FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRENCH CREEK VALLEY CONSERVANCY AND WELL DONE FOUNDATION TEAM-UP FOR EARTH DAY 2022
The 40-Year-Old Land Conservation Nonprofit to Collaborate with the WDF to Plug Well in Northwestern Pennsylvania
Meadville, PA – Dec 27, 2021 – French Creek Valley Conservancy (FCVC) and the Well Done Foundation (WDF) today announced a collaborative effort to plug an orphaned gas well located within the FCVC watershed service area, situated in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Work has already begun between the two nonprofit organizations, and they have targeted their first plugging in Erie County for Earth Day (April 22) 2022.
Located near Waterford, Pennsylvania, the abandoned well dates back to 1982 and in its current state, threatens the waters of LeBoeuf Creek, a major tributary to French Creek.
“We appreciate the great work that the FCVC does and their thoughtful approach to stewardship and community engagement,” WDF Chairman Curtis Shuck said. “Partnering with the FCVC just makes sense and helps to establish a platform that other organizations can use to construct similar cohorts.”
French Creek is nationally recognized as one of the most biologically important waterways in the entire country. Flowing through the heart of Northwest Pennsylvania, French Creek hosts an astonishing 27 species of native freshwater mussels, over 80 species of fish, boasts a rich historical significance and offers plentiful recreational opportunities. This region also has a robust historical role as a trade corridor, dating back hundreds of years.
“FCVC is thrilled to partner with Well Done in this project,” FCVC Executive Director Brenda Costa said. “As a small non-profit organization, we often rely on partners for their expertise and resources to help us in our conservation work. WDF will be helping us with a challenging project we were struggling to address.”
About French Creek Valley Conservancy
Founded in 1982, French Creek Valley Conservancy is an accredited land trust working to protect the French Creek Watershed, with more than 3,000 acres of land under permanent protection. FCVC’s work insures important, undeveloped natural places are conserved in perpetuity. These lands are important to protect French Creek’s biodiversity and exceptional water quality, but also to promote the health and physical well-being of residents and those who recreate in the watershed. For more information, visit www.frenchcreekconservancy.org.
About the Well Done Foundation
Formed in 2019, the Well Done Foundation enables the oil and gas industry to partner with the conservation community to create an alternative pathway to success that benefits all. The Well Done Process, which does not include any public funding, creates a strategic partnership among regulators, surface owners and adoptive parties, leading to a safe and seamless system that provides cost-effective and lasting results that improve the environment while working with the industry in a transparent structure that delivers value to its Triple Bottom Line: community partnerships (people), environmental responsibility (planet), and economic benefits (profit). Montana’s Golden Triangle Region is home to some of the richest soil and most productive growing acres in the United States. The Well Done Foundation works with its partners to transition the orphaned well sites into their next levels of service. For more information, visit https://welldonefoundation.org/.