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Well Plugging Program (2023)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Lake Arthur, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-11-17

Duration: 00:05:46

Subjects: Artificial reefs | Oil wells - - Abandonment | Louisiana. Department of Natural Resources | Environment


  • LeBlanc, Karen Host
  • Salsbury, Barry Interviewee
  • Courreges, Patrick Interviewee
  • Lapeyrouse, Jacob Interviewee
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Walther, John Interviewee
  • Rosen, Pamela Chavez Interviewee


This segment from the November 17, 2023, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen LeBlanc’s report on the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources’ well plugging program for abandoned oil and gas wells and platforms. LeBlanc reports that 630 wells have been plugged in 2023 due to $60 million in federal funding. Her report also touches on the use of abandoned platforms as artificial reefs. LeBlanc tags along with a team as they plug wells in Lake Arthur in the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge. She interviews: Barry Salsbury, owner of Select Oilfield Services, LLC; Patrick Courreges, communications director for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources; Jacob Lapeyrouse, disaster services project engineer for Lemoine; John Walther, CCA Louisiana vice president of habitat; and Pamela Chavez Rosen, U.S. manager of sponsorship and corporate social responsibility for Shell.