Lawsuit: Oilfield contamination is widespread in Spanish Lake basin just outside Baton Rouge

Wetland ecologist Scott Nesbit drove down a gravel oil field road in an all-terrain utility vehicle, zipping under a heavy forest canopy toward what he says is the source of it all.

Nesbit’s target was a shuttered and overgrown former Shell Oil production facility near a T-intersection where the forest has given way to the sky, scrub and open marsh in the heart of the Spanish Lake basin.

Backed with scientific measurements of land in Spanish Lake and the underlying aquifer, Nesbit and his business partners in the Spanish Lake Restoration land bank contend Shell’s shuttered main production facility and its oilfield pit near the “T” are the primary source of historical contamination across the swamp…


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