Sandwiched in the bipartisan infrastructure bill’s numerous energy priorities was a provision, offered by Sen. Kevin Cramer and New Mexico’s Democratic Senator Ben Lujan, that is modeled after North Dakota’s Bakken Restart Program.

During the pandemic, North Dakota used $66 million of its CARES Act funds to keep oil and gas workers employed plugging and reclaiming orphaned and abandoned wells. The REGROW Act similarly set aside $4.7 billion in funds for the same purpose.