So today's news from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is good news for the people in Erie County. DEP announced that between December 2009 and March 2010 they "successfully eliminated potential pollution and public safety hazards" by plugging 11 abandoned gas wells.
The problem with abandoned gas wells, saysDEP Northwest Regional Director Kelly Burch, is that they "
can pollutestreams and drinking water supplies and, in some situations, pose explosive dangers to nearby residents and communities. This is a public safety concern, as well as an environmental protection issue."
Five of the 11 wells were in the City of
So, who pays for plugging abandoned wells? According to DEP these 11 wells were plugged using