Colorado launches effort to plug abandoned wells in La Plata County

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Colorado launches effort to plug abandoned wells in La Plata County

Armed with a strong budget, state regulator can now tackle orphaned gas sites
The state of Colorado plans to plug about 10 wells in La Plata County this year and hopes to increase that amount annually as regulators address longstanding abandoned sites.
In recent years, the state of Colorado has increased its budget from less than a half million to $5 million to address the hundreds of orphan wells across the state.
Drilling pipe is used to drill down through the existing well hole so crews can pump cement into the orphan gas well sealing it southeast of Redmesa. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has identified several orphan wells in the area that need plugging.

Colorado launches effort to plug abandoned wells in La Plata County

The state of Colorado plans to plug about 10 wells in La Plata County this year and hopes to increase that amount annually as regulators address longstanding abandoned sites.
In recent years, the state of Colorado has increased its budget from less than a half million to $5 million to address the hundreds of orphan wells across the state.
Drilling pipe is used to drill down through the existing well hole so crews can pump cement into the orphan gas well sealing it southeast of Redmesa. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has identified several orphan wells in the area that need plugging.
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