Melanie Houston, director of Oil and Gas for the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund, also relayed her group's support for the bill.
"Orphan wells pose a hazard to the environment and to human health and safety," she said. "Until they are located and properly plugged, they are pathways to pollution."
Ms. Houston said the risks include fire, overflow of oil or brine into ecologically sensitive areas like streams, and underwater contamination. She noted orphan wells have been found under buildings, houses, lawns and recreation areas in both rural and urban settings.