‘Orphaned’ oil and gas wells are on the rise

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‘Orphaned’ oil and gas wells are on the rise

Wells left behind by industry threaten to further saddle Western states
Steve Labowskie of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission walks around an abandoned Red Mesa Holdings oil well about 30 miles southwest of Durango.
The state has plugged and reclaimed 52 orphaned wells since 2013, at an average cost of $82,500 each.
Steve Labowskie walks around a Red Mesa Holdings well. A downturn in energy prices starting back in 2008 has led energy companies to orphan thousands of wells across Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Officially, Colorado has 244 orphaned wells on its books, but state officials estimate another 400 have yet to be located.

‘Orphaned’ oil and gas wells are on the rise

Steve Labowskie of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission walks around an abandoned Red Mesa Holdings oil well about 30 miles southwest of Durango.
The state has plugged and reclaimed 52 orphaned wells since 2013, at an average cost of $82,500 each.
Steve Labowskie walks around a Red Mesa Holdings well. A downturn in energy prices starting back in 2008 has led energy companies to orphan thousands of wells across Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Officially, Colorado has 244 orphaned wells on its books, but state officials estimate another 400 have yet to be located.
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