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Orphan Well Program and Requirements for Becoming an Approved Bidder

What is an Orphan Well?

Orphan wells are old and abandoned oil and natural gas wells where no owner or responsible party can be found. These wells may be a hazard to the environment and your health and safety and they must be plugged.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is planning to plug approximately 175 wells this coming year.