Oil and Gas Bonds: Bonding Requirements and BLM Expenditures to Reclaim Orphaned Wells

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DIANE Publishing, 2011 - 58 pages
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This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. The Bureau of Land Mgmt. (BLM) requires oil and gas operators to reclaim the land they disturb and post a bond to help ensure they do so. If the bond is not sufficient to cover well plugging and surface reclamation and there are no responsible or liable parties, the well is considered "orphaned," and BLM uses fed. dollars to fund reclamation. This report: (1) determined the number, value, and coverage of bonds held by BLM for oil and gas oper.; (2) determined the amount that BLM has paid to reclaim orphaned wells over the past 20 years and the number of orphaned wells BLM has identified but has not yet reclaimed; and (3) compared BLM's bonding requirements for oil and gas operations with those the 12 western states use for oil and gas oper. Illustrations.

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