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Main Title Methods for determining the location of abandoned wells /
Author Aller, Linda.
CORP Author Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory.; National Water Well Association.; East Central Oklahoma State University.
Publisher Robert S. Kerr Environmentl Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ; National Water Well Association,
Year Published 1984
Report Number EPA-600/2-83-123; EPA-R-809353
Stock Number PB84-141530
OCLC Number 10790055
Subjects Groundwater--Pollution
Additional Subjects Water, Underground--Pollution ; Oil wells ; Gas wells ; Abandonment ; Site surveys ; Technology assessment ; Geophysical surveys ; Exploratory wells ; Plugging ; Abandoned wells
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EHAM  TD426.A4 Region 1 Library/Boston,MA 04/29/2016
EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 600-2-83-123 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 04/14/2014
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EMBD  EPA/600/2-83/123 NRMRL/GWERD Library/Ada,OK 09/29/1995
ERAD  EPA 600/2-83-123 2 copies Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 10/03/2012
ESAD  EPA 600-2-83-123 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 03/23/2010
NTIS  PB84-141530 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation xii, 130 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Improperly plugged or unplugged abandoned wells which penetrate an injection zone may provide a conduit for migration of injected fluids into freshwater aquifers. To help minimize this serious environmental threat, all abandoned wells within an area of review around a proposed injection well should be located and their condition assessed. A search for abandoned wells may have three different objectives: (1) to provide an overview of the presence of absence of abandoned wells within an area, (2) to determine the status of a particular well and establish the potential impact of that well, and (3) to actually field locate the abandoned well. The scope of the search may encompass all or any combination of these objectives before the search is completed. This document contains a discussion of the application of methods which historically have been used to locate abandoned wells, and technologies which may not have been for that purpose but may have future application.
"This report was submitted in partial fulfillment of Contract No. CR-809353 by the National Water Well Association under the sponsorship of the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory, Ada, Oklahoma and in cooperation with East Central University Environmental Research Institute, Ada, Oklahoma"--Page v. Includes bibliographical references (pages 118-123). "EPA-600/2-83-123."
Contents Notes
METHODS HISTORICALLY USED TO LOCATE ABANDONED WELLS: Search of records -- Conversation with local residents -- Visual/Logical -- Aerial photographic interpretation -- Metal detectors -- Magnetometers -- Combustible gas indicators -- Excavation -- METHODS WHICH HAVE NOT HISTORICALLY BEEN USED TO LOCATE ABANDONED WELLS: Electrical resistivity -- Electromagnetic conductivity -- Ground penetrating radar -- Remote sensing -- Water level measurement in surrounding wells -- Injection.