|Pennsylvania family says gas drilling turning paradise home into nightmare|
|Locating abandoned wells is not an easy process. Currently it requires boot and eyes on the ground to locate the signs of old wells. Department of Energy / National Energy Technology Laboratory is trying to change that. Their project uses aerial magnetic imaging, computer analysis and ground verification of specific sites to locate the wells. This video discusses using magnetic imaging as a way to detect abandoned oil and gas wells.|
|Pennsylvania Environmental Council discussion of the problem of methane emission.|
|Professor Tony Ingraffia discusses the problem of unplugged Abandoned wells in areas where new drilling and fracking are occurring. The fracking process can cause fracking fluids to leak from abandoned oil and gas wells in the vicinity.|
|Save Our Streams PA is working at raising awareness about the health, safety and environmental issues associated with abandoned oil and gas wells. Additionally their program promotes the plugging of abandoned wells.|
|Here is another video from
Save Our Streams PA describing drilling on State Game Land.
That sounds like a really great idea.
|This was formerly a YouTube video about the over 27,000 abandoned oil and gas well in the Gulf of Mexico and the environmental concerns they pose. The video was removed from YouTube due to a copywrite problems associated with some of the content.|
|A video about the Ohio orphan well program|
|A video about the problem of methane gas released from abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania.|
|A California program to plug abandoned water wells. The plugging process is almost the same for oil and gas wells. The exception is that several cement plugs are placed in an oil well to seperate oil, gas and coal layers from the water layer closer to the surface.|
|A look back at the history of the oil industry from the perspective of the region where it began.|
|An abandoned well leaking methane (natural gas)|
|This video from Save Our Streams PA has a history of the oil industry and drilling and plugging law in PA.|
|Pennsylvania Environmental Council video on abandoned coal mines and oil wells.|
Drake Well Museum does a better job of describing the history of the Oil Region but here are a few links to some interesting videos.
History in Our Backyard Many of the old photos in this film are from the Drake Well Museum and show the hill sides of the Oil Creek Valley
As we do our well hunting, we frequently find remenants of oil field activity. Some of the items are familiar to us since they are part of the "central power" system used to operate the pumping jacks. Other items are unknown to us and we have to goto old oil field workers to find out what they are. Sometimes we are still not sure.