Bureau of Land Management to Host Orphan Wells Program Webinar

The Bureau of Land Management will host a roundtable-style webinar focused on the bipartisan infrastructure act’s new agenda, which provides $ 250 million to identify and repair orphan wells on federal lands. The BLM will lead the creation of the program, which is expected to be established by January 14, 2022.

The BLM webinar will provide an overview of the federal orphan well program and the office’s overall implementation plan. , and tribal grant programs. Participants will include state agencies, non-governmental organizations, members of industry and union perspectives on retraining opportunities and job creation. There will be a possibility of written contribution after the webinar. An email address for written contributions will be provided closer to the webinar.

Dated: Thursday, January 6, 2022

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST; 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. MST; 10:30 a.m.-12: 00 p.m. AKST

Please subscribe to this Zoom link: https://blm.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_8f9RtNk1Tn-g84xEtJSyBw

The Orphan Wells Program will aim to identify orphan wells and associated infrastructure on federal lands, and then plug, repair and salvage those wells and surrounding lands. Orphan wells will be prioritized by public health and safety; potential damage to the environment; and other subsoil impacts or land use priorities. The BLM will coordinate funding and account for costs; potentially responsible parties; measurement of emissions of methane and other gases and of contamination of groundwater and surface water; and a disproportionate burden on communities of color, low-income communities and Indigenous communities.