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October 16, 2013

Industry funded nonprofit cleans abandoned sites

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The OERB doesn't stop with well site restoration though. Harrison said only 50 percent of their budget goes into clean up . The remaining revenue is used to educate future generations and provide scholarships. 

"We do a lot of public education industry campaigns," said Harrison. "We focus on the importance of energy independence and how much the industry means to Oklahoma. The OERB is the first of its kind." 

The OERB also helps with local school districts. 

Harrison said they are the first to put out curriculum that matches the new state standards in math science and social studies. 

"Our work lets students look at well site diagrams and helps them make connections to what some of their family members who work in the industry may be doing," she said.

Many times, Harrison said the OERB is notified about abandoned sites after land is purchased and the new owners discover equipment somewhere on their property. 

"People may purchase their dream home with land and find a giant tank battery or concrete in the middle of their property," she said. "This destroys a lot of the natural vegetation and overtime can cause long-term environmental issues. We restore the vegetation and on larger sites' we've even added a pond."  

Those who know of an abandoned oil field site can contact the OERB at oerb.com/resotration.

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