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Orphan Wells

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Identifying & Plugging Orphan Wells



Report on Idle/Orphan Wells, Presentation, August 26, 2019, by Hal Fitch

Houston Harbaugh, Article 2019, by Robert J. Burnett
"Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells - More Than Just a Rusty Eyesore"

PennState Extension, Article October 23, 2018, by Seth Pelepko and Luke Plants
"Addressing Orphan and Abandoned Wells from a Regulatory and Industry Perspective"

Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law, Article 2018, by Bret Wells and Tracy Hester
"Abandoned but Not Forgotten: Improperly Plugged and Orphaned Wells May Pose Serious Concerns for Shale Development"

AAPG Datapages, Article 2018, by Richard Hammack, Garret Veloski, and James Sams  
"Using Drone Magnetic and LiDAR Surveys to Locate Unmarked, Abandoned Wells Prior to Unconventional Oil and Gas Development"

The Denver Channel, Article July 18, 2018, by Blair Miller
"Hickenlooper's executive order aims to eliminate Colorado's orphaned oil and gas wells"

Occupational Safety and Health Administration, article January 18, 2018, by OSHA
"Plugging and Abandoning Oil and Gas Wells"

Offshore, Article November 19, 2017, by Delaney Olstad
"New P&A technology cuts operational time in half"

AAPG Datapages, Article June 2017, by James I. Sams III, Garret A. Veloski, J. Rodney Diehi and Richard W. Hammack  
"Methods and challenges to locating legacy wells in western Pennsylvania: Case study at Hillman State Park"

SEG Library, Article April 1995, by Lawrence J. Baer, Bob Overfelt, and Ted Faile
"Total Field Magnetic Surveys to Locate Abandoned Wells: Three Case Histories"


SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Conference October 27-29, 2014, by George Everette King and Randy L. Valencia
"Environmental Risk and Well Integrity of Plugged and Abandoned Wells"

SPE Western Regional & AAPG Pacific Section Meeting, Conference April 19-25, 2013, by Bruce H. Hesson
"California Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas, And Geothermal Resources: Orphan Well Program"



SEG Library, Paper June 2019, by Alex Nikulin and Timothy S. de Smet
"A UAV-based magnetic survey method to detect and identify orphaned oil and gas wells"

SEG Library, Paper September 2018, by Jay Stratton, Doug Valleau
"Using Drone Magnetic and LiDAR Surveys to Locate Unmarked, Abandoned Wells Prior to Unconventional Oil and Gas Development"

RFF Report, paper May 2016, by Jacqueline Ho, Alan Krupnick, Katrina McLaughlin, Clayton Munnings, and Jhih-Shyang Shih 
"Plugging the Gaps in Inactive Well Policy"

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Paper November 2014, by Department of Environmental Protection
"Abandoned and Orphan Oil and Gas Wells and the Well Plugging Program"

The Office of Oil and Gas; Oil and Gas Wells West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, powerpoint pdf October 24, 2012, by DEP
"Abandoned Wells"

SEG Library, Paper March 2006, by Lawrence M. Gochioco and Fred Ruev
"Detecting and Imaging Hard-to-find abandoned wells and pipelines"

SEG Library, Paper January 2004, by Technical Program Chairperson(s)
"Using High-Resolution Magnetic Method and Gradient Method to Locate Abandoned Brine Wells in Hutchinson, Kansas"

SEG Library, Paper January 2002, by Technical Program Chairperson(s)
"Using the Electromagnetic Method to Locate Abandoned Brine Wells in Hutchinson, Kansas"



Alberta Energy Regulator, Video May 07, 2019, by Anita Lewis
"Abandoned and Orphaned Wells"

Energy & Environment Symposium, Video May 18, 2018, by Heidi Gill, Dave Andrew, Chad Calvert, and Jason Elkins
"2018 - Plugged and Abandoned Wells - Panel"

cantonrep, Video January 26, 2018, by Shane Hoover
"Plugging an Orphan Wells"

GHToeset, Video June 08, 2015, by Shane Hoover
"Finding Abandoned Wells"

OhioDNR, Video February 26, 2014, by The Ohio Department of Natural Resources
"Plugging Orphan Wells"

OhioDNR, Video February 26, 2014, by Jim Zehringer
"Strengthening Efforts to Plug Orphan Oil & Gas Wells"

Arqam Khan, Video May 14, 2009, by Arqam Khan
"Abandoned Oil Gas Wells"

Subject Matter Experts


Hal Fitch

H.R. Fitch Consulting Services, LLC
[email protected]
Expertise:   Orphan/Idle Wells

Lloyd Hetrick

Operations Engineering Advisor
East Shore Investments, LLC
[email protected] and [email protected]
(281) 630-6571
Expertise:  Well Integrity,  Well Operations, Plugging, Orphan Well Management, and Produced Water Management