The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its well site cleanup program, which is voluntarily funded by oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners. To date, 17,000 orphaned or abandoned well sites have been cleaned at a cost of $120 million.
Oklahoma is the only state in the nation with a voluntarily funded cleanup
program. Created at the request of the industry in 1993, the OERB is funded by one-tenth of 1 percent assessment on the sale of oil and natural gas. Most of the restoration projects are from 1900s to 1940s, well before
"None of the OERB¹s cleanup efforts would be possible without the leadership of Oklahoma's oil and natural gas industry," said OERB Executive Director Mindy Stitt. "Through their voluntary contributions, we've been able to restore thousands of acres of land across the state."
The OERB works closely with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to determine if a well site is orphaned or abandoned, meaning there is no existing responsible party. Currently, an average of two to three sites are completed each day. All sites are cleaned at no cost to the landowner.
For more information on the OERB¹s restoration program, visit