Restoring Oklahoma¹s Land for 25 Years

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(Oklahoma City, May 22)_ 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 today’s regulations.

 

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