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BIL Section 40601 Orphaned Well Program State Formula Grants

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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

Eligible Recipients:

  • State Government

Program Purpose:

  • Environmental Clean-up

Reserved for Energy



Funded by:

U.S. Department of the Interior


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.

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