At the request of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), EPA conducted a site assessment of a leaking oil well in the Town of West Union, Steuben County, New York. An oil well was initially observed actively leaking into the Marsh Creek (also known as Cryder Creek), a tributary of the Genesee River, where there was a potential for the crude oil to be released into the Genesee River, a navigable waterway of the United States.
This crude oil production well was operated in the early 1900s, and has subsequently been abandoned. This type of well is known as an orphan well.
EPA initiated a project known as the Edwards 2 Oil Well Site which will involve the permanent plugging of the abandoned and orphaned crude oil production well.
This project is being conducted under the authority of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90). This project is being funded with federal money from the OPA90 Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.