CSAC Bulletin Article

CSAC Seeking Information on Orphaned Wells

March 14, 2024

CSAC is seeking information regarding the role counties play in orphaned wells, in relation to AB 3019 Idle wells: Hazardous and Idle-Deserted Well Abatement Fund: legacy oil and gas wells: skilled and trained workforce. An orphan well is an oil or gas well that is idle and deserted and has an operator that is not locatable, has gone bankrupt, or is otherwise no longer responsible. AB 3019 would allow a percentage of funds from the Hazardous and Idle-Deserted Well Abatement Fund to be used by counties that have at least 100 legacy oil and gas wells and can plug the wells quicker than the California Department of Conservation.

In order to evaluate the legislative proposal appropriately, CSAC would like to know:

  1. How many orphaned wells are located in your county?
  2. Does your county currently do plugging & abandonment work?
  3. Does your county have other concerns regarding idle and orphaned wells that we should be aware of?

Please send your responses to Ada Waelder, awaelder@counties.org and Amber Garcia Rossow, arossow@counties.org by Friday, March 22nd.

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