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Oil in Avoyelles Could Mean Big Business for Locals

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New job possibilities and perhaps a boost in local business revenue have people around Cenla talking.

It all has to do with going for the gold - black gold.

News Channel Five's, Brooke Buford, has the story about oil in Avoyelles.

Tucked in a remote area right around Dupont in Avoyelles Parish is the North Bayou Jack Field.

It's an area that lies on the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, a 60,000 square mile area that runs from Texas, through Central Louisiana and into Mississippi.

And, it's believed to be a hot spot for black gold.

"Tuscaloosa has oil and gas," said Charlie Dewitt, a former state representative. "It could be a great deal for land owners on leasing. It's been happening here for awhile, that's what we have been talking about."

One oil well has already been drilled in the area and plans are in the works for a second one.

If the wells prove to be successful - oil companies believe that could bring anywhere from 750,000 to 1.5 million barrels of oil per well.

According to a local business we spoke with around town, they say they are already starting to reap the benefits.

"I definitely feel it would bring lots of job opportunities to our community," said Heather Cormier, of Cooyon's Ole Time Grocery. "I think it would help the local area as well. With all the small businesses that we have here, we've seen actually a great increase in the traffic here in our local store."

Others hope it will boost the economy.

"I guess throughout the past people don't like oil wells too much because they don't get money off it," said Joby Bordelon, an area resident. "It's just the way it goes sometimes. It'd going to be what it's going to be. Hopefully it'll help everything out and boost the economy in the local areas like Plaucheville, Dupont, Avoyelles Parish."

Avoyelles residents hope to hear more well updates in the coming months.

The second well is expected to be ready around the beginning of May.

And, if you've been contacted about the project, email your story to news@kalb.com.

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