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Taxpayers Could End Up Paying for Abandoned Drilling Sites

Among the many side effects of the drop in oil prices has been the issue of oil companies abandoning their drilling sites around Texas. Chris Tomlinson of the Houston Chronicle recently wrote about how taxpayers might end up paying to clean up these sites. And he tells Michael Hagerty why many of these companies are […]

A fracking rig in DeWitt County, Texas. Photo: Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media.Among the many side effects of the drop in oil prices has been the issue of oil companies abandoning their drilling sites around Texas.

Chris Tomlinson of the Houston Chronicle recently wrote about how taxpayers might end up paying to clean up these sites. And he tells Michael Hagerty why many of these companies are abandoning their wells to begin with.

(Photo: Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media)

MORE: Don’t Stick Texans with Cost of Abandoned Wells (Houston Chronicle, June 20, 2016)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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