Environmental and Health Risks

        Priority Plugging List
          A list of 3,582 unplugged oil and gas wells in New York State, compiled by the Department of Environmental Conservation. April, 2014.

        History of Oil and Gas Well Abandonment in New York
          by Ronald E. Bishop, Ph.D., C.H.O, Chemistry & Biochemistry Departmetn at SUNY College, Oneonta. Published by Sustainable Otsego, January 2012.

        New York State Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources 1995
          From the Division of Mineral Resources Annual Report: One of the biggest challenges facing the oil and gas regulatory program is the growing liability of idle and abandoned wells. In most cases financial security, even for operators in compliance with current regulations, does not provide sufficient funding to plug the covered wells. When operators default on their tax bills and counties foreclose on properties that contain unplugged wells, those wells become a liability for local taxpayers. This is not a hypothetical worst-case scenario, but reflect current events already happening in the counties.

        PLUGGED WELLS AND FINANCIAL SECURITY, ABANDONED AND ORPHAN WELLS
          An excerpt from a 2010 NYS DEC Division of Mineral Resources Report.

Environmental and Health Risks
        Overview
        Powerpoints and Videos
        Health Impacts
        Health Impacts - New York State
        Health Impacts - The Battlement Mesa Health Impact Assessment
        Health Impacts - Powerpoints & Videos
        Abandoned Wells
        Air Contamination
        Animal Health
        Biodiversity
        Brine Spreading
        Chemicals
        Compressor Station Accidents
        Consumptive Water Use
        Cumulative Impact
        Drilling in Our Forests
        Earthquakes
        Farming & Food
        Frac Sand
        Fracking Fluid
        Human Rights
        Hunting and Fishing
        Infrastructure: Compressor Stations, Pipelines etc.
        Injection Wells
        LNG
        Methan Emissions & Climate Change
        Methane Migration
        Pipeline Safety
        Public Lands and National Parks
        Produced Water
        Radioactivity
        Rail Transport
        Regulatory Issues
        Scientists Weigh In
        Social Impacts
        Soil Contamination
        Surface Effects
        Trucking and Road & Infrastructure Damage
        Violations and Enforcement
        Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's)
        Wastewater
        Water Contamination
        Water Contamination Incidents
        Water Stress
        Well Integrity
        Dimock, Pennsylvania
        Brookfield, NY
        DISH, Texas
        Eagle Ford, Texas
        Franklin Forks, PA
        Le Roy, NY
        Parker County, TX
        Pavilion, WY