Letter to the Editor:
SB200 Senator Fred H. Mills, Jr. Failed 17 yeas and 19 nays
SALT DOMES: Prohibits the issuance of certain permits to create or convert a solution mined cavern for storage purposes.
SB200 had been amended. SB200 was to provide for the prohibition of certain permits on state owned water bottoms; to provide terms, conditions, and requirements; and to provide for related matters.
The amended SB200 would have been just for 5 years until more research is done on the safety of natural gas salt dome storage caverns.
AGL Resources, Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC, will not do an Environmental Impact Statement nor will they give the Seismic Study that was done to Save Lake Peigneur.
Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC employs 10 people and will hire one more after the expansion.
Senator Adley came before the senate microphone and stood before Senator Mills, and told Sen. Mills that he was playing games. Adley again and again brought up the disaster at Lake Peigneur in 1980, as if that disaster was nothing. Senator Adley told Senator Mills that he appreciated his problems. I wonder if Senator Adley appreciates what has happened to the people that live in Assumption parish.
Sen. Adley voted against SB200 on May 7 and 21. He ran a company that managed natural gas. In and Advocate article Sen. Adley stated that “I reached out to lobbyist friends I’ve known for years and said people need to be reasonable”. Senator Adley must have reached out to a lot of his lobbyist friends, as there were 20 lobbyists there for AGL Resources. Someone said the senate floor looked like an oil and gas convention.
Do lobbyists run our state? Why didn’t the DNR protect the people in Assumption parish? Why don’t most of the senators protect or care about the people that live around natural gas storage caverns?
To the Senators who voted and did the right thing thank you so much for caring about people’s lives. Save Lake Peigneur does not have lobbyists or money. The people that live in that area are hardworking people and so many work in the oil and gas industry but they are trying to protect their lives.