Environmental Innovators of America
Plugging away to a safer and
EIA is a non-profit group focused on improving the nation's environment by maintaining and improving the land, specifically land that was used for oil drilling.
We're on a mission to accelerate the retirement of abandoned, or orphaned,
oil wells by plugging them, cleaning up any holdover chemicals, and
recycling abandoned and rusting equipment.
What's the Problem?
The problem of abandoned oil wells is significant. There are millions of abandoned wells nationwide—3.2 million according to the Environmental Protection Agency—with about 12,000 “orphaned” wells in Oklahoma on the public record as of December 2020. Many more are believed to be in private hands. The state defines an orphaned well as one that is abandoned and taken out of production because it no longer produces enough oil to be viable, or that the company that owned the well went bankrupt.