Luján Holds Virtual Roundtable on REGROW Act with Western Leaders Network and Environmental Defense Fund
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) held a virtual roundtable with the Western Leaders Network and the Environmental Defense Fund to discuss the critical advancements of the Senator’s REGROW Act, which was included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law by President Biden last year.
“In New Mexico and across the nation, communities have long been impacted by the environmental hazards and scars that orphaned wells leave behind, and it’s crucial to promote sustainable solutions to clean these contaminated areas,” said Senator Luján. “That’s why I’m proud to have led the REGROW Act this Congress with my colleagues. It was a pleasure to meet today with stakeholders to review the benefits of this legislative victory for New Mexicans and the environment.”
The REGROW Act will employ skilled energy workers to clean up tens of thousands of orphaned oil and gas wells across the country – including more than 700 in New Mexico – creating an estimated 13,500 good-paying jobs. This effort was supported by a majority of our nation’s governors, as well as top environmental and energy leaders. The provision is a key component of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to slash emissions and a key priority of the Senator’s to create jobs for skilled workers in New Mexico.