Thanks to 11th hour strident action by concerned voters important bill, SB200 will not be tossed but will be reconsidered
Also - this news update -
There are only 10 people working right now at Jefferson Storage & Hub, one will be added after the expansion, hardly worth putting agriculture and other industries & 4,000 people that live in that area in danger.
In 2011 Eugene Owen, of Baton Rouge, Director & Chairman of Utility Holdings Inc., the holding company for Baton Rouge Water Company, Parish Water Company, Inc., Ascension Water Company and LAWCO, New Iberia, stated that 8 years ago because of contamination problems, wells had to be moved, costing millions. Increased withdrawal from the Chicot Aquifer by AGL’s (JISH) proposed well-pumping would significantly accelerate the rate of potential contaminates, arsenic. http://senate.legis.state.la.us/Environment/archives/2011/video.htm
Earlier report on the first round loss – before the reconsideration given it : Lake Peigneur gets snubbed by Senate … again
When writing your senators here are some good points to mention:
Opening something like this: “Dear Senator,
Please read and reconsider SB200. This information has previously been given to these Senate committees, Natural Resources, DEQ, Coastal Management and more. ” . . .
The majority of the Senate Natural Resources Committee voted yea on SB200. They know the problems facing the expansion of Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC.
JISH expansion will affect the Chicot Aquifer, Lake Peigneur, and 4,000 people in that area.
Water-level declined in the Chicot aquifer system during the period 1995-2005, based on data from the USGS/DOTD water-level network. The USGS has not conducted any studies that were specially designed to assess the effects of groundwater withdrawals at JISH.
Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC 2009 OPERATING AGREEMENT
3.4. Water Rights; Chicot Aquifer Withdrawal Restriction. Further without limiting the foregoing, and subject to obtaining any approvals required under Applicable Law, Jefferson Island shall have the right to drill for and extract water as may be necessary, incidental, or desirable for the Permitted Purposes, including, without limitation,
First permit application submitted had 15 pages of deficiencies resulting in AGL Resources hiring a firm to write a revised permit application.
TKE Engineering, JISH’s engineering co. was also the engineer for sparsely populated area Moss Bluff, TX natural gas salt dome caverns engineer company, completed in 2002 and had 2 explosions in 2004, AGL,s Richard Hyde, was working for Duke Energy, operator, at the time.
Iberia & Vermilion Parishes, LA
CHARACTER OF WORK: …permittee be allowed to dredge 87,273 cubic yards from 10.31 acres of water bottom….dredged material would be suction dredged …re-deposited into a deeper portion of Lake Peigneur …. Total deposition area would be 28.5 acres of Lake Water Bottom filled with dredged material. This proposal includes 11,986 cubic yards of temporary placed fill from trenching for the installation of pipeline from the HDD exit point to the wellhead platforms.
Eugene Owen, BR, Director & Chairman of Utility Holdings Inc., BR Water Company, Parish Water Company, Inc., Ascension Water Company and LAWCO, New Iberia, stated that 8 years ago because of contamination problems, wells had to be moved, costing millions. Increased withdrawal from the Chicot Aquifer by AGL’s (JISH) proposed well-pumping would significantly accelerate the rate of potential contaminates, arsenic.
Steve Langlinais, engineer, stated a hydrologist claims this could lower the withdrawal level in the Chicot aquifer as much as 17 to 75 feet. He also stated that the Chicot aquifer has not recovered from the 1994 water withdrawal from the first two natural gas salt dome caverns and one concern would be more salt water intrusion.
Please reconsider. There is bubbling and the cause is not known. We do not need another Bayou Corne.