Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shallow Wells Bonding Requirements Must Be Strengthened

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shallow Wells Bonding Requirements Must Be Strengthened

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An Alabama-based oil and gas company has gone on a buying spree, scooping up gas wells throughout our region. Diversified Gas & Oil owns about 24,000 of them, including more than a thousand they call "unloved" wells. The state Department of Environmental Protection calls them abandoned.

In the shallow gas well business, owners of wells are expected to post a bond with the state. That bond acts as an insurance policy that pays out if the well owner fails to follow proper plugging procedures. The bond amount, $2,500 per well, is far too low.

The Western Organization of Resource Councils, a 15,000-member watchdog group, calls the situation a "reclamation crisis" across the U.S. "Bonding amounts should reflect current reclamation costs to protect our land and taxpayer liability," the organization has said. …

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