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New Interior Department policy to increase costs for oil drilling on public land

A long-awaited Interior Department policy will raise financial assurance and royalty rates, aiming to ensure cleaner operations and better returns for the public.

Nick Bowlin reports for High Country News.

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The looming cost of unaddressed oil well closures

As the oil industry faces a downturn, unplugged oil and gas wells present significant environmental and financial challenges, potentially burdening taxpayers with the cleanup bill.

Mark Olalde and Nick Bowlin report for ProPublica and Capital & Main.

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Texas faces growing challenge in plugging abandoned oil wells

Despite receiving federal funds, Texas struggles to keep up with an increasing number of abandoned oil wells; threatening land, water and human health.

James Osborne reports for The Houston Chronicle.

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Plugging West Virginia’s abandoned and orphaned wells

Tens of thousands of orphaned oil and gas wells dot West Virginia. Even with a potential boost of millions of federal dollars, the state doesn’t have the resources to clean them up.
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Inspections overdue on thousands of Alberta oil and gas wells

The Alberta Energy Regulator's handling of inactive oil and gas wells is in stark contrast to the province’s recent caution around renewable energy.

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The Narwhal: Alberta taxpayers pay another $14M tab for oil companies’ rent

Alberta paid $14 million in rent on behalf of delinquent oil companies in 2022. The government is supposed to recoup that money from companies but data shows debt collection remains below one per cent. Drew Anderson writes the story for The Narwhal.

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A Pennsylvania community wins a reprieve on toxic fracking wastewater

The decision by PGE to plug a well in a township of fewer than 700 residents rather than inject it with wastewater suggests that fighting the oil and gas industry may not be as futile as some would argue.