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.”
The foundation brings together state agencies, regulators, landowners, drill contractors and a cast of other characters to finish a job left behind by, for example, a bankrupted oil & gas company. Some of these abandoned wells emit tons of methane, so putting drillers to work plugging them makes environmental sense.
As a non-profit, WDF operates with corporate sponsorship for wells and donations, and through selling “climate benefit units.” The group, which now operates in Montana, Pennsylvania and Louisiana, also seeks well-qualified drilling partners. Find out more at https://welldonefoundation.com.
This episode covers topics like:
- Putting an oilfield services background to work in conservation
- Equipment drillers use in plugging orphan oil & gas wells
- Locating abandoned wells
- Safety procedures for plugging orphan oil & gas wells
- Grouting and pumps
- Closure reporting for orphan oil & gas wells
- How to sponsor an orphan oil & gas well project
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