Bonding Requirements and BLM Expenditures to Reclaim Orphaned Wells

Mittal, Anu K.
February 2010
GAO Reports;2/26/2010, preceding p1
Government Documents
The article presents a study conducted by the U.S. Accountability Office (GAO) which determines the value, number and coverage of bonds kept by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for oil and gas operations. It details the amount BLM paid to reclaim orphaned wells and the number of orphaned well BLM has identified but has not yet reclaimed. It provides a comparison of the bonding requirements for oil and gas operation of BLM in 12 western states.


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