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Plugging of Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells in Coastal State Waters
Plugging of abandoned offshore oil and gas wells was funded in part with qualified outer continental shelf oil and gas revenues by the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The purpose of the project was to plug bay and offshore wells to eliminate a potential threat of pollution to Texas coastal natural resources. The plugging of abandoned wells eliminates the threat of a hydrocarbon release from the wells into the coastal areas and offshore waters. A typical well drilled to 6,000 feet is capable of holding up to 240 barrels of oil and/or condensate in the wellbore. If a leak develops in the wellhead assembly or tube casing, all 240 barrels of oil and condensate could be released into adjacent surface and underground waters.