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An abandoned, unplugged well near the Allegheny National Forest
Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, October 11:
About 8,000 wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale since the rush to extract natural gas began a few years ago. By law, the wells are regulated and must have permits. As a result, the state has records on the wells.
What many may not realize is since oil was first dicovered in Titusville more than 150 years ago, 325 thousand oil and gas wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania. Since the state has records for only 120 thousand of them, some 200 thousand are unaccounted for and are abandoned or "orphaned."
StateImpact Pennsylvania's Scott Detrow is reporting on abandoned wells this week in his series "Perilous Pathways." The abandoned wells could be potentially dangerous because they could allow methane gas to migrate to the surface. A gas and water filled geyser blew 30 feet into the air in Tioga County this summer.
Detrow will appear on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss his findings.
StateImpact Pennsylvania is a collaboration between WITF, WHYY, and NPR. The project covers Pennsylvania's booming energy economy with a focus on Marcellus Shale drilling.
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