Interior Department Distributes Awards to Plug Orphan Oil Wells

Administration prepares to remediate 10,000 abandoned oil and gas wells.

The Department of the Interior has announced an initial $560 million for the reclamation of orphaned oil and gas wells. This will fund the first round of efforts to plug abandoned wells. 24 states have identified 10,000 high-priority wells for immediate remediation efforts, wells that actively leak high amounts of methane, polluting the atmosphere and poisoning those who live near them. The funding was allocated under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“At the Department of the Interior, we are working on multiple fronts to clean up these sites as quickly as we can by investing in efforts on federal lands and partnering with states and Tribes to leave no community behind,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “Today’s announcement is exciting progress toward what we will accomplish together through this historic Law.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Haaland to be led by God as she oversees the remediation of abandoned wells.
  • For officials in the Interior Department to be prudent in caring for public lands.
  • That the president’s administration would be wise in allotting funding for the stewardship of public lands and resources.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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