Well Closure

When a well reaches the end of its productive life, it will be plugged and abandoned in accordance with the prevailing regulatory requirements at that time.

Operators estimate that the life of Fayetteville Shale natural gas wells is 20 to 30 years. When a well reaches the end of its productive life, it will be plugged and abandoned in accordance with the prevailing regulatory requirements at that time. There is no way of knowing what the prevailing standards will be in 20 to 30 years. Therefore, the current closure procedure for closing oil and gas wells in Arkansas is described.

When the end of production is reached, the operator removes tubing and any pumps from the well, and the well is plugged with cement. The wellhead, tanks, other structures, and the gravel pad are removed. The site is regraded and revegetated to be compatible with the surrounding area.

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