WDF Now Provides Training and Detection Equipment for Landowners with Orphaned Wells on their Properties


Bozeman, MT – June 21, 2022  – The Well Done Foundation (WDF) today rolled out a special Landowner Assistance Program, with a dedicated page on the WDF website just for landowners who suspect that they may have an orphan well on their property, according to WDF founder and chairman Curtis Shuck.


The conservation NGO will provide training and detection equipment to help assess the potential problem and, depending upon the findings, will schedule an in-person site visit. Among the millions of orphaned oil and gas wells throughout North America, many are on private property and were abandoned by their operators decades ago, causing environmental hazards in agricultural areas, greenspaces and residential neighborhoods.


“We now know that this orphan well problem is much bigger than originally reported, and we felt that the right thing for our Foundation to do was to offer a much-needed hand to these landowners who were left holding the bag,” Shuck said. “The WDF can provide them with safety training and equipment to do a proper evaluation.”


Shuck said most states are overwhelmed and understaffed right now, and the outlook for the foreseeable future is more of the same. “I receive several random calls each day from landowners who are just looking for some thoughtful advice and a discussion about their options,” he said.


Giving back to the community is at the heart of the Well Done Foundation’s mission, and the NGO offers this resource to landowners now at https://www.welldonefoundation.org/landowners/.



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/.