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Mike Hickey works on capping an an orphaned well in Adams County, Colo. The EPA estimates there are more than 1 million abandoned gas and oil wells across the country. Matt Bloom/KNUC hide caption

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Cleaning Up Abandoned Wells Proves Costly To Gas And Oil Producing States

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On May 4, workers dismantle the charred remains of a house in Firestone, Colo., where an unrefined gas line leak explosion killed two people in April. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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'They're Everywhere': Oil, Gas Wells Dot Developments, Raising Potential Dangers

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A coal-bed methane well sits abandoned in a pool of water outside Gillette, Wyo. It's more expensive than it looks to clean up. Stephanie Joyce/Wyoming Public Radio hide caption

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With Abandoned Gas Wells, States Are Left With The Cleanup Bill

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Students use tablets in a classroom in Mae Chan, a remote town in Thailand's northern province. Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The 50 Most Effective Ways To Transform The Developing World

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