Well Done Foundation looks to plug orphan wells in northern Montana.

(Toole County) The Well Done Foundation, a national nonprofit whose mission is to plug orphaned oil and gas wells across the United States, announced this week its plans to plug 24 legacy orphan wells in Toole County and Glacier County in 2024.

An orphaned oil well is a well that was once used by oil and gas drilling companies to retrieve those fossil fuels from the earth but has since been abandoned. Companies can decide to orphan wells for a number of reasons, including struggling oil prices and bankruptcy.

Orphaned oil and gas wells are estimated to contribute 20-30% of methane leaks in the US and plugging them has an immediate impact on the environment.

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