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Orphans of the Oil Fields: The Cost of Abandoned Wells

Credit: Dave Fehling/StateImpact

Handwritten Liberty County "Oil Lease Record" dated 1901 at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center
They are the orphans of the oil fields: wells that have been abandoned by their owners. There are thousands in Texas and some could be a danger to the environment. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling looks at how this legacy is also costing the state — and the industry — millions of dollars to clean-up.

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Dave Fehling

Energy & Environment Reporter for StateImpact

Dave Fehling is KUHF's Energy and Environment Reporter. His reporting is a part of StateImpact, a collaboration with KUT in Austin and NPR...