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OERB Restores Land for Local Equine Veterinarian

OERB Restores Land for Local Equine Veterinarian

A local equine veterinarian’s farmland is restored to its original beauty thanks to the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board’s (OERB) well site cleanup program. Dr. Larry Powers purchased 160 acres in Lincoln County near Wellston about 10 years ago to raise cattle and horses. He and his family enjoy a beautiful country setting but the property came...

A local equine veterinarian’s farmland is restored to its original beauty thanks to the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board’s (OERB) well site cleanup program.

Dr. Larry Powers purchased 160 acres in Lincoln County near Wellston about 10 years ago to raise cattle and horses. He and his family enjoy a beautiful country setting but the property came with one snag, an old abandoned pipeline. For years, Powers simply worked around the eyesore until one day a client, who happened to be an OERB board member, told Powers to call the OERB. He submitted the site to be cleaned up and once the line was tested and found to be dead, the process to clean up the site began.

“The OERB did a great job,” Powers said. “We didn’t lose a single tree, which was very important to us. They didn’t disturb a thing.”

Removing the pipeline and other debris, which took about a week to complete, has not only made his land more beautiful but also safer for his livestock. That’s something he takes seriously as a veterinarian.

“Old pipes and structures could be hazardous,” he said.

Powers says he would encourage anyone to call the OERB for a cleanup.

“It was a really good deal,” Powers said.

For more information, contact Liz Caldwell, Environmental Coordinator at lcaldwell@oerb.com or 1-800-664-1301 and visit oerb.com/well-site-clean-up.

The OERB was created in 1993 by the Oklahoma Legislature and is funded through a voluntary one tenth of 1 percent assessment on oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners. The agency’s purpose is to conduct environmental restoration of abandoned well sites and to educate Oklahomans about the importance of the petroleum industry.