|What is the PRF Program?
The Plugging and Restoration Fund Program ("PRF Program") is a program
created by law that authorizes the Division of Oil & Gas to plug abandoned
and leaking wells. The PRF Program was created in 1991 and is funded through
fees and forfeited bonds.
|How does a well qualify for the PRF Program?
In order for a well to qualify for plugging through
the PRF Program, the Division of Oil & Gas must make a finding that
the well constitutes an emergency, or make a finding that the well meets
the definition for an "orphan" or "abandoned" well. There are over 4,500
wells in Illinois covered by the PRF Program. The Division has funds to
plug approximately 500 wells annually. If you would like more information
on the PRF Program, please contact the PRF