Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, October 11:
About 8,000 wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale since the rush to extract natural gas began a few years ago. By law, the wells are regulated and must have permits. As a result, the state has records on the wells.
What many may not realize is since oil was first dicovered in Titusville more than 150 years ago, 325 thousand oil and gas wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania. Since the state has records for only 120 thousand of them, some 200 thousand are unaccounted for and are abandoned or "orphaned."Radio Smart Talk: Abandoned oil and gas wells throughout PA | News | witf.org