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Thousands of abandoned Ohio oil and gas wells may be hidden. Drones could help find them

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This abandoned oil well, dating back to the early 1900s, was finally plugged in September 2020. Credit: Ohio Department of Natural Resources

After successful trials using drones to discover abandoned oil and gas wells, Ohio authorities are looking to expand their use and to speed up remediation at hundreds of sites across the state. Ohio has roughly 1,000 sites on its orphan well inventory. There likely are “many more,” said Eric Vendel, chief of the Ohio Department […]

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