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Orphaned wells are oil or gas wells that are no longer in operation, but they were not properly dismantled and plugged. Leaving them opened in this state allows greenhouse gas emissions to escape the well and for it to potentially leach chemicals into the ground. Plugging orphaned wells is a...

Orphaned wells are abandoned oil or gas wells that are not currently managed by a responsible owner. They are often several thousand feet deep, so they can access oil or gas deposits, but this depth also means the wells reach deep groundwater supplies and areas of methane and other harmful...

Supporting nonprofits dedicated to habitat protection and reducing greenhouse gas emissions can make a significant impact. However, you want to ensure your contributions reach reputable organizations. Here are some tips to help you find and donate to a legitimate climate change-focused nonprofit organization. Perform Research and Verification Before donating, thoroughly...

Orphaned wells are abandoned oil or gas wells without a responsible owner to manage their maintenance or proper closure. These wells can pose significant environmental and safety hazards, including: Groundwater contamination from hydrocarbons seeping into the ground. Contamination can poison groundwater for inhabitants, livestock, or agricultural purposes, putting livelihoods at...

In 2019, when the nonprofit Well Done Foundation was formed in Bozeman, MT, its founder Curtis Shuck was inspired to find a market-based solution to help address the orphaned well problem in North America following a life-changing experience in Northern Montana. For Curtis, this quickly became a mission and a...

An orphaned oil or gas well is a well that has been abandoned by its owner and is no longer being maintained. These wells can pose a serious threat to our water supplies, as they can leak oil, gas, and other pollutants into our drinking water. There are an estimated...