Biden Administration Pledges $1.15 Billion for Orphaned Well Clean-up Program

Texas and Pennsylvania are eligible for the most funding in the first phase of the new $4.7 billion federal program to address orphan oil and gas wells.

Hart Energy Staff

The Biden administration on Jan. 31 said it would make $1.15 billion in funding available to create jobs cleaning up orphaned oil and gas wells across the country, according to a release by the Department of the Interior.

“We must act with urgency to address the more than one hundred thousand documented orphaned wells across the country and leave no community behind,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland commented in the release. “This is good for our climate, for the health our communities and for American workers.”

The funding unveiled on Jan. 31 represents a portion of the $4.7 billion allocated in the infrastructure law passed in Congress last year to create a new federal program to address orphan oil and gas wells. The program is considered a pillar of U.S. President Joe Biden’s pledge to address climate change as the investment will help reduce methane leaks, ultimately advancing the goals of the U.S. Methane Emissions Reduction Action Plan.

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