- State Government
- Environmental Clean-up
Reserved for Energy
States may apply for Phase 1 Formula grants from March 1, 2023 until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on August 31, 2023.
Comment period ends 3/24/23
State Formula Grants $2 Billion- SEC 40601 of BIL
As provided under Section 40601(c)(2), a State may use funding to: i. plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned wells located on State-owned or privately-owned land; ii. identify and characterize undocumented orphaned wells on State and private land; iii. rank orphaned wells based on factors including public health and safety, potential environmental harm, and other land use priorities; iv. make information regarding the use of funds received available on a public website; v. measure and track – I. emissions of methane and other gases associated with orphaned wells; and II. contamination of groundwater or surface water associated with orphaned wells; vi. remediate soil and restore native species habitat that has been degraded due to the presence of orphaned wells and associated pipelines, facilities, and infrastructure; 6 See Government Accountability Office definitions at: https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-05-734sp.pdf 5 vii. remediate land adjacent to orphaned wells and decommission or remove associated pipelines, facilities, and infrastructure; viii. identify and address any disproportionate burden of adverse human health or environmental effects of orphaned wells on communities of color, low-income communities, and Tribal and indigenous communities; and ix. administer the program of work identified in its grant agreement. States have 5 years to obligate funds.