Instead of DEQ fines, plant sees tax breaks after explosion
by Claire Taylor
“Multi-Chem, a Halliburton-owned business that blends chemicals for oilfield production, including fracking, paid no state environmental fines when its New Iberia plant exploded in 2011.
Instead, the company received an expedited environmental permit to build a new plant in Vermilion Parish without public notice or a public hearing and was granted $1.8 million in state property tax exemptions over a 10-year period to build the new plant.
Now the company wants a permit to discharge water from its Vermilion Parish facility into area waterways and some residents aren’t happy. . . “