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FY2021 Oil & Gas Management – Orphan O&G Well Remediation

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Close Date:


Upcoming Milestones:

Eligible Recipients:

  • Private Sector

Program Purpose:

Environmental Clean-up, Other Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy


Funded by:

U.S. Department of the Interior


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), under existing legislative authorities and in support of Executive Order 14008 seeks to address orphaned oil and gas wells on BLM managed public lands to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, protect water and other resources, and prevent damage that harms communities and poses a risk to public health and safety. The BLM defines an orphaned well as a well with no legally responsible or liable party to perform permanent well plugging, abandonment and reclamation, and no adequate financial assurance (i.e., bond(s)) for which the United States is the beneficiary to cover the estimated cost for permanent well plugging, abandonment, and surface reclamation. BLM managed orphaned wells exist in several states; activities and the complexity associated with permanently plugging, abandoning, and reclaiming orphaned wells vary from site to site. Opportunities to address orphaned wells is dependent on available funding resources.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Direct Award
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
No limit stated
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Application period is closed.

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