Orphaned Wells: The Widespread Problem and the Potential Solutions

WVSORO believes that the most widespread property rights and pollution issue in West Virginia is orphaned oil and gas wells.  There are 4,500 already on property owners across the State.  We predict another 10,000 in 30 years. The Legislature needs to take action.


WVSORO has created this article explaining the problem of orphaned wells, and that the West Virginia legislature needs to enact legislation to plug existing orphaned, unplugged oil and gas wells, AND to enact legislation to prevent more wells from being orphaned!


Even the West Virginia State Journal recognized the problem with a front page story (pdf here) and an editorial (pdf here).

Contact your legislators and tell them to fix the orphaned well problem!


Jan 16 2020  Updates and Alerts
Dave McMahon Metro News Radio Interview: Update on Orphaned Well Bills
Dec 1 2019  Blog
WV-SORO 2020 Legislative Priorities
May 14 2019  Press Release
Surface Owners’ Rights Organization Renews Request to Governor To Put Well Plugging Money Bill on Special Session Call
Apr 15 2019  Updates and Alerts
Legislative Update 2019: What Happened & What’s Next

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