FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TITO’S HANDMADE VODKA AND THE FELTY FAMILY CHALLENGE TO FUND FIRST WELL DONE FOUNDATION ORPHANED WELL-PLUGGING OF 2022, IN LOUISIANA
Texas-Based Distillery to Also Co-Fund Two Other Well-Pluggings and Project Manager Position
Mooringsport, LA – Jan. 5, 2022 – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the Felty Family and numerous individual donors come together to fund the Well Done Foundation’s first project of 2022, the plugging and surface restoration of Fenner #2, drilled in 1985 and located near Caddo Lake on the Louisiana/Texas border.
Part of the WDF’s 2022 “Five Bayous Project,” Fenner #2 was orphaned in 2017 and has sat abandoned since then.
Plugging will commence on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 2507 Pot Luck Road, Mooringsport, LA.
“Given that both Tito’s and the Felty Family’s home state is Texas, which shares Caddo Lake, we’re thrilled that they have taken an interest and are supporting our work,” Well Done Foundation Chairman Curtis Shuck said. “The Five Bayous make up a highly important and sensitive ecosystem that is fed from Caddo Lake, and we should do everything we can to sustain and protect them and our orphan well projects do just that. We are making a real difference, one well at a time, through reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving water quality and delivering surface area restorations – air, land and water.”
Tito’s will also collaborate with WDF on the upcoming Gish A #31 and Gish A #35 orphan well projects in the Five Bayous region. Tito’s will fund 100% of the Gish A #31 Project. The Gish A #35 Project will be a cooperative effort, wherein Tito’s and the Felty Family Challenge have committed to match donations 2:1 to finance the plugging of the Gish A #35 orphan well. Those interested in donating can go to welldonefoundation.org. Tito’s will also fund a WDF Five Bayous project manager position, whose responsibilities will include:
- Methane emission measurement and monitoring of approximately 70 +/- orphaned oil and gas wells in the WDF’s Five Bayous Project
- Reporting on methane emissions from the WDF 5 Bayous orphaned wells
- Identification of additional methane emitting orphaned wells in the WDF’s Five Bayous Project area
- Coordination of WDF plugging and abandonment work in the WDF’s Five Bayous Project area
“We first learned about Well Done Foundation’s incredible work while reading a news article about them and reached out to understand how we could support their initiatives,” said Lisa Huddleson, Director of Strategic Philanthropy for Love, Tito’s, the philanthropic heart of Tito’s Handmade Vodka. “We’re honored to join other donors and help WDF kick off the Five Bayous Project to plug abandoned wells.”
About Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Tito’s Handmade Vodka was founded by sixth-generation Texan, Bert “Tito” Beveridge. In the mid-nineties, on a plot of land in rural Austin, he built a 998 square foot shack, rigged a pot still with spare parts, and created Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tito’s corn-based vodka is certified gluten free. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is distilled and bottled by Fifth Generation, Inc. in Austin, Texas, and is available in Liter, 1.75L, 750ml, 375ml, 200ml, and 50ml sizes. For more information, visit www.titosvodka.com.
About the Well Done Foundation
Formed in 2019, the Well Done Foundation enables the oil and gas industry to partner with the conservation community to create an alternative pathway to success that benefits all. The Well Done Process, which does not include any public funding, creates a strategic partnership among regulators, surface owners and adoptive parties, leading to a safe and seamless system that provides cost-effective and lasting results that improve the environment while working with the industry in a transparent structure that delivers value to its Triple Bottom Line: community partnerships (people), environmental responsibility (planet), and economic benefits (profit). Montana’s Golden Triangle Region is home to some of the richest soil and most productive growing acres in the United States. The Well Done Foundation works with its partners to transition the orphaned well sites into their next levels of service. For more information, visit https://welldonefoundation.org/.