Deteriorating Oil and Gas Wells Threaten Drinking Water,
Homes Across the Country
Gas company employees must test this temporary vent to see if it’s safe for Nick Kellington and his family to visit their home. The Kellingtons were evacuated after gas from a nearby abandoned well caused a small explosion in West Mifflin, Pa. (Nicholas Kusnetz/ProPublica)
by Nicholas Kusnetz
A version of this story was co-publishedwith the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
In the last 150 years, prospectors and energy companies have drilled as many as 12 million holes across the United States in search of oil and gas. Many of those holes were plugged after they dried up. But hundreds of thousands were simply abandoned and forgotten, often leaving no records of their existence. (mais…)