Proposal to Plug Orphan Wells

Considering a Major Federal Effort to Plug Orphaned and Abandoned Wells
Jason Bordoff, Daniel Raimi, Neelesh Nerurkar (July 20): This paper, a joint effort between Resources for the Future and the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, examines the potential to boost U.S. employment in the oil and gas workforce while also reducing pollution through a federal program to plug orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells. These wells can leak methane and other pollutants that contribute to climate change, poor air quality, and other health and environmental risks. This research included interviews with key regulatory and industry officials to present the most up-to-date information on this rapidly evolving issue. Link to Content

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