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NPR-A Legacy Wells Program

Current Status

The BLM is preparing to solicit for services to support the remediation of the NPR-A legacy wells. Learn more here>

The 2013 Legacy Wells Strategic Plan 

As part of its continuing commitment to protect public safety and Alaska’s environment, the BLM has released the 2013 Legacy Wells Strategic Plan, outlining priorities and actions it will take in the near-term to plug and clean up legacy wells in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A). The strategic plan documents BLM's goals for the program and identifies actions BLM will carry out to work toward achieving “closure” of all legacy wells in the NPR-A.

The 2013 Legacy Wells Summary Report
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This summary report documents the current status of each well under BLM management, including site descriptions, photos and condition assessments. This report was used to develop the 2013 Legacy Well Strategic Plan for addressing well clean up. This report was updated 9/23/2013. Minor changes were made to update the land status on some of the Legacy Wells in the Barrow area, including Arcon #1, South Barrow #1, South Barrow #2, and South Barrow #3. 


Did you know?

  • BLM received $50 million through the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013 for remediation, reclamation and closing of abandoned oil wells in NPR-A. These funds will allow the BLM to address high-priority wells and nearby lower priority wells.
  • The BLM has developed a strategic plan which identified the actions necessary for closing all legacy wells in the NPR-A.
  • Since 2002 the federal government has spent $86 million for plugging and surface cleanup of 18 priority legacy wells.