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New Mexico awarded $25 million for orphan well clean-up 

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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior has awarded New Mexico an Orphan Wells Initial Grant of $25 million to clean up abandoned oil and gas wells on state and private lands in New Mexico through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Initial Grant award is effective on October 1, 2022, and the state will have approximately a year to obligate the funds for projects on state and private land.  

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