It’s Friday, May 29, and this former oil man is fighting climate change one abandoned oil well at a time.
Oil and gas companies are supposed to plug up the deep wells they dig to extract fossil fuels from the ground once they’re done drilling. But when companies go bankrupt, some of them just walk away, leaving states to deal with (or, in many cases, ignore) those “orphan” wells. The millions of orphan wells scattered across oil-rich states aren’t just unsightly — they emit potentially millions of tons of methane every year they remain unplugged and pollute local environments.
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