US Announced The Conditional Funding For 14 States To Reduce Methane Emissions

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The US government announced on December 15th the amounts of funding the 14 states will receive as part of the $350 million commitment to reducing methane emissions announced back in August 2023. 

The $350 million funding is part of the Inflation Reduction Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy’s partnership that will provide more than $1 billion in funding to help cut wasteful methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, that Biden’s administration identifies as one of the primary drivers of the climate crisis.

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The funding will aim to provide financial and technical assistance for preparing and submitting greenhouse gas reports, monitoring methane emissions, and reducing methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum and natural gas systems. Some measures include permanently shutting in and plugging wells, improving and deploying equipment to reduce emissions. 

Supporting innovation, mitigating health effects in low-income and disadvantaged communities, improving climate resiliency, and supporting environmental restoration are other measures that are mentioned in Biden’s Agenda. At least $700 million of the more than $1 billion program will be allocated for activities at marginal conventional wells.

The announcement covers the conditional funding commitments to the 14 states as follows: 

  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: $134,151,343
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: $44,457,220 
  • West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection: $37,791,464 
  • California State Lands Commission: $21,913,688  
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources: $19,941,597
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources: $17,367,009
  • Louisiana Department of Natural Resources: $15,661,335 
  • New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources: $14,656,151 
  • Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet: $12,912,198 
  • Colorado Department of Natural Resources: $12,608,270
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: $8,123,602 
  • Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy: $5,022,306 
  • State of Utah Department of Environmental Quality: $2,750,115 
  • State of Virginia Department of Energy: $2,643,702

The allocations are based on the participating state’s proportion of the total number of low-producing conventional wells on nonfederal lands.

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