Big South Fork to plug 45 abandoned wells

February 26, 2010 (WLVT TV, Knoxville, TN). – The National Park Service will plug 45 abandoned oil and gas wells in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

All 45 abandoned wells dot the backwoods of the park’s 115,000 thousand acres and some of them dated more than a century. Park officials said they were unable to locate the owner of each well, so they’ve taken them over and will use American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to plug the wells and reclaim each site. Read the full story here.