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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

On Monday, November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law. The IIJA allocates more than $1 trillion to advance various infrastructure projects across the nation. Among other things, this legislation has the potential to provide approximately $400 million to Pennsylvania to plug abandoned and orphan (AO) oil and gas wells across the commonwealth over the next 10 years. This webpage documents how DEP is preparing to successfully utilize this increased funding in order to maximize the environmental protection, economic development, and public health and safety benefits associated with plugging Pennsylvania’s many AO oil and gas wells.

Because of the historic level of funding provided for plugging AO wells under IIJA, DEP looks forward to significantly increasing the number of AO wells plugged in Pennsylvania. The Department is targeting IIJA funds to plug the currently documented inventory of approximately 27,000 known AO wells across the commonwealth. Included in DEP’s AO well plugging goals is meeting the US Department of Interior’s directives to comply with the Federal government’s Justice 40 initiative for Climate and Economic Justice.

President Biden’s Executive Order on Implementation of the IIJA can be found here: Executive Order on Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act | The White House The items below are designed to summarize Pennsylvania DEP’s AO well plugging plans. This page is subject to change without advance notice. Viewers are encouraged to check back often. Additional information about DEP’s Abandoned and Orphan Well Program up until IIJA funding became effective is available by clicking here: Rewriting Pennsylvania's Legacy (


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