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NETL Story Map Rediscovery of Abandoned Wells in the World's First Oil Field

To find old methane-leaking oil wells, researchers look to history

New Abandoned Wells: DEP Records Show Abandoning Oil & Gas Wells Without Plugging Them Is Pervasive In Conventional Drilling Industry; Who Is Protecting Taxpayers? (March 2022)

PA Environmental Digest Blog - Federal Infrastructure Well Plugging (Feb 7, 2022)

Unplugged - Pittsburgh Post Gazette - April 3, 2020

Old oil and gas sites are a climate menace. Meet the company that owns more of America’s decaying wells than any other. By Zachary R. Mider and Rachel Adams-Heard of Bloomberg Green

Video of Methane Hunting trip by Zachary R. Mider and Rachel Adams-Heard of Bloomberg Green

With Billions in Federal Dollars, Will Pennsylvania Finally Cap Its Abandoned, Polluting Oil Wells? (Capital & Main) - December 8, 2021

Surge in funds gives hope for plugging wells. How to distribute money next challenge for state. (By LAURA LEGERE AND ANYA LITVAK PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE)

Plugging abandoned wells boosts local economies

CBS News Video: Abandoned gas and oil wells becoming an environmental threat in the U.S.

Solar Energy Webinars Mostly for leaseing your land.

Healthy Macros, Healthy Streams! Penn State Extension Service

Who owns the stream in PA.

Video Retired Oil Exec Wants to Plug Up Millions of Abandoned Wells Across the US

Super Enzyme - Eats Plastic

Penn State Extension - Drinking Water Webinars

Penn State Extension - Drinking Water Webinars For Master Well Owners Network (MWON)


Izaak Walton League - Clean Water Webinars


Repairing the Damage from Hazardous Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells - Ohio River Valley Institute

Well Plugging Liabilities by State

Plugging Liabilities

Oil and Gas Firms Are Saddling States with Billions in Cleanup Costs

Pennsylvania Faces New Wave of Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells


Watersheds Maps of PA

PA Watersheds

Impaired Streams [ Click on number 2 -- Click on red stream to get additional info. ]

303(d) List of Impaired Streams

Proposed new study area. -- Wolf Run

Water Cycle Program (download)


Private Water Wells


SHARC—Shale Research Clearinghouse (beta) SHARC is a publicly accessible, curated clearinghouse for information on the economic, health, and environmental impacts of oil and gas development.

Opposition mounts to proposed shale gas wastewater facility

Radioactivity from Oil and Gas Wastewater Persists in Pennsylvania Stream Sediments

Pennsylvania confirms first fracking-related earthquakes

Spate of small earthquakes shuts down fracking activity in Lawrence County

"Shale Gas and Oil Development" A presentation at Dickinson College by Anthony "Tony" Ingraffea of Cornell University discussing the gas industry myths, new research, leaking wells and effects of methane on Climate Change

NASA Climate Science

A map that shows the locations of Abandoned Wells found by Venango PaSEC and wells plugged by DEP
See the Map

A map showing the locations of unconventional gas wells and our stream monitoring locations.
Clicking on a stream location will provide a link to our data.
Stream Monitoring Map

ALLARM water monitoring database

Stream Baseline Data

What We Do!

Leaking well

Locate Leaking Abandoned Well

Macrocollecting

Water Monitoring
Macro-invertebrate Collection

Watershed education

Watershed Education
Revegetating a Stream Bank

Mine water from well

Water Flowing From Abandoned Well

Well Hunters

Orphan Well Hunters