Orphan Well Field Experience – August 8-10, 2023

BLUHM #004 API #25-101-10073

August 8-10, 2023
Shelby, Montana

This exciting new hands-on experience is offered exclusively to members of the Well Done Foundation Roughnecks, our new supporter membership program. Click here to learn more and join today!

Orphan Well Field Experience participants will work alongside the Well Done Foundation Team, measuring orphan well methane emissions using the latest industry technology and techniques, as well as participate in the actual well plugging where you will have the chance to work on the “Rig Floor” and try your hand at “Roughnecking” with our Montana Rig Crew as they trip pipe in and out of the wellbore, pump cement and gel spacers, using special Well Done materials.

The Bluhm #004 Legacy Oil Well in Toole County, Montana was drilled in September of 1928 to a final depth of 1,625’ into the Madison Limestone formation. This well became an Orphan in the early 1990’s when the last operator, Cavalier Petroleum, went out of business and the well formally became the responsibility of the State of Montana.

The Bluhm #004 Orphaned Well has a greenhouse gas emission factor of over 1,000 metric tons of CO2e per year. That environmental impact equals more than 400 automobiles – and we can stop it now!

* Scholarships available. Inquire for details.
  • From Great Falls airport to Shelby
  • All transportation in Shelby
  • Back to Great Falls from Shelby
  • Two nights in Shelby (August 8-9)
    Comfort Inn & Suites
  • One night in Great Falls (August 10)
    Holiday Inn Express
  • August 8: Dinner in Shelby
  • August 9: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Shelby
  • August 10: Breakfast and lunch in Shelby, dinner in Great Falls
  • All safety equipment and training
  • Water and snacks on field days

What is NOT Included

  • Airfare / transportation to or from Great Falls
  • Transportation from hotel in Great Falls to the airport for departure

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Sturdy Boots (steel/composite toe western style work boots are best). Comfy boots are the key to a successful camp
  • Layered clothing options to be worn UNDER the WDF provided FR Coveralls
  • Cameras/video welcome
  • Drones are OK, but need to be approved
  • Laptop is optional

Virtual Orientation

  • WDF will provide an important pre-trip orientation via video conference prior to the Field Experience
August 8, 2023
Arrive in Great Falls, MT
WDF will arrange transportation from the airport in Great Falls to the hotel in Shelby, MT
August 9, 2023
Field Day 1
Shelby, MT
Safety orientation, field history and overview, orphan well pre-plugging methane measurement and monitoring, surface restoration
August 10, 2023
Field Day 2
Shelby, MT
Safety briefing, orphan well plugging, post plugging methane monitoring, surface restoration.
Depart Shelby, MT after Field Day 2 activities Transportation provided back to Great Falls for dinner, then to hotel in Great Falls

Questions? Email us at info@welldonefoundation.org for more information