Making the land useful again.
The people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas have voluntarily invested almost $135 million to clean up historic orphaned and abandoned well sites – just over 18,000 sites in all – at absolutely no cost to landowners. Today’s oil and natural gas industry is paying to clean sites that were left as long as 100 years ago by companies that no longer exist.
This practical and economical four-step restoration process follows recognized environmental standards. Common restoration requirements include:
- Removing or burying lease roads and location pads.
- Removing equipment, concrete, trash and debris.
- Repairing erosion and saltwater “scars” left on the land.
- Treating hydrocarbons and closing pits.
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“Today’s industry is taking some responsibility even though the damage was done by others. It’s the right thing to do – it rebuilds public confidence in the oil and gas industry. I believe most landowners are skeptical this cleanup will occur with no cost to them. However, I contacted OERB after seeing a commercial and am very satisfied with the work they did for me.”
“The OERB has done an excellent job on the cleanup of my property. The entire project from our original request to the finalized project was handled in a highly professional manner. Restoration of the site appears to be near perfect. Thank you for a job well done.”
“The Deer Creek Public Schools, the Board of Education, Superintendent Becky Wilkinson and I extend our sincere appreciation to OERB for your excellent work in cleaning up our new middle school lot. The lot had a large amount of old oil field equipment and oil field pipes. The property now is clean, beautiful and ready for use. Again, a special thanks for your excellent work in restoring the site to a functional and useful property.”
Do you know of an abandoned site? Register it for cleanup, free.
Over 800 projects have been referred for potential restoration but remain unclaimed by landowners. Abandoned well sites are approved for the OERB restoration program by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) and by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in Osage County.
Are you a contractor in Oklahoma?
The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, an agency of the state of Oklahoma, contracts for reclamation/remediation work at abandoned oil field sites throughout the state. Projects generally include activities associated with cleanup of oil and gas exploration and production locations. Submittal of this application will assure access to upcoming projects with estimated costs greater than $50,000. These projects will also be publicly advertised in the county where the work will take place.