Journal : AGH Drilling, Oil, Gas
Article : Threats to the environment in the areas of abandoned extraction of hydrocarbon deposits

Authors :
Pavlenko, A.
Heat and gas supply, ventilation and heat power engineering Department of Poltava National Technical Yuri Kondratyuk University, Poltava, am.pavlenko@i.ua,
Koshlak, H.
Poltava National Technical Yuri Kondratyuk University, Poltava,
Vytyaz, O.
Petroleum (Oil and Gas) Engineering Faculty, Marinę Oil and Gas Department, vytvaz@nung.edu.ua,
Rybicki, Cz.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland, rybicki@agh.edu.pl,
Kuczyński, S.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas,
Skokowski, D.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas,
Włodek, T.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas,
Polański, K.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, polanski@agh.edu.pl,
Uliasz-Misiak, B.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Kosowski, P.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Lewandowska-Śmierzchalska, J.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Sapińska-Śliwa, A.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Kowalski, T.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Knez, D.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Śliwa, T.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Gonet, A.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Bieda, A
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Chruszcz-Lipska, K.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Knapik, E.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Rychlicki, S.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Stopa, J
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Dubiel, S.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Rybicki, Cz.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Zubrzycki, A.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Maruta, M.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Fąfara, Z.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Ilkiv, I.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland, doctoral student,
Sołecki, T.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland, doctoral student,
Rybicki, Cz.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Winid, B.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Solecki, T.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, Kraków, Poland,
Abstract : The environmental problems in past mining areas, where the production process was ended, are connected with contaminations coming from past extraction processes and the risks relating to the abandonment of wells and deposits. The risk could be variable depending on such factors as the geological formation and hydrogeological conditions in the analyzed area, and the condition of abandoned wells. The main source of contamination could be improperly sealed abandoned wells and unplugged abandoned oil and gas wells. The environmental problems could be particularly concern on the area of old historical extraction sites. There are some hydrocarbon deposits, where production i s endedand still it is possible to see places of wells and remains of an old oilfield infrastructure. Unplugged or improperly sealed wells can result in stray gas migration or contamination of soil, ground and surface and ground waters. The end of well exploitation may cause the risk associated to the restoration of formation pressure. This could be the reason of uncontrolled discharge of gaseous and liquid hydrocarbons into shallow depths. Returning to the extraction from some deposits could reduce the formation pressure and constrain uncontrollable leakages of hydrocarbons. This option seems to be environmentally friendly. Authors of the paper made efforts to evaluate the scale and the range of mentioned disadvantageous phenomena.

Keywords : abandoned wells, environmental problems,
Publishing house : Wydawnictwa AGH
Publication date : 2015
Number : Vol. 32, no. 1
Page : 103 – 120

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DOI :
Qute : Pavlenko, A. ,Koshlak, H. ,Vytyaz, O. ,Rybicki, Cz. ,Kuczyński, S. ,Skokowski, D. ,Włodek, T. ,Polański, K. ,Uliasz-Misiak, B. ,Kosowski, P. ,Lewandowska-Śmierzchalska, J. ,Sapińska-Śliwa, A. ,Kowalski, T. ,Knez, D. ,Śliwa, T. ,Gonet, A. ,Bieda, A ,Chruszcz-Lipska, K. ,Knapik, E. ,Rychlicki, S. ,Stopa, J ,Dubiel, S. ,Rybicki, Cz. ,Zubrzycki, A. ,Maruta, M. ,Fąfara, Z. ,Ilkiv, I. ,Sołecki, T. ,Rybicki, Cz. ,Winid, B. ,Solecki, T. ,Solecki, T. , Threats to the environment in the areas of abandoned extraction of hydrocarbon deposits. AGH Drilling, Oil, Gas Vol. 32, no. 1/2015
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