Group criticizes 'orphaned' wells, calls for more scrutiny

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Advocates in West Virginia say major drilling companies are failing to responsibly plug oil and gas well in West Virginia.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Dave McMahon, a lawyer and co-founder of the West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization, said Tuesday drilling companies have “orphaned” wells across the state by transferring them to other companies instead of plugging them.
McMahon says his group has asked the state Department of Environmental Protection for a hearing on the transfer of more than 3,800 wells.
McMahon specifically criticized Diversified Gas and Oil PLC, an Alabama-based company that operates well in the Appalachian Basin.
However, Adrian William, an investor relations manager with Diversified Gas and Oil, says they’ve returned more than 500 wells into production over the past 18 months.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail,