On August 25, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it has formally awarded an initial $560 million from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 24 states to begin work to plug, cap and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells.
Pennsylvania received a grant of $25 million and indicated it will plug 50 wells with the funding as well as ramp up the new federal well plugging program to invest future funding in conventional oil and gas well plugging.
Pennsylvania is expected to receive up to $395 million for conventional well plugging over the next 15 years.
Eligible states have indicated that there are over 10,000 high-priority well sites across the country ready for immediate remediation efforts, with many more lined up for future action.
DOI said the number of wells varies based on the remoteness, well depth, site conditions and previous activity at the well site as well as other state considerations, such as the number of existing staff and whether the state has preexisting well plugging contracts.
Visit DEP’s Infrastructure Investment And Jobs Act webpage for more information on the federal conventional oil and gas well plugging program
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