The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) is recognizing the work of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) field inspectors as essential to the environmental restoration of 1,000 abandoned well sites in Osage County. The agencies celebrated the milestone restoration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to break ground on construction of the site.
Through voluntary contributions from Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry, the OERB cleans up orphaned or abandoned well sites at no cost to landowners. In Osage County, the OERB relies on the work of BIA field inspectors to determine whether a site is eligible for an OERB cleanup.
“The work the BIA has done on behalf of our restoration program has been absolutely vital to its success in Osage County,” OERB Executive Director Mindy Stitt said. “Without their dedicated service we would not have been able to reach 1,000 restorations.”
Since 1993, the OERB has spent more than $100 million to restore more than 15,000 abandoned well sites–$5.5 million spent in Osage County alone.
The industry through, the OERB, will continue it’s restoration efforts in Osage County and across Oklahoma, providing free environmental restoration of abandoned well sites.
For more information on the industry’s commitment to keeping Oklahoma’s land beautiful or to register a well site visit OERB.com.