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Louisiana's Dirty 100 Orphaned Oil & Gas Wells

Post: November 20 2013 in: Community

The "Dirty 100" are the 100 orphaned wells that are ranked as having the highest priority for the need of permanent plugging. They are leaking oil or Natural Gas, are currently causing an environmental problem and may also present a hazard or concern to human health and safety. These wells are orphaned wells, which means that the well's operator of record is no longer a viable responsible party. In other words, the companies that extracted minerals from the wells no longer exist so the responsibility of dealing with the wells now rests on the State of Louisiana. The State of Louisiana charges the Oil and Gas industry a fee of one and one-half cents ($.015) for every barrel of oil and condensate produced, and three-tenths of one cent ($.003) for every thousand cubic feet of gas produced which goes to the states Orphaned Well ProgramOrphaned Well Program . This allows the Louisiana Orphaned Well ProgramLouisiana Orphaned Well Program to deal with approximately 160 wells per year. There are currently 2820 wells identified as orphaned wells in need of permanent plugging in the State of Louisiana.

The Dirty 100 are located in the following parishes:

Parish: Number of Wells:
Lafourche 32
Vermillion 13
Cameron 12
Plaquemines 12
Terrebonne 11
Jefferson 10
Saint Mary 4
Saint Charles 2
Saint Bernard 1
Calcasieu 1
DeSoto 1
Franklin 1

The orphaned wells are prioritized by giving them a score based on various criteria; such as whether it is leaking or not, it's proximity to residences or public buildings, if it presents a hazard to boat navigation, whether it could impact wetlands or water supplies, and others. The Dirty 100 have scores of 30 or greater which gives them a Priority 1 or Priority 2 ranking which means that they are in urgent or high need of attention, respectively.

To get an idea of the Dirty 100, here is the top 10 of the Dirty 100:

Org Oper Name Well Name Well Num Parish Name Field Name Priority Score
DUNHILL RESOURCES, INC. SL 1593 003 SAINT MARY ATCHAFALAYA BAY 1 56
PRINCE OIL CO INC DERAMEE-NICHOL 002 LAFOURCHE LEEVILLE

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44
S. PARISH OIL COMPANY, INC. SL 1480 026-D LAFOURCHE LAKE RACCOURCI 1 43
THE ANSCHUTZ CORPORATION S/L 6308 001 CAMERON WILDCAT-SO LA LK CHARLES DIST 1 41
JEFFERSON LAKE SULPHUR COMPANY SALT DOME ROYALTIES INC 002 TERREBONNE BAY ST ELAINE 1 40
TRICE PRODUCTION COMPANY SOUTHDOWN SUGARS 004 TERREBONNE SUNRISE 1 40
S. PARISH OIL COMPANY, INC. SL 1480 026 LAFOURCHE LAKE RACCOURCI 1 39
W. T. BURTON W T BURTON FEE 001 CALCASIEU WILDCAT-SO LA LK CHARLES DIST 1 38
LOUIS J. ROUSSEL INEZ PIERCE 007 LAFOURCHE GOLDEN MEADOW 1 38
OLIN GAS TRANSMISSION CORP. GRANDISON 001 LAFOURCHE COFFEE BAY 1 38

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