Lest you be lulled into thinking that energy companies have seen the light and turned over a new leaf, this was just published by Spotlight PA:
A new report by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection says conventional oil and gas drillers improperly abandoned thousands of additional wells here between 2017 and 2021 — often with impunity.
Abandoned wells leak the greenhouse gas methane, which contributes to climate change, and drillers are required to report and plug them.
Otherwise it falls to the state, “the plugger of last resort,” which already has an estimated 200,000 wells to close at an average cost of $30,000 a piece.
“The industry’s recent record of compliance is troubling and requires DEP’s Office of Oil and Gas Management to explore new techniques for deterring violations and encouraging compliance,” the report says.Read more (click here)