The Advocate – Texas Brine’s plans to discharge water into sinkhole draws concerns < has good graphic
Texas Brine Co.’s push for a five-year state permit to discharge salty groundwater with traces of benzene and toluene into the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole has drawn concerns from environmentalists and landowners near the swampland hole in Assumption Parish.
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To those who wish to voice their opposition,
DEQ will be accepting comments until 4:30 pm CST, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014.
Email your comments to DEQ.PUBLICNOTICES ‘at’ LA.GOV
FAX to (225) 219-3309
Be sure to add the following at the top of your comments and put it in the “subject” portion of your email to make double sure that it gets in the right place: AI Number 182981, Permit Number LA0126917, and Activity Number PER20140001.
Here is what diligent resident, Mike Schaff has to say:
To: Ms. Peggy Hatch
Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Re: AI Number 182981, Permit Number LA0126917, and Activity Number PER20140001, Texas Brine, LLC,
I would like to begin by reminding you of your department’s Mission Statement: “To provide service to the people of Louisiana through comprehensive environmental protection in order to promote and protect health, safety and welfare…”
I’ve lived in Assumption Parish my entire life. For more than century prior to the mid 1960’s, my family and our ancestors drew water from the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer (MRAA) for our potable water needs. With the advent of solution mining in the late 50’s, this water source slowly deteriorated to the point where we were required to find a new source for our water requirements.
That new source, purification of water from the Mississippi River via Bayou Lafourche, has failed us many times over the past few decades. In just the past two years since the sinkhole occurred, we’ve received several letters AFTER THE FACT that our water supply did not meet the required standards the month PRIOR to the letter being issued.
The point here is that man has not been very successful in trying to construct filters as efficient as Mother Nature has done herself. We must not consider this aquifer a lost cause due to man’s voracious appetite for our finite resources. We MUST protect what little water supplies that we have… we must never let our decisions be made on what is more cost effective in the short term, but on what needs to be done to reverse the effects of the damages caused by this industry.
Keeping in mind that the sinkhole is directly connected to the aquifer, by allowing Texas Brine to return waste water from these vent wells is akin to allowing BP to skim the oil from the Gulf of Mexico and then dumping it back in the Gulf in a different location since it would not affect the quality of the water prior to skimming. This is ludicrous.
I ask you this question, Ms. Hatch, would you allow this waste water to be dumped into the Southern Hills aquifer in Baton Rouge? Would Texas Brine allow this waste to be trucked back to Texas and dumped into their own aquifers?
I think we know the answer to both of those questions. You would not allow it, as well you should not, we here in Bayou Corne and Assumption Parish demand that you not allow it here either.
The actions, inactions, statements and example that your department has set over the past 29 months in regard to the Bayou Corne / Grand Bayou manmade human environmental disaster has led to an extreme mistrust by most of us in the community of DEQ and the other state agencies. This is a chance for you to begin to heal those wounds… a chance for you to abide by your Vision Statement: “To be a respected steward of the State's environment.”
We respectfully request that you deny this permit application and have Texas Brine dispose of their waste water in an environmentally sound fashion by industries set up and properly licensed to deal with such wastes or by filtering and treating this water through industrial systems as required by all other members of industry in our state.
For the environment,
Resident of Paradise Stolen
Bayou Corne, Louisiana
Scroll down to Sept. 8 to see earlier post on the meeting with more info.