Abandoned oil wells hidden under thousands of local properties
PITTSBURGH — There’s a hidden danger under thousands of properties in Pennsylvania: abandoned oil wells.
Officials with the Department of Environmental Protection said they know of at least 10,000 wells in Pennsylvania, but there are possibly more than 500,000 out there. Most of them stretch along western Pennsylvania, and the DEP said if left unplugged, they could prove to be a big danger.
In 2011, a series of explosions in the Bradford area of the state were linked to abandoned wells. One explosion destroyed a man’s home.