The Obama Administration will require oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico to plug nearly 3,500 nonproducing wells and dismantle about 650 production platforms that are no longer used. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said a formal notice to the companies would make energy production in the Gulf safer and prevent potentially catastrophic leaks at wells that in some cases have been abandoned for decades. There are more than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, there are more than 1,000 oil rigs and platforms that are not being used. An Associated Press investigation showed that many of the wells have been ignored for decades, with no one checking for leaks, and that’s real scary. The order requires wells that have been inactive for the past five years to be plugged. In my opinion, this should have been done long ago.
Source: Associated Press
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