OERB’s Annual Report Shows 662 Abandoned Wells Cleaned up Last Year in Oklahoma


The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board is out with its 2016 annual report, a report emphasizing Restore, Education and Innovate.

Mindy Stitt, Executive Director of OERB reports the group has education programs underway in 98 percent of the school districts in the state.

In addition, the OERB’s main function, that of restoring old and abandoned wells cleaned up another 662 such wells in 2016.

“In 2016, the OERB reached two huge milestones in our environmental restoration program, cleaning up the 15,000th abandoned well site and surpassing $100 million spent on cleanup efforts to date,” said Stitt.

The reported showed the OERB spent $3.585 million on education programs in 2016 and 40,200 students took part in OERB-sponsored field trips.

Last year, the OERB added three new field trip options for teachers who have attended a workshop and teach the curricula. New field trip destinations included the Tulsa Children’s Museum, Leonardo’s Children’s Museum in Enid, and the Oklahoma WONDERtorium in Stillwater.

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