05.25.22

163 Louisiana Orphan Wells to Receive Funding Through Cassidy’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced 163 orphan wells on federal National Wildlife Refuges across Louisiana will receive funding through Cassidy’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Nationwide, the $33 million investment will create jobs plugging, remediating, and reclaiming orphaned oil and gas wells in national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and on other public lands. 

“This funding will create Louisiana jobs and keep our state clean and healthy,” said Dr. Cassidy. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to benefit our communities, environment, and economy.”

 Location

Number of Wells

Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge

9

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

6

Darbonne National Wildlife Refuge

68

Jean Lafitte National Historic Park

10

Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge

11

Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge

59

Cassidy previously announced the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) will allocate to Louisiana $47,396,249 in Phase One formula funding and initial grants from Cassidy’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to plug and restore orphaned oil and gas wells.

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