July – August 2023, Volume 51, Number 4

After more than half a century of waiting, Powder River, the Western Organization of Resource Councils, and allies applaud the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for releasing new rules for federal oil and gas wells. The proposed rules will help ensure that federal wells are plugged and reclaimed in a timely manner and shield taxpayers from footing the cleanup bill. Under the new standards, operators will post bonds that better cover the costs of plugging wells and reclaiming public and private split estate lands impacted by oil and gas development.

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