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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2000

Illinois FIRST to Help Plug Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that Illinois FIRST is helping hundreds of landowners cap abandoned oil and gas wells in southern and central Illinois that often pose environmental and public safety hazards if left unplugged. More than $998,000 in grants will be used to plug 269 abandoned oil and gas wells in 19 counties in downstate Illinois.

"This program takes the first step toward easing the environmental and safety threat posed by abandoned oil and gas wells by ensuring the wells are plugged properly," Ryan said. "Through Illinois FIRST, we're able to protect groundwater supplies and farm land at risk due to orphaned wells."

Illinois FIRST is providing nearly $892,000 to plug 238 wells, while the state's oil well plugging and restoration fund is providing more than $106,500 to plug another 31 wells.

There are more than 4,700 abandoned wells in the state. The grants, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, reimburse landowners after the wells are plugged and the work is approved by IDNR inspectors.

This is the fourth year of the landowner grant program, which has provided more than $2.4 million in grants to plug 684 wells. Well eligibility information and additional details about the program are available by contacting the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals Landowner Grant Program, 524 South Second St., Springfield, IL 62701­1787, or phone 217/782­7756, Ameritech Relay 800/526­0844.

FY 2001 LANDOWNER GRANT AWARDS

COUNTY

WELLS

GRANT AMT.

Brown

Kevin Kackley,Mt. Sterling

5

$6,223


Christian

Russell L. & Marilyn Y. Spillman,

1

$3,500

Taylorville

John S. Hicks, Blue Mound

1

$3,500

Alexander Winans, Auburn

1

$3,500


Clark

Vorris R. Blankenship Trust, Decatur

5

$14,123


Clay

Oren E. Eade, Louisville

1

$6,000

Vera Leone King, Carlyle

1

$4,000

John D. Milne, Washington D.C.

1

$4,000

W.L. Dillman, Bloomington

2

$11,000

Don Klein, Odin

2

$7,000


Clinton

A.C. Mann, Inc./Connie Parker,

5

$20,800

Centralia

John P. Stack, Centralia

5

$21,370


Crawford

Michael R. Hoke, Robinson

1

$3,825

Bill Hill, Oblong

5

$18,220

Mark F. Ford, Jr., Robinson

3

$10,120

Richard E. Lowrance, Robinson

2

$7,900

Rosborough Farms, Inc., Oblong

1

$3,690

James J. Boone, Robinson

2

$7,455

Charlie & Percy Mae Washington, Robinson

2

$7,585

Jane Shillington, Downwers Grove

1

$3,745

David Goodwin, Oblong

3

$10,180

W.E. Holt, Oblong

1

$5,100

Bradley A. Waddell, Flat Rock

5

$16,950

Laird B. Dart, Oblong

3

$12,765

Duane A. Baker, Oblong

5

$20,790

Jack J. Watts, Robinson

2

$6,670

Martin & Ruth Shonk Trust, Annapolis

1

$3,590

Mary Stallings, Bokelia, FL

3

$12,850

David Wilt, Robinson

2

$6,305

Barbara Swaner, Robinson

3

$12,040

Clarence Shew, Willow Hill

5

$18,607


Edwards

Joe M. Siegert, Grayville

1

$3,335

Randy Longbons, Albion

2

$7,250

Don Longbons, Albion

3

$12,000

Ivan H. Wiseman, Albion

1

$3,500

Earnest Kollak, Albion

3

$12,000

Charles Siegert, Grayville

2

$6,670


Effingham

Greg Esker, Dietrich

3

$12,000

Geoffrey M. Levin, Effingham

3

$11,340


Hamilton

Jean A. Mayberry, McLeansboro

3

$13,500

Linda Devoy, McLeansboro

2

$7,200

Jeremy Devoy, McLeansboro

5

$18,400

James Michael Brunklow, Broughton

2

$9,100

Eugene Mayberry, Broughton

1

$4,400

John Hish, Broughton

4

$17,600

Ruth J. Cantrell, Decatur

1

$4,000

Robert L. Pitts, McLeansboro

2

$9,000


Jefferson

Sue Nordin, Mt. Vernon

1

$4,000


Lawrence

Randle L. Walls, Lawrenceville

2

$7,090

LeRoy Boughan, Sumner

2

$7,633

Barry Edwards, Bridgeport

1

$3,815

Benjamin Buchanan, Lawrenceville

5

$18,430

Dennis Ivers, Bridgeport

5

$19,030

Mary Lou Ridgley, Robinson

5

$18,820

Charles Primus, Lawrenceville

2

$7,575

P. Frank May, Bridgeport

3

$11,340

Jerry Phipps, Francisvile

3

$11,495

Jerry Howell, Bridgeport

4

$15,130

John Pinnick, Bridgeport

2

$7,305

G&S Farms, Lawrenceville

2

$7,385

S&S Grading of IL, Sumner

4

$14,929

Jason Thacker, Bridgeport

3

$8,760

Judy A. Merle H. Gould, Newburgh, IN

2

$7,605

Don E. Wheeler, Arlington Heights

4

$15,195

J.C. Cunningham, Sumner

5

$18,550

Cinda L. Bell, Bridgeport

4

$14,660

Warner Buchanan, Lawrenceville

4

$15,190

Rowland Buchanan, Francisville

3

$10,115

Timothy J. Buchanan, Francisville

2

$6,783

Shirley A. Wright, Bridgeport

5

$19,340

Ruth G. Lathrop, Lawrenceville

3

$11,400


Marion

Alvin Murray, Patoka

5

$20,290

Dave Koenegstein, Walnut Hill

2

$8,000

Gary Kleiboeker

1

$3,800


McDonough

Howard. L. Daniels, Macomb

5

$6,755


Perry

Paul E. Chapman, St. Louis

1

$4,500


Pike

Hartman Family Trust, New Salem

1

$1,085


Richland

James E. Hazel, Noble

1

$4,000


Schuyler

Maxine G. Beers, Plymouth

1

$1,175

Robert G. Lunt, Mt. Sterling

4

$5,500


Wabash

Keith Hocking, Mt. Carmel

4

$14,975

Chester Seigert, Grayville

5

$16,675

Charles Seigert, Grayville

3

$10,005


Wayne

James R. Mayberry, Cave-In-Rock

2

$8,000

Louise G. Laite, Fairfield

2

$9,000

Harold V. Holmes, Fairfield

1

$4,000

Garry Atteberry, Mt. Erie

1

$4,000

Jay Smith, Fairfield

2

$9,435

Noel J. Vaughan, Fairfield

5

$24,925

Gary Kinney, Fairfield

3

$14,865

Melvin M. Vaughan, Fairfield

1

$4,760

Logan Hodges, Fairfield

4

$16,000

Joseph Byron Elliott, Cisne

4

$16,000

Thomas S. Moore, Fairfield

2

$7,000

Marion R. Brown, Fairfield

3

$9,000

Fred Shelton, Clay City

2

$5,500

Randy Shelton, Noble

1

$4,500

Marian Koontz, Union City, TN

2

$9,800

Jerry Greenwalt, Wayne City

2

$8,500

Allen Wilson, Fairfield

5

$20,000



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