Unearthing the unknown on your property

On Behalf of | May 23, 2024 | Oil and Gas Law

Land ownership can be rewarding, but it can also come with its share of surprises. One such surprise could be discovering an abandoned oil or gas well on your property. Many landowners in Kansas may find themselves in this situation, which can lead to confusion and concern.

Discovering an abandoned well

People discover an abandoned oil or gas well on their property in several circumstances. You might stumble upon it while exploring your land, or someone could find it during a land survey or construction project. Regardless of how you find it, the discovery can leave you with more questions than answers.

What to do when you find an abandoned well

If you find an abandoned oil or gas well on your property, it’s essential to take the proper steps:

  1. Don’t try to handle it on your own: These wells can be dangerous, and dealing with them requires specialized knowledge and equipment. 
  2. Contact the appropriate authorities: In Kansas, the Kansas Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Conservation Division regulates oil and gas activities. You can submit a form online to report an abandoned well on your property. 
  3. Seek legal guidance: Laws regarding abandoned wells can be complex. An attorney experienced in these matters can help you understand your rights and responsibilities.

Dealing with an abandoned oil and gas well can be complicated. You may not know when it was last used, if it’s still in use or who is responsible for plugging the well. You may or may not be responsible for this, depending on details like who the current or last operator of the well is and whether you have tampered with the well.

Finding solutions when surprises arise

Discovering an abandoned oil or gas well on your property can be unexpected. However, with the right approach and guidance, you can navigate this situation effectively. 

Keep in mind that missteps can have costly consequences, so it’s crucial to seek legal guidance familiar with these laws and property laws. Owning land comes with many unknowns, but with the right resources and support, you can confidently manage any surprises that come your way.