Retired Lieutenant General Russell Russell Horenne called on Governor John Bell Edwards and the Louisiana Legislature to force oil companies to close 4,600 abandoned wells around the state during a rally outside the Lafayette Petroleum Club.
“Our greatest gift, the natural resources that run the engine, is becoming one of our greatest burdens,” he said.
“It’s not about workers in this industry. It is greedy at industry headquarters, such as Texas and New York, for funding these searches coming to Louisiana. ”
“What happened later was that our mothers did not do what they taught us, and they cleaned up after you. You clean up your messes. ”
Honoré, a native of Pointe Coupée Parish, who led a military response to Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago, After retiring from the army in 2008, he became a lawyer in Louisiana. Earlier this year, he was appointed to conduct an investigation in the United States. Capitol police respond to the January 6 riots in Capitol.
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The state has more than 4,600 abandoned oil wells, which could cost more than $ 600 million to print.
He argued that the taxpayer’s money should not be used for that purpose, and argued that instead of diverting the wells to shell companies, oil and gas companies should pay the costs of printing the wells at the State Oilfield site. Rehabilitation Commission.
“When big oil companies end up with a well, they transfer it to another unknown limited liability company. That liability company will waste the rest of the oil from that oil field, and then suddenly the example will be LCCC. ”
He said the abandoned wells pose a threat to the state’s environment and the well-being of its residents. It was too close to the girl’s house because of a nearby oil storage tank in violation of regulatory requirements.
“That abandoned pit was 150 feet from their house. They lived in a trailer. Do you know what Louisiana law is? 500 feet. And I thought 500 feet was funny. This trailer was 150 feet long. What was the sheriff doing? What was the fire department doing? Said Horne.
Investigators determined the victim’s interactions with tanks, both of which contained reserve barrels of oil, and contributed to the blaze, after a wide-ranging scene involving state fire marshal representatives, Beaugard Parish Sheriff’s Deputy and Louisiana State Police emergency services. The victim’s final actions and the exact cause of the explosion and fire are still unknown and are under investigation.
When it comes to oil and gas companies, they do not enforce any cursed laws. Because everyone says, ‘OK, they create jobs, you know, and my son works there.’ We need to change this. We need a cultural transition; He added.
To facilitate that change, Honoré He called for the removal of Edwards, who was approved by the ruling party in 2015, from the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, and the Louisiana Central Oil and Gas Association from the Oilfield Rehabilitation Commission. Oversees the region’s abandoned well program.
“We respect people who work (oil and gas),” he said. “But the companies are; The big shooters from Texas are the ones who break our laws, control, control the commission, and make a profit for themselves.
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