The Department of the Interior today announced $1.15 billion in funding is available to states from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to create jobs cleaning up orphaned oil and gas wells across the country.

It’s been a key initiative of the Biden Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which allocated a total of $4.7 billion to create a new federal program to address orphan wells. According to the Department of the Interior, millions of Americans across the country live within a mile of an orphaned oil and gas well.

Climate experts say that orphaned wells are polluting backyards, recreation areas, and public spaces across the country. These historic investments are expected to help clean up these hazardous sites will create good-paying, union jobs, catalyze economic growth and revitalization, and reduce dangerous methane leaks.

“This is enabling us to confront the legacy pollution and long-standing environmental injustices that for too long have plagued underrepresented communities,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “We must act with urgency to address the more than one hundred thousand documented orphaned wells across the country and leave no community behind.

This is good for our climate, for the health of our communities, and for American workers.”

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