HB 2589

Orphan Oil and Gas Well Prevention Act

This bill would require operators to set aside plugging funds whenever a new well permit is issued and assigns responsibility as between current and former owners for plugging transferred wells that have developed leaks or have contaminated groundwater. Further, to obtain a permit for a new well an operator must plug all orphaned and abandoned wells in the area to be drained by the new well.

ISSUES: Pure Water

CWV Position: Supports

Status: Introduced 2/17/21; referred to Energy and Manufacturing Committee