WSPA Statement on Sierra Club’s December 2023 Report on California Idle and Orphan Wells

“The errors and omissions of the Sierra Club study are purposeful and paint a wholly inaccurate picture of the extensive and stringent policies and regulations in place to manage idle wells.

“From overstating the number of idle wells in the state, to greatly exaggerating the financial liabilities to the state, to failing to even mention California’s toughest-in-the-nation idle well regulations, this report is meant to provide policy makers an erroneous and exaggerated picture of idle well policy in the state. The report is attempting to create a perceived crisis that does not exist.

“The fabricated findings of this study are a disservice to the public and have no place in energy and climate policy discussions.”

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