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Bakken Restart is among energy priorities sandwiched in bipartisan infrastructure deal

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plugging orphaned and abandoned wells

A rainbow forms over a recently plugged and abandoned well in Montana. 

Sandwiched in the bipartisan infrastructure bill’s numerous energy priorities was a provision, offered by Sen. Kevin Cramer and New Mexico’s Democratic Senator Ben Lujan, that is modeled after North Dakota’s Bakken Restart Program.

During the pandemic, North Dakota used $66 million of its CARES Act funds to keep oil and gas workers employed plugging and reclaiming orphaned and abandoned wells. The REGROW Act similarly set aside $4.7 billion in funds for the same purpose.

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