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PRI's Environmental News Magazine

DOE Looks for Orphan Wells

Air Date: Week of May 24, 2013

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Surveying helicopter

The federal government is pushing new efforts to deal with an old problem – abandoned oil and gas wells. In Pennsylvania, there may be as many as 100,000 orphan wells. If the wells were not sealed properly, they could explode. As The Allegheny Front’s Kate Malongowski reports, the government is using high-tech helicopters to find out where these wells are located.

Transcript

Transcript forthcoming.

 

Links

PA Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Abandoned & Orphaned Well Program

PA Geological Survey website

PA’s Orphan Well Project

The Allegheny Front, environmental radio for western Pennsylvania

 

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