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OERB REACHES 15,000TH SITE AND $100 MILLION MILESTONE

OERB REACHES 15,000TH SITE AND $100 MILLION MILESTONE

The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) has achieved the restoration of 15,000 orphaned and abandoned well sites across the state, with a $100 million voluntary investment from Oklahoma’s oil and gas producers and royalty owners. OERB Chairman Danny Morgan made the announcement during a ceremony at the agency’s headquarters in Oklahoma City o...

The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) has achieved the restoration of 15,000 orphaned and abandoned well sites across the state, with a $100 million voluntary investment from Oklahoma’s oil and gas producers and royalty owners.

OERB Chairman Danny Morgan made the announcement during a ceremony at the agency’s headquarters in Oklahoma City on Wednesday morning.

“The monumental investment by the industry in restoration of abandoned well sites has had a significant impact in our communities,” Morgan said. “For more than 20 years, we have been working on sites across the state, resulting in acres and acres of new parks, land developments, fertile farmland, clear ponds and streams, and so much more.”

Launched in 1993 as the first organization of its kind, today the OERB stands as a national best practice, a uniquely Oklahoma institution that restores abandoned well sites at no cost to landowners. The program currently restores 2-3 sites each day.

“This milestone is made possible by the ongoing investment of Oklahoma’s oil and gas producers and royalty owners,” said OERB Environmental Director Steve Sowers. “With the industry’s support, we look forward to carrying on the OERB’s mission of restoring the state’s orphaned and abandoned well sites at no cost to landowners.”

The 15,000th site is adjacent to the eastern edge of Oklahoma City’s Bricktown District, where development of a new hotel is planned. Other sites across the state have been repurposed for farming, ranching, playgrounds and community enhancement.

“The $100 million investment by the industry has had a significant impact in building and revitalizing our communities,” OERB Executive Director Mindy Stitt, said. “We are proud of our role in restoring thousands of acres of clean Oklahoma land and for all of the new opportunities it creates.

For more information on the OERB’s environmental restoration program, call 1-800-664-1301 or visit oerb.com/well-site-clean-up.

The OERB works with Oklahoma's oil and natural gas industry to improve the lives of all Oklahomans through education and restoration. Funded through a voluntary one tenth of one percent assessment on oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners, the OERB provides free environmental restoration of abandoned well sites and extensive educational resources for Oklahoma educators, students and classrooms. For more information, visit oerb.com or follow the OERB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.