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H.R. 2415 (117th): Orphaned Well Cleanup and Jobs Act of 2021

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To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to permanently plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned wells and the surrounding lands and to provide funds to States and Tribal Governments to permanently plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned wells and the surrounding lands, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Teresa Leger Fernandez

Sponsor. Representative for New Mexico's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2022
Length: 42 pages
Apr 8, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 26, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


34 Cosponsors (34 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Committee Passes Leger Fernndezs Orphaned Well Cleanup and Jobs Act
    — Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez [D-NM3] (Sponsor) on May 26, 2021

Congressman Lowenthal Leads Letter Calling On House Leadership To Protect Taxpayers By Including Oil And Gas Reforms In Budget Reconciliation Package
    — Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47, 2013-2022] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 19, 2021

Washington Review, August 23, 2021
    — Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8, 2013-2022] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 23, 2021

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 2415 will add $8.3 billion in new spending through 2031.


Apr 8, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Apr 15, 2021
Considered by Energy and Mineral Resources

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

May 26, 2021
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

H.R. 2415 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2415. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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