The research and exploratory work Norfolk County does on mitigating leaky natural gas wells could find applications across Ontario.The province confirmed Monday that Norfolk will receive $500,000 from the Ford government for this purpose. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry recently indicated that the county met the qualifications for this funding.The province expects Norfolk County to spend a portion of this money on finding a solution to a leaky gas well in Silver Hill near the intersection of McDowell Road West and Forestry Farm Road.This well is leaking high levels of toxic hydrogen sulphide gas. There is no record of whether this is an abandoned gas well or a natural vent.Neighbouring households are being monitored for toxic effects. Correcting the situation is complicated by the fact that the hydrogen sulphide is emanating from a spot in the middle of a wetland.“As Norfolk County has been actively engaged in how to address leaking gas wells the province of Ontario is providing assistance to support mitigation and monitoring opportunities,” local MPP Toby Barrett said Monday in a news release.“Although there isn’t a solution yet, I am confident this funding has helped move us closer to finding one. Norfolk County has been a valuable partner in this work.”The release adds “The knowledge gained will be valuable if there are similar problems in the province in the future.There are more than 25,000 natural gas and petroleum wells across southwestern Ontario. A total of 7,800 of these – active and abandoned – are located in Norfolk and Haldimand.The news release notes that – under the Oil, Gas and Salt Resource Act — private land owners are responsible for correcting gas well issues on their property.