The Biden administration is planning to invest $660 million to clean up orphaned natural gas and oil wells, with most of the funds earmarked for the energy producing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Methane Emissions

The goal is for the states to receive “economic growth and revitalization,” Department of Interior (DOI) officials said. The program would help to “reduce harmful methane leaks, which is one of the major drivers of the climate crisis, and reduce environmental and public health risks to surface water and groundwater resources critical to U.S. communities and ecosystems.”

Funds would come from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The legislation provided $4.7 billion for well cleanups.

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