Louisiana needs to address the problem of abandoned oilfield sites. Individuals and organizations can submit formal comments to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to apply the law on abandonment of oilfield sites.
Oilfield sites have scarred Louisiana for generations, becoming worse in spite of DNR efforts.
Although Louisiana law and regulations require companies to “plug-and-abandon” non-producing sites, regulations have included large loopholes. Coupled with weak enforcement, this has led to thousands of useless open canals.
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor recently released a report condemning DNR’s oversight of these sites. This report has sparked a 'rulemaking'--DNR recognizes that it needs to close the loopholes that allow oil and gas companies to shirk their duties to the public trust.
The Green Army has drafted extensive comments on the shortcomings of the existing rules and...