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Texas struggles with backlog of unplugged wells despite aggressive plugging program
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Texas struggles with backlog of unplugged wells despite aggressive plugging program

Texas, known for its vast oil reserves and long history of drilling, is now facing a less glamorous legacy: the highest number of unplugged wells in the United States.

Elliott Woods reports for Capital & Main.

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'Gold hydrogen' from depleted oil wells

‘Gold hydrogen’ is an untapped resource in depleted oil wells

The fuel can be produced by adding bacteria to spent drill holes—meaning there are thousands of potential hydrogen sources worldwide.
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Senate passes bill to position Louisiana for $200 million in orphaned oil well grants

The state Senate approved a bill Monday that would position Louisiana to get nearly $200 million in federal grants to fix orphaned oil wells.
Deserted oil wells haunt Los Angeles with toxic fumes and enormous cleanup costs
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Deserted oil wells haunt Los Angeles with toxic fumes and enormous cleanup costs

Despite regulatory powers that in some ways are stronger than the state's, LA has been slow and inconsistent in forcing the industry to take responsibility for its leaky legacy, according to a Los Angeles Times/Public Integrity investigation.

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