It sits among a clutch of homes, not far away from a storage tank for natural gas.
The pumpjack isn’t operating now, but the company that owns the well says it hopes to re-start the pumping soon.
The appearance of a natural gas well in the middle of a neighborhood, less than 30 feet from a home, is startling. Then again, the location is in predominantly black northeast Oklahoma City, where an urban renewal plan has identified numerous environmental and blight issues.
Yet one resident in a home next to the well said he isn’t bothered.
“There’s no question about this – when someone is driving by, it looks horrible,” said David Smith. “But it’s functional and they’re (company officials) paying their taxes.”