Ohio legislators tackle problem of abandoned oil and gas wells

The Ohio legislature recently took a step to more aggressively address the problem of orphaned and abandoned oil and natural gas wells in the state with passage of a House bill aimed to identify and plug the wells, reports the Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green. The newspaper says House Bill 225, now awaiting action in the Ohio Senate, calls for the chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management to rank orphaned or abandoned wells as either "distressed," "moderate" or "for maintenance." The bill requires that distressed wells receive the highest priority for plugging. For more, read the full story.