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Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

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A wildflower blows in the wind near an old pump jack on Molly Rooke's ranch, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, near Refugio, Texas. Oil and gas drilling …

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

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A well worker moves equipment at a site on Molly Rooke's ranch where an orphaned well was plugged, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, near Refugio, Texas.…

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

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Cattle graze near aging oil storage tanks on the Rooke family ranch, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, near Refugio, Texas. Oil and gas drilling began on…

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

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Ashley Williams Watt looks at an abandoned well wrapped with locks and chains on her ranch, Friday, July 9, 2021, near Crane, Texas. Some of h…

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

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Ashley Williams Watt walks across the site of an abandoned well at her ranch, Friday, July 9, 2021, near Crane, Texas. Some of her wells are l…

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

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Molly Rooke checks on an abandoned well at her family ranch that was being plugged, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, near Refugio, Texas. Rooke, who co-…

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

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An oil well worker moves equipment at a site on the Rooke family ranch where an orphaned well was plugged, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, near Refugio…

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

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Oil well workers prepare to plug an orphaned well on the Rooke family ranch, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, near Refugio, Texas. Oil and gas drilling …

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

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An equipment valve handle is seen at a site on the Rooke family ranch where an orphaned oil well is being plugged, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, near…

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

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A well worker moves equipment at a site on the Rooke family ranch where an orphaned oil well was plugged, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, near Refugio,…