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Friday, April 11, 2014

Wyoming to begin work on orphaned wells

Wyoming regulators are prepared to begin plugging some of the 1,200 abandoned coal-bed methane wells on state and private land in the Powder River Basin.
The effort to close the abandoned wells comes several years after the collapse of the CBM industry and amid increasing pressure from landowners, who want the wells reclaimed or converted to water production. Gov. Matt Mead announced a plan in December to spend $3 million to close about 300 wells in each of the next four years.
"I think if the state keeps their foot on the accelerator we can do 300 in a year," said Robert King, an independent contractor hired by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to spearhead the effort.
The state has finalized plans to plug 67 wells south of Gillette and will begin work as soon as weather permits. The Oil and Gas Commission is also accepting bids to close another 141 wells in Campbell and Sheridan counties, King said. Read More...