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Report: Plugging orphan wells in Appalachia could create 16,000 jobs

By Anthony Hennen

With federal taxpayer dollars flowing in to plug orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells, the Appalachian region could see thousands of jobs created in the next few decades.

A report from the Ohio River Valley Institute argues that Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky could create 13,000-16,000 direct jobs with $1.3 billion in federal funds to reduce methane.


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