Louisiana to receive $111-milion in federal infrastructure dollars to clean up abandoned oil wells
The federal government is sending Louisiana 111-million dollars to plug and restore abandoned oil and gas wells. The money comes from the one-trillion dollar infrastructure bill and the first allocation is for 47-million dollars. Senator Bill Cassidy says he’s heard from communities across Louisiana about the environmental and safety hazards of orphan wells.
The state Department of Natural Resources estimates there are 46-hundred abandoned wells in Louisiana and cleanup is likely to cost 400-million dollars. Cassidy says the 111-million dollars for orphan well restoration will create jobs and make Louisiana a cleaner place to live.
Jeff Palermo, Louisiana Radio Network
February 1, 2022