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Millions of Americans live near abandoned, toxic oil and gas wells. What does the government plan to do about it?

Posted on AllSides January 9th, 2022
From The Center
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Millions of Americans live near an abandoned oil or gas well — 9 million live within just one mile.

Long forgotten by energy companies who packed up once they’re no longer viable or went bankrupt, “orphaned wells” spew toxic methane gas and pose a serious public health risk.

A new program spearheaded by the Bureau of Land Management and bolstered by the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package is aimed at plugging those forgotten wells, which are found in over half of the nation’s states.

The package sets aside almost $5 billion for...

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