Perilous Pathways: Mapping Pennsylvania’s Abandoned Wells

About 200,000 orphaned and abandoned wells likely dot Pennsylvania, but the Department of Environmental Protection only has information about a fraction of them.

These holes in the ground with deteriorating or nonexistent plugging are potential pathways for gas to migrate to the surface. StateImpact Pennsylvania has used the state’s data to create a map of every known abandoned well. Click on any dot below to see what data the state has collected.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


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