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Orphaned Well Site Plugging, Remediation, and Reclamation Program Phase 1 Formula Grant

Federal Agency


Orphaned Wells Program Office


To monitor, track, plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned wells State-owned or privately-owned land

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

States must have submitted an LOI by December 2021 to be considered for Phase 1 formula funding.

Decarbonization Considerations

Funding can be used to measure and track emissions of methane and other gases associated with orphaned wells

Equity Considerations

Funding can be used to identify and address any disproportionate burden of adverse human health or environmental effects of orphaned wells on communities of color, lowincome communities, and Tribal and indigenous communities.

Helpful Tips

Funding must be used within 5 years.

Other Notes

There are 3 types of grants for states under the Orphaned Well Program: (1) initial grants, (2) formula grants, and (3) performance grants. Initial grants have already been distributed.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

December 31, 2023

Funding Available


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Matching Funds

Not required

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