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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Shawnee resident honored

  • Shawnee-resident Simon Winlock was honored for his commitment to restoring Oklahoma’s orphaned and abandoned well sites at a special luncheon in Krebs recently.
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  • Shawnee-resident Simon Winlock was honored for his commitment to restoring Oklahoma’s orphaned and abandoned well sites at a special luncheon in Krebs recently.
     
    Winlock, an Oklahoma Corporation Commission Field Inspector, was honored by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) for submitting 17 orphaned or abandoned well sites to the OERB for clean up in 2012.
     
    The OERB relies heavily on the help of field inspectors to notify them of abandoned well sites around the state. Since the OERB’s inception in 1994, nearly $80 million has been spent restoring more than 13,000 sites. The restorations are voluntarily funded by Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners, at absolutely no cost to landowners. In 2012, $6 million was spent restoring 739 sites.
     
    “The OERB restores approximately two to three sites per day in Oklahoma,” said Steve Sowers, environmental director for the OERB. “Without the help of our Field Inspectors, the scope of our work would be much smaller. We rely on them to notify us of locations we should be targeting.”
     
     
     

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