Orphan Wells

Google street view of vacant fenced-in dirt lot in South Los Angeles with graffiti on wall in background.

A New Vision for a South LA Oil Drilling Site

A local land trust wants to transform the defunct drilling site with a park, community center, and housing.

December 12, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

View of green oil wells in a residential neighborhood in California.

Report: California’s Orphan Wells Still Pose Health Risks

Tens of thousands of idle oil wells litter the state. Taxpayers are often on the hook for cleanup.

December 6, 2023 - LAist

Oil drilling pumps on a wetland beach in California with houses in background

Proposed Regulatory Changes Would Raise the Cost of Oil Drilling on Public Land

The new rules would raise more money for cleanup operations and bring more revenue to oil-producing states, but are a far cry from fulfilling President Biden’s promise to end extraction on public lands.

July 24, 2023 - High Country News

Sign at Oil City, Louisiana

Friday Eye Candy: Photo Series Captures Abandoned Oil Wells

A photographer documents the 'orphan wells' strewn across northwest Louisiana in a stark reminder of our deep entanglement with fossil fuels.

July 9, 2021 - Places Journal

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