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Allegheny National Forest Fieldtrip to present with PA DEP on well plugging verification
Warren, Pa. - An informational session presenting the process of locating and verifying the plugging integrity of abandoned oil and gas wells will be held beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 12 at the Warren Public Library, followed by fieldwork in Allegheny National Forest ending at 5:00 PM.

Activities will include a brief informational session outlining the resources available to identify areas of historic oil and gas development and the process of locating orphan and abandoned wells. Attendees will then participate in guided activities focusing on surface expressions of historic oil and gas development and on using historic documents to locate orphan and abandoned wells. This fieldtrip will also include a presentation by the PA DEP on well plugging and their interest in using citizen science to verify the quality of previously plugged wells in McKean and Warren Counties. The afternoon will consist of fieldwork in areas of historic oil and gas development in Allegheny National Forest, focusing on locating several previously plugged well and taking observations in the field.

Both lunch and transportation to the fieldsite will be provided. However, interested participants will need to make individual arrangements for transportation to the Warren Public Library. If you are interested in attending, please contact Community Science Volunteer Coordinator Genevieve Elsworth ( by 5:00 PM on Thursday, September 10.
Tue, September 01, 2015 by Genevieve

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