29 Jan '15, 7pm

Abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking methane across the USA

Those leading the Princeton study chose 19 wells in the McKean and Potter counties in Northwest Pennsylvania, which serve as a small population of nationwide wells. They found that in addition to being abandoned, left out in forests and yards, and in some cases wide open, the origins of the wells sampled and their conditions didn’t exist. So not only are there likely more wells like this leaking throughout the country, but there isn’t any documentation to demonstrate how long they’ve been there, what amounts they’re leaking, or even the fact that they still exist. Only one of the wells was on the state’s list of abandoned wells, which suggests there may be many more that haven’t been documented. Because of this lack of information, Mary Kang , then a doctoral candidate in civil and environmental engineering at Princeton, said it’s hard to know when the wells were drilled a...

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/abandoned-oil-and-gas-wells-are-leak...

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