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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Orphan Wells Plague, Feds Lag Behind State

Bill and Marge West farm out near Arvada on land originally homesteaded by Bill West’s dad in 1919.
“We’re about the last farmers in Campbell County. Everyone else quit,” Bill West said.
With a miniature schnauzer on his lap, he drove around his property pointing out all the orphan wells that pepper his land. There are nearly 100 of them, and none of them have been reclaimed yet.
“We’re going to be one of the last ones they clean up, I suppose,” he said.
Not only are these wells crowded with noxious weeds and a hazard for West’s farm equipment, there’s a potential for groundwater contamination. Read more: