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AECOM joint venture selected by U.S. Department of Interior to remediate orphaned oil and gas wells

AECOM (NYSE: ACM), the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, today announced that its SLICOM joint venture with managing partner Street Legal Industries has been awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract by the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management to support the government’s Federal Orphaned Well Program. The multi-state, multi-agency program—supported by $4.7 billion in funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)—addresses the significant risks to human and environmental health from abandoned oil and gas wells in national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other federal lands throughout the United States.

“Millions of Americans live within a mile of orphaned oil and gas wells that pollute the air and water, are a source of climate warming emissions, and pose public safety hazards,” said Frank Sweet, chief executive of AECOM’s global Environment business. “Harnessing the passion of our technical experts, deeply aligned with the core principles of AECOM’s Sustainable Legacies strategy, we look forward to making a positive impact through this critical environmental remediation program that will spur economic development in effected communities.”

The SLICOM joint venture will deliver a range of services required for remediation following more than 150 years of oil and gas production on federal lands nationwide. The program includes planning; environmental assessments, permitting, testing, and compliance; investigations of abandoned oil and gas wells; digital and geographic information system services; and project inspection services. A major initiative within the program is mitigating harmful methane pollution, which is a key contributor to climate change. By leveraging its cutting-edge technology for methane monitoring, AECOM’s industry-leading air quality experts will be key to the team’s successful delivery.

“We are proud of our industry-leading supplier diversity program and thrilled that we are continuing to build on our successful collaboration with our small business protégé Street Legal Industries through this new contract,” said Karl Jensen, executive vice president of AECOM’s National Governments business. “These small business partnerships positively impact the environment and communities nationwide, and they are integral to our work to deliver a better world.”

Street Legal Industries is an 8(a), woman-owned small business that is participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration mentor-protégé program with AECOM as their large business mentor. In this rigorous six-year program, large federal contractors are paired with small and diverse firms to help grow their capabilities with the objective of becoming more competitive in the federal market. AECOM has formally mentored 12 firms in federal agency mentor-protégé programs over the past five years and has been recognized with numerous national awards for its commitment to meaningful small business partnerships.


AECOM (NYSE: ACM) is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

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