- Private Sector
Reserved for Energy
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.
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For more information, please visit https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/state-initial-grant-guidance-bil.pdf.