BLM announces contracting opportunities for multi-agency orphaned well cleanup program

Industry Days planned to inform about multiple award contracts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of its efforts to use investments from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to create good paying jobs and address legacy pollution in communities across the country, the Bureau of Land Management has issued two “Sources Sought” Notices for contractors interested in performing or supporting cleanup actions on orphaned wells on federal lands. The agency is inviting contractors to attend two upcoming virtual Industry Days to find out more about these jobs funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden six months ago, represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reduce methane and groundwater pollution and restore natural areas for current and future generations. A total of $250 million will be dedicated to plugging and reclaiming orphaned wells and well sites on federal land.

Two virtual Industry Day events are planned in June to provide requirement information to potential contractors – including small businesses – to facilitate information exchange between the government and industry and provide networking opportunities for interested entities. Parties interested in attending either Industry Day session should sign up using the registration links in the advertised notices.

BLM plans to solicit for a multiple award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for orphaned well plugging and remediation services across four different regions in the continental United States. Successful companies will be required to have experience in plugging wells and reclaiming lands. The virtual Industry Day event for this solicitation is scheduled for June 22 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 MDT. Register here for the session.

BLM is also soliciting for a multiple award contract for various environmental support services. These services may include National Environmental Policy Act analyses, hydrology and soil surveys, well investigation, emissions monitoring and modeling, project inspections, and other tasks. The virtual Industry Day event for this solicitation is scheduled for June 15 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 MDT. Register here for this session.

Multiple awards are expected from the future contract solicitations, which will be announced on These awards will provide well cleanup and rehabilitation services on federal lands managed by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, including BLM, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Find out more about these contracts at The support services contract is also being advertised through GSA eBuy.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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