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.”


Number of Wells

Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge


Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge


Darbonne National Wildlife Refuge


Jean Lafitte National Historic Park


Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge


Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge


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.