Program to plug 400 abandoned oil field wells kicks off in North Dakota


The state of North Dakota has launched a plan to plug hundreds of abandoned oil and gas wells in the state, a move that will keep nearly 1,000 oilfield workers employed through the rest of the year.

An estimated 2,000 acres of oil infrastructure, gravel well pads and roads will also be returned to farmland.

The plugging and reclamation effort is funded primarily through $66 million of the $1.25 billion the state received in federal CARES Act coronavirus relief aid, as authorized by the North Dakota Emergency Commission and the legislative Budget Section earlier this year.

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