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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2000

Illinois FIRST To Provide $468,836 To Landowners To Plug Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded $468,836 in Illinois FIRST grants to 38 landowners, allowing them to proceed with the plugging of 124 abandoned oil and gas wells in downstate Illinois.

"Through Illinois FIRST, the state is able to address the significant environmental and safety concerns posed by abandoned oil and gas wells," Ryan said. "Unless they are plugged properly, these so-called 'orphaned' wells can pollute farm land and threaten surface and groundwater supplies."

The Illinois FIRST program is providing up to $10 million to make sure that dangerous wells are properly plugged. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources administers the grant program aimed at plugging more than 5,000 abandoned wells in the state. To date, the landowner grant program has provided nearly $800,000 in grants to plug 248 abandoned wells. Landowners are reimbursed after the wells are plugged and the work is approved by IDNR inspectors. Landowners interested in information on well eligibility and other program details may contact Duane Pulliam, Landowner Grant Program Coordinator, IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals, 524 South Second St., Springfield, IL 62701-1787, phone 217/782-7756.

A list of grant recipients is attached.

FY 2000 LANDOWNER GRANT AWARDS


Clay County
   
  wells grant amt.
Glenn Schoonover, Louisville 2 $ 6,500

Clinton County
   
  wells grant amt.
A.C. Mann, Inc., Centralia 5 $20,728
David Bassen, Hoffman 5 $13,500
Gary W. Siddell, Huey 5 $14,100
John G. Sidell, Huey 5 $13,900

Crawford County
   
  wells grant amt.
John S. Adams, Robinson 1 $ 4,010
Eulan and Velma Aten, Oblong 5 $12,759
Joe Bliss, Oblong 1 $ 2,230
Larry Chapman, Hutsonville 5 $17,104
Ralph Dart, Oblong 5 $23,780
Guyer Bros., Inc., Annapolis 5 $17,075
Mary K. Guyer. Annapolis 2 $ 6,680
David Fancil, Oblong 1 $ 3,365
Garold Sholders, Oblong 4 $ 9,730
Erma Louise Wood, Robinson 1 $ 3,240

Edwards County
   
  wells grant amt.
Brian Schroeder, Grayville 4 $15,632

Hamilton County
   
  wells grant amt.
Darin R. Brown, McLeansboro 2 $ 8,800

Lawrence County
   
  wells grant amt.
Doris Neal, Lawrenceville 2 $ 6,405
Sharon Stovall, Lawrenceville 3 $11,193

Marion County
   
  wells grant amt.
Marian Arnold, Iuka 5 $20,445
Elmer Calvert, Iuka 2 $ 6,910
Frank Heinzmann, Co., Patoka 5 $19,055
Carl Matthews, Iuka 2 $ 8,498
Alvin D. Murray, Patoka 5 $19,428

Wayne County
   
  wells grant amt.
William P. Carson, Cisne 4 $16,000
Jeanne B. Cox, St. Elmo 5 $25,500
Lindell Greenwalt, Cisne 5 $21,000
John Harrington, Cisne 1 $ 4,000
Donald Lewis, Cisne 5 $19,750
Elvyn Locke, Fairfield 5 $19,769
Steven E. Locke, Cisne 1 $ 4,000
Delbert E. Magers, Norris City 3 $14,000
Dale Pittman, Cisne 3 $13,000
Joseph A. Simpson, Mill Shoals 1 $ 3,750
Darrell C. Smith, Fairfield 1 $ 4,000
Eldo Vaughn, Fairfield 3 $15,000
Brad Vaughn, Fairfield 4 $20,000
Bernard Wolfe, Cisne 1 $ 4,000


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