Practical Methods for Locating Abandoned Wells in Populated Areas

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An estimated 12 million wells have been drilled during the 150 years of oil and gas production in the United States. Many old oil and gas fields are now populated areas where the presence of improperly plugged wells may constitute a hazard to residents. Natural gas emissions from wells have forced people from their houses and businesses and have caused explosions that injured or killed people and destroyed property. To mitigate this hazard, wells must be located and properly plugged, a task made more difficult by the presence of houses, businesses, and associated utilities. This paper describes well finding methods ... continued below

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Veloski, G. A.; Hammack, R. W. & Lynn, R. J. September 1, 2007.

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An estimated 12 million wells have been drilled during the 150 years of oil and gas production in the United States. Many old oil and gas fields are now populated areas where the presence of improperly plugged wells may constitute a hazard to residents. Natural gas emissions from wells have forced people from their houses and businesses and have caused explosions that injured or killed people and destroyed property. To mitigate this hazard, wells must be located and properly plugged, a task made more difficult by the presence of houses, businesses, and associated utilities. This paper describes well finding methods conducted by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) that were effective at two small towns in Wyoming and in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Publisher - Proceedings of the 2007 Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP), 2007, 17 pp.

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  • 2007 Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP), Denver, CO, Apr. 1-5, 2007

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Veloski, G. A.; Hammack, R. W. & Lynn, R. J. Practical Methods for Locating Abandoned Wells in Populated Areas, article, September 1, 2007; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc887846/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.