Ohio seeks to plug oil and gas wells, plans to award $25M

Published: Jan. 7, 2020 at 9:47 AM EST
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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has announced plans to plug a backlog of orphan and idle wells.

A department spokesman says the Division of Oil and Gas Resources has been focused on increasing the number of eligible contractors to bid to plug the wells.

Orphan and idle wells are oil and gas wells that have been plugged improperly and don't have an owner that can pay to have them plugged.

The division has been making revisions to the Orphan Well Program to allow landowners to contract with companies to plug low risk wells and have begun to packing more wells into contracts.