Lasso Wyoming is a project development group that is currently exploring solutions for closure of as many as ten thousand abandoned, non-producing oil and gas wells in the state of West Virginia. There are comparable numbers of such wells in neighboring states, too.
"Closure" of a well refers to the process by which the in-ground apparatus is removed, the well is filled as best it can be, ecologically appropriately, and the above-ground area restored to match surrounding landscapes.
While states require the proper closure of any well that is being abandoned (usually because the well is no longer producing as desired), past operators have not always been in compliance. So, these wells become hazards in terms of contaminated subterranean water flows, ground water contamination hazards, and safety hazards. From as many as 30-50-60 years ago, there are open, abandoned, non-producing wells on the books in West Virginia and her neighboring states.
Lasso Wyoming exists to find the "sweet spot" for properly closing such wells.