Should Congress provide an incentive to states and tribes to manage their own oil and gas wells?
• “I’m proud to join with Congressman Thompson to introduce the POWER Act, which will provide new economic opportunities for southwestern Pennsylvania’s oil and gas workers who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Pennsylvania, we already have a skilled and knowledgeable workforce ready to remediate the estimated 200,000 orphaned wells across the state. By providing federal funding to plug these wells, we can support the creation of good-paying jobs for hardworking Americans while addressing environmental and safety hazards in our communities.” Source: Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (Republican, Pennsylvania, District 14)
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The POWER (Plugging Orphan Wells and Environmental Restoration) Act of 2020 amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to create a program that will provide grants to states and tribes to manage and/or close oil and gas wells on state and tribal land. Sponsor: Rep. Glenn Thompson (Republican, Pennsylvania, District 15)
- Thompson Introduces Orphan Well Act (Bradford Era)
- Legislation Would Fund Orphan Wells Program (Pennsylvania Business Report)
- Pennsylvania Republicans Unveil Bill to Reauthorize Well Remediation Program (The Ripon Advance)