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West Texas Orphan Wells Are Leaking With Unknown Harms

05 Mar 2024 | Abstracted from SourceNM

The Texas Railroad Commission is tasked with plugging wells. But the state regulators say their scope is limited.

"The massive pool of salt water on Wight's ranch is the latest man-made disaster resulting from abandoned oil and water wells across the state...the three-member elected body has fought with groundwater districts and landowners about who is responsible for plugging certain wells...the urgency has increased in recent years as orphaned wells in the Permian Basin began to leak salt water and, in some cases, hazardous liquids."



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