Saturday, August 3 marks the one year anniversary
of the sinkhole occurrence at Bayou Corne in Assumption Parish.
Governor Bobby Jindal and Atty. General Buddy
Calwell announced that the State of Louisiana is filing suit against Texas
Brine LLC for environmental damage caused by the collapse of a salt brining
cavern operated by Texas Brine Company LLC. Occidental Chemical Company is also
named in the suit as owner of the property.
"By filing suit, we are staying committed to
holding Texas Brine accountable for the damage they've caused to Bayou Corne
and to Louisiana," said Gov. Jindal, " We have already pushed for
buyouts for affected residents and are undertaking a thorough review of all of
Texas Brine's permits in our state. This suit is just the next step in making
sure Texas Brine does the right thing and properly addresses the mess it's
According to the Governor's office, "the
Louisiana State Constitution mandates the state and its agencies protect,
conserve, and replenish" Louisiana's natural resources. Agencies such as
the Dept. of Natural Resources, Dept. of Environmental Quality will have law
suits filed on their behalf by the Attorney General's Office.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said, "The safety and welfare of our citizens is
the top priority. Additionally, Louisiana has expended significant financial
resources to help the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities receive the
assistance and protection they need. We are pursuing this lawsuit to hold the
appropriate parties responsible for this tragic event."
In March, Gov. Jindal demanded settlement offers
for residents affected by the sinkhole in Bayou Corne. Nearly two-thirds of
affected residences have expressed interest in reaching a settlement agreement
and more agreements are expected.
Governor Jindal met with Texas Brine officials in
May to conduct a complete review of the permits issued to Texas Brine in
connection with its operations of the salt cavern wells in Assumption Parish,
and also throughout the state.
According to Gov. Jindal's office, "the
review—which is ongoing—is being conducted in order to determine if Texas
Brine's current financial condition indicate that such permit(s) should be
modified, revoked and reissued, or terminated."
Tuesday, April 1 2014 7:05 AM EDT2014-04-01 11:05:22 GMT
The giant sinkhole in south Louisiana isn't getting any smaller, which is evident by more land being swallowed up recently. New video was posted to YouTube Monday by the Assumption Parish Police Jury.More >>
New video posted to YouTube shows bubbling, and then a chunk of land on the sinkhole's eastern side sinks underwater.More >>
Thursday, March 27 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-03-27 17:13:55 GMT
Officials said the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana swallowed more trees Wednesday afternoon. The Assumption Parish Police Jury said there was a burp and slough-in around 3:25 p.m. Officials said debrisMore >>
Officials said the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana swallowed more trees Wednesday afternoon following a burp at the site.More >>
Monday, March 17 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-03-17 17:08:03 GMT
The public will have a chance to hear what's going on at the giant sinkhole site in southeast Louisiana. Texas Brine said there will be an operational update meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the command trailerMore >>
The public will have a chance to hear what's going on at the giant sinkhole site in southeast Louisiana.More >>
Wednesday, March 12 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-03-12 19:38:37 GMT
There is new information being released about recent bubbling in a bayou near the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. Texas Brine, the company responsible for the sinkhole, reported scientists determined theMore >>
Texas Brine, the company responsible for the sinkhole, reported scientists determined the new bubbling site is the result of swamp gas and is not related to the giant slough in nearby.More >>
Tuesday, February 25 2014 8:00 AM EST2014-02-25 13:00:21 GMT
Officials said a new bubbling site has been discovered near the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, bubbles were spotted on Grand Bayou, which runs alongMore >>
Officials said a new bubbling site has been discovered near the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. The bubbles were seen on Grand Bayou. More >>
The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. Click here to see the photos from August 2012 until now.More >>
The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. The sinkhole, or slurry, is consuming land and trees. Many images are from the Assumption Parish Police Jury. Click here to see the photos from August until now. More >>