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.