Plugging ‘Orphan’ Wells with Curtis Shuck

For Drilling In-Site, episode 33, hosts Jeremy Verdusco and Brock Yordy welcome Curtis Shuck, chairman and CEO of the Well Done Foundation. The non-profit in 2019 took on the ambitious mission of plugging every “orphan” well in Montana — and beyond.

“Our particular program is really air/emissions-centric,” Shuck says. “Often, states have a prioritization process that typically has been driven by oil at the surface, either groundwater interaction or surface water interaction. It’s only been recently that [we’ve had] this whole awareness of methane gas and the problem that it’s creating. Our focus is primarily on the air/emissions side.”