White House methane plan funds orphan well cleanup, rewards reduced farm emissions

Haaland says the US must act with urgency on over 100,000 wells; NM eligible for $44 million to cap them

By: - February 2, 2022 3:45 am

In an aerial view, some pumpjacks operate while others stand idle in the Belridge oil field on Nov. 3, 2021 near McKittrick, California. The Biden administration pledged to cut methane emissions from oil and gas production. In California, 35,000 oil and gas wells sit idle, many of which are unplugged and could leak methane gas. Scientists estimate that one-third of human-induced global warming is caused by methane. (Photo by Mario Tama / Getty Images)

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Jacob Fischler
Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.