Acadia Parish residents say abandoned oil wells pose risks

Acadia Parish residents say abandoned oil wells pose risks


Acadia Parish residents say abandoned oil wells are opposing health risks and environmental risks because of leaks as Mike Carter explains they want something done his story new tonight at ten some of the first all wells in Louisiana were drilled out here Ronnie Witten has lived in Evangeline his entire life I’ve lived here all my life I’m 69 within like many people across the state lives within a football field of abandoned oil and gas wells like this one we can’t even get to it oh this is an abandoned whale right here oh there it is right here see it it’s a whale that should have been plugged in abandoned it hasn’t been steeped white almost four thousand abandoned oil and gas wells are scattered throughout neighborhoods like this one and Whidden is concerned they pose a threat to the environment problem is that if they get a lot of water – oil seeps up out of the ground it started out right here one of the leaks it ran towards the gully and naturally when it comes out that’s gonna run into the gullies and the streams and it’s gonna run on into the bayous and home out to the Gulf Whidden says wells like this which have been abandoned by their owner should still be taken care of by the state but the Department of Natural Resources says the state’s budget for cleanups is limited DNR adds that if a company is following the state’s rules and maintaining a well it’s not considered an orphan but residents here worry what impact these wells will have on their land and their families well I don’t like them and you know I don’t feel comfortable with the kids out here playing you know you know and or around in fact I don’t let the grandkids go anywhere near home and the bus stops right here and unloads kids and those kids so you know they’re sitting here on the side of this 10,000 pound whale head in Evangeline Mike Carter k80 CTV 3

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