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Home to 4,605 orphan oil & gas wells, Louisiana seeks federal money to plug them.
Louisiana has lost 23% of its oil & gas jobs in less than two years.
Article by Mark Schleifstein
Originally published on Nola.com
January 10th, 2022
LA plans to ask the federal government for an Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act grant to help pay the estimated $401.7 million cost of plugging them. If all of Louisiana's orphan wells were targeted for plugging, the effort could employ about 1,000 people fulltime for a year.
Do you know if you live near an abandoned oil & gas well? Abandoned wells leak hazardous pollutants into the soil, groundwater & air, enduring nearby communities. Find out if you’re living near an abandoned well using this awesome map created by Tristan Baurick (The Times-Picayune | The Advocate) using data from the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.