The Gulf of Mexico is packed with abandoned oil wells from a host of companies including BP, according to an investigation by Associated Press, which describes the area as “an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades”.
Original AP Article: AP IMPACT: Gulf awash in 27,000 abandoned wells
￼￼A Study of Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells and Methane and Other Hazardous Gas Accumulations
“Use the map below to explore orphaned wells across Texas. Enter a Texas address to see orphan wells in that area.”
“Do you know many houses were built on the top of Abandoned Oil Wells in the California Huntington Beach? The City of Huntington Beach requires disclosure of all Abandoned Oil Wells and Methane Areas affecting a property to future owners.”
“There are over 4,000 Abandoned Oil Wells in Long Beach, over 2,200 Abandoned Oil Wells in the San Pedro Area, over 1,600 in Signal Hill, over 1700 in the South Bay, and around 3,600 from Seal Beach to Newport. How many houses were built on the top of Abandoned Oil Wells?”
“Every stream and river in Pennsylvania has exceptional qualities and unique attributes.
Not only are they a source of pride and aesthetic beauty, but more importantly, streams provide the drinking water for millions of people. Our streams are one of Pennsylvania’s most valuable resources. Pennsylvania streams provide many opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoyment. Tourists from around the country travel to Pennsylvania each year to fish our waters. Pennsylvania is also home to thousands of orphan, abandoned, unplugged and lost oil and gas wells. Some of these wells were inadequately plugged years ago with pine trees and materials that have deteriorated over time. On Nov. 1st, 2011 Save Our Streams PA kicked off a ‘Scavenger Hunt’ for locating lost, orphan and abandoned oil and gas wells to promote awareness by photographing and getting GPS locations for these wells and matching the photos with their GPS locations on Google maps that are easily accessible for online viewing.”
Scavenger Hunt: http://scavengerhuntpa.tripod.com
Save Our Streams PA on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SaveOurStreamsPA
“Abandoned wells can leak oil and explosive natural gas. Fracking can make the problem worse, but finding them first is a challenge.” – An introduction into abandonment of oil & gas wells.