oil and gas

On the left: a leaking abandoned oil and gas well in Union County. On the right: a picture of the well site cleaned up in September 2023.

More than 600 ‘orphan’ oil and gas wells plugged in Kentucky with federal funds

BY: - October 19, 2023

The director of the Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas told state lawmakers Thursday that 627 so-called “orphan” oil and gas wells have been plugged thanks to recent federal funding, though thousands of such abandoned wells remain across the state.  Dennis Hatfield, the Kentucky Division of Oil and Gas director, said the state officials estimate […]

Lack of bidders increasing costs to plug abandoned oil and gas wells in Kentucky

BY: - December 5, 2022

Contractors  have started plugging some of the thousands of oil and gas wells abandoned by the fossil fuel industry across Kentucky, using new federal funding. But a lack of companies able or willing to bid on the work is increasing costs, a Kentucky official said recently.  Kentucky received an initial $25 million grant through the […]