Contractors Working On Orphan Oil Well

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Contractors last month started work on capping and remediating an orphan oil well in the Village-owned flood plain off of Talmadge Road, near the Ottawa River.

Steve Irwin, of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, said the state has designated the project an emergency, based upon the well's proximity to the river and the apparent subsurface seepage of oil that is turning up in the river.

The ODNR is coordinating the clean up and remediation of the well, which officials think could be more than 100 years old. The cost of the $150,000 project will be covered by the ODNR's Orphan Well Program, which was established in 1977.

Irwin said the contractor will drill to the bottom of the well, and will start setting cement plugs as they go, until they get to the surface. Depending on the condition of the well, crews may have to add an additional casing, possibly the full depth of the well.

"We won't know what we have until we open the well up," Irwin said. "You are always hopeful, but in a situation like this you may have to put in a casing to give it structural integrity."

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