Orphaned wells are defined by most states as inactive with no responsible party to plug the well and restore the location. Historically many of these wells are pre-regulatory and states now have stringent regulations in place to prevent their occurrence.
IOGCC has been a leader in the study of orphan wells, their costs, and the regulations associated with their management. The responsibility for monitoring and plugging orphan wells falls to the states. Although many states have established plugging funds, the costs of plugging these wells is an extreme financial burden. IOGCC member states continue efforts to explore innovative and financial means to plug orphan wells.
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