EDF assertion by Elizabeth Gore, Senior Vice-President, Political Affairs
April 13, 2021
Shira Langer, (202) 572-3254, [email protected]
Immediately, Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) launched the 2021 regulation to revive financial progress and recuperate orphan wells (REGROW) to remove environmental dangers and supporting tens of hundreds of jobs. This invoice makes greater than $ 4.6 billion in federal funding out there to federal, state and tribal businesses to plug and restore orphaned oil and gasoline wells. There are over 56,000 inactive orphan wells documented with none occasion chargeable for cleanup throughout the US, which might trigger native environmental hazards to groundwater and emit methane and different dangerous air pollution. The everlasting plugging or plugging of those wells creates a major environmental profit whereas boosting native economies.
“EDF congratulates Senators Luján and Cramer for introducing a bipartisan invoice that may create jobs and defend native communities from air, water and local weather air pollution from orphan leaking wells. Over 100,000 employees within the oil and gasoline trade have misplaced their jobs prior to now 12 months and this effort will get folks again to work whereas making a more healthy surroundings.
“This invoice will make sure that each documented orphan nicely in the US is plugged in, assist determine and catalog the lots of of hundreds of different poorly deserted wells throughout the nation, and make sure that when the wells are plugged they’re are appropriately. This is a crucial a part of the excellent reforms – together with bond reform and different insurance policies that stop wells from turning into orphaned sooner or later – wanted to cut back the environmental influence of the oil and gasoline trade. .
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