Newsclip®: [Business] DEP study of leaky abandoned wells tries to quantify a hidden climate threat

"RUSH TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY — The rusty gas well in the forest clearing was easy to spot, its vent pipe as tall as a man and the grass around it only shin high. For the novice well hunters who traveled to the tract of state game lands last week, the 33-year-old well was a suitable substitute for less conspicuous relics of older oil and gas extraction eras they were learning how to identify. The idea is to take stock of an unwieldy class of hundreds of thousands of abandoned wells in Pennsylvania about which little is known, including where exactly they all are. Researchers with the state and at various universities and institutions are trying to determine what risk the old wells pose to the climate, the surrounding soil and water, and human health. The most acute risks are well known —", powersource.post-gazette.com


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