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Idle and Orphan Oil and Gas Wells 2021

In December 2021, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) released a report titled, Idle and Orphan Oil and Gas Wells: State and Provincial Regulatory Strategies 2021. The report updates and expands upon information previously published by IOGCC on idle and orphan oil and gas wells.

The report documents the numbers of idle and orphan wells in the United States and Canada and associated well plugging and site restoration costs. It also outlines the regulatory tools and funding sources used to ensure idle wells are properly maintained and funds are available to plug orphan wells.

Click here to read the report.