Colorado is seeking $25 million from a federal fund to plug orphan oil and gas wells, state officials said, in what could be the first installment of millions in cleanup aid.
The money is part of the Biden administration’s infrastructure program, passed by Congress last November. A total of $1.4 billion in plugging and abandonment funds are being made available to 26 states in the initial round of grants.
Colorado was eligible for an additional $14 million in federal assistance, but accepting it would have required the state to designate projects within 90 days, and complete them within one year, which it couldn’t do.
The infrastructure law allocates a total of $4.7 billion for the orphan well program, and Colorado could be in line for tens of millions more.
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