Zurik: Orphan wells and the deadbeats who leave them

Almost 4,000 abandoned oil and gas wells dot Louisiana’s landscape and waters, from Oil City to Golden Meadow and beyond. Many of them have been deteriorating for decades; some of them are leaking.

And year to year, just as the state cleans up scores of orphan well sites, hundreds more are abandoned by their operators.

One of those wells sits in Rickey Jordan’s backyard in Shreveport, as close as 10 feet from the house where his daughter and grandchildren sleep…


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