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Wyoming lawmakers hear abandoned gas well issue

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GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Some Wyoming lawmakers say the state needs to step up action to address hundreds of abandoned coal-bed methane wells.

State lawmakers heard testimony on the issue of orphaned wells at a meeting this week in Gillette. Officials say there are about 1,200 such wells that haven't been plugged or reclaimed properly.

Officials from the Anadarko Petroleum Company and other operators told lawmakers that sales of coal-bed methane have dropped sharply since 2009 because the gas field in the Powder River Basin is mostly played out.

Grant Black is Wyoming's oil and gas supervisor. He says resolving the orphan well issue is a top priority.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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