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Idle and Orphan Oil and Gas Wells
In December 2019 the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) released a report titled, Idle and Orphan Oil and Gas Wells: State and Provincial Regulatory Strategies.
The report documents the number 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.
A supplemental report was published in May 2020. The supplemental information in this report categorizes the population of documented orphan wells by land ownership. The states were asked to specify how many of the orphan wells documented in the earlier report occur on state lands, private lands, and federal/tribal lands.