California’s idle and orphan well crisis is getting worse, creating serious health and safety crises for local communities.* These 41,000 toxic wells are also fueling the climate crisis. A new website, Make Polluters Pay CA, lays out the problem in detail and offers a clear plan of action.
Just three oil companies—Chevron, Aera Energy, and the California Resources Corporation—are responsible for 68% of the idle wells problem. They can well afford to clean up after themselves.
California needs to overcome oil industry lobbying and catch up to other states by requiring oil companies to plug and remediate wells on an expedited timeline.
Read about policy recommendations to fix this outrageous $33 billion dollar mess.
And sign the petition to Governor Newsom here.
What are idle and orphan wells?
* An idle well has not produced oil or natural gas, produced water to be used in production stimulation, or been used for enhanced oil recovery, reservoir pressure management, or injection within a period of 24 consecutive months.
* An orphan well has no financially viable operator, leaving the state responsible to plug and remediate it.