Orphan & Idle Wells Colorado Conference
Part of a North American Series

March 6, 2024
The Curtis Hotel | 
Denver, Colorado



Join us at the Orphan & Idle Wells Colorado Conference 2024, where we continue to confront the critical environmental, logistical, and financial challenges posed by over 3.7 million abandoned oil and gas wells, including approximately 130,000 orphan wells. These wells, lacking responsible ownership, pose severe risks by leaking oil and toxic chemicals, endangering water sources, contributing to air pollution, and emitting methane, causing environmental hazards and economic burdens on communities and governments. 

Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), significant steps have been taken with a US$4.7bn fund to address the environmental impacts of these wells. In synergy with the DOE's Undocumented Orphaned Well Program, these efforts aim at ecological restoration, economic growth, and job creation. This event is an extension of our well-received Orphan and Idle Wells series, launched in Texas in October 2023 and successfully started a much-needed dialogue on decarbonizing oil and gas operations in the Lone Star State. 


We chose Colorado because of its position as a leader in oil and gas regulation, industry best practices, and CCUS and geothermal technologies. This pivotal conference will delve into the complexities surrounding orphan wells and 20,000 low-producing wells that are at risk of becoming orphan wells in Colorado. We are excited to feature a speaker faculty of esteemed subject matter experts from state and federal agencies, leading energy companies, academia, and experts in well decommissioning and monitoring. 
The event will spotlight initiatives and updates on:

  • Financial Strategies for Well Abandonment and CCUS 
  • Environmental Compliance and Sustainable Practices
  • Technological Advancements in Well Plugging and Remediation
  • Stakeholder Collaboration and Engagement at the federal, state and industry level
  • Community and Public Health Priorities
  • CCUS Integration for Carbon-Neutral Assets
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making
  • Regulatory Frameworks and Policy Advocacy
  • Balancing Financial, Environmental, and Community Goals
  • Innovation and Sustainability in the Energy Industry

The Orphan & Idle Wells Colorado Conference is your opportunity to be at the forefront of this critical environmental and economic challenge. For more information please contact Zia Durrani on zia.durrani@energyconferencenetwork.com


Kimbra Davis
Kimbra Davis
Director, Orphaned Wells Program Office
U.S. Department of the Interior
Greg Dean
Greg Dean
Oil & Gas Administrator, Community & Economic Development Department
Adams County
Markus Drouven
Markus Drouven
Technical Director, National Emissions Reduction Initiatives
U.S. Department of Energy/NETL
Nick Gianoutsos
Nick Gianoutsos
Physical Scientist
U.S. Geological Survey
Julie Murphy
Julie Murphy
Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission


"The Texas Orphan & Idle Well conference was very informative, covering a broad range of topics including the history of orphan wells, available federal funding, emissions monitoring, carbon credits, and plugging techniques from a diverse range of subject-matter experts."

 Nick Gianoutsos, Physical Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey

"Return on investment is what I focus on when I chose my conferences. The level of presentations were excellent and will further my knowledge in the orphan, idle, and abandoned well space."

 Michael Beck, President, Surface Solutions Inc