Louisiana: Important Legislation is being considered in tomorrow’s Senate Committee on Environmental Quality. Tomorrow, April 27

From LEAN –

Important Legislation is being considered in tomorrow’s Senate Committee on Environmental Quality. Tomorrow, April 27, 2021 at 10:00am, the Senate Committee will consider SB2 by Senator Fields and SB44 by Senator Peterson. Both of these bills intend to better protect Louisiana communities.
SB2 by Senator Fields – Requires air monitoring systems in certain permitted facilities
SB44 by Senator Peterson and Representative Landry – Provides for reporting and notification of releases of certain materials that cause an emergency condition.
Please reach out to the Senate Committee of Environmental Quality to let them know you support these bills and their efforts to better protect Louisiana residents! Click on the names below for contact information, including email.
Senate Environmental Quality Committee Members

Lambert, Eddie J. Chairman District   18 R
Pope, J. Rogers Vice Chair District   13 R
Connick, Patrick Member District   8 R
Hensgens, Bob Member District   26 R
Hewitt, Sharon Member District   1 R
Peterson, Karen Carter Member District   5 D
Price, Edward J. Member District   2 D
Cathey, Stewart, Jr. Ex Officio District   33 R
Senate Committee Contact:






Monday News

New Orleans Times-PicayuneLouisiana’s regulation and inspection of oil and gas wells, including ‘orphaned’ wells, is inadequate, Legislative Auditor finds

The state Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation is doing an inadequate job of regulating and inspecting the state’s oil and gas wells, and is not properly overseeing a growing number of “orphaned” wells abandoned by private operators, according to a report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.

The result is an increasing state financial burden for cleaning up environmental problems caused by improperly operated wells and for plugging wells that have been abandoned by oil and gas companies, the report concluded. . . .

” . . .  Unlike other leading oil and gas production states — including Texas, Oklahoma and California — Louisiana has only required 25 percent of the state’s 57,819 wells to be properly covered by financial security agreements, the report said. That’s because the state’s financial security law that took effect in 2000 resulted in 18,000 wells being grandfathered, and state officials have found that another 24,000 wells meet exemption criteria set up by the law. . .  “

Gordon Dove: fox in the House Natural Resources Committee henhouse, or perhaps it’s just Louisiana Jindaltics as usual

LA TimesQuakes are increasing, but scientists aren’t sure what it means

[snip]   . . . The U.S. Geological Survey has been studying the increase in earthquakes larger than 3.0 in the central and eastern United States in recent years. There have been more than 100 a year on average in the last four years, up from 20 a year between 1970 to 2000.
The USGS studies suggest that the increased number of earthquakes coincides with the injection of wastewater deep underground, a process that occurs after an oil extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”



To The Ramparts (Again)! Contact Your Rep. < UPDATED



Send your reps e-mail with
“VOTE NO on SB469” in the subject line…
to the Louisiana House of Representatives and “Kill the Retroactive Clause” – a reminder…

The vote on SB469 is currently scheduled for next week. Time is of the essence for us to stand for and act.

[ SCROLL DOWN to find  the e-maill address and tel. numbers of the reps. ] 😉

The Louisiana Sinkhole Bugle

An appeal from Save Lake Peigneur about Nat’l Resources Meeting in Baton Rouge WEDNESDAY:

Tomorrow at 9:30AM we will be heard at the House Natural Resource Committee.

YOUR voice is needed contacting the following Representatives that will hear us in committee.

We have been working with the company for appropriate wording that will protect our drinking water and the 4000 citizens that live around Lake Peigneur. We hope this time there will be no battlefield but an agreement that we both can accept.

At this moment Save Lake Peigneur, Inc. is satisfied with the compromise in the bill.

Please contact the following Representatives TODAY asking to vote YEA for SB 585 as amended.

Date – May 14, 2014 – 9:30 AM
Place – the Capitol – House Natural Resources Committee Room

Thank you,

Nara Crowley
Board of Directors,
Save Lake Peigneur, Inc.

House Natural Resource Committee:

Rep.Gordon Dove…

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Dow’s Toxic Stew Near Bayou Corne

We were looking at Jim Lee’s great Climate Viewer today and decided to load the data from the EPA’s toxic release map. It is in the feature called ‘Pollution Tracker‘ on the viewer.


We found this factory – THE DOW CHEMICAL CO GRAND BAYOU OPERATIONS. And it has such a big list of nasties it lets loose in the area! ETHYLENE, CHLOROFORM, METHYL TERT-BUTYL ETHER and on and on. Details.
They don’t seem to have violations but then they don’t get too many inspections either.

Arsenic and Old Lake – Lake Peigneur Info and salt water intrusion there

This is from a reader –

. . the 1st DNR Senate Committee meeting I went to in 2011 about Lake Peigneur.

Eugene Owen talks about arsenic contamination. Steve Langlinais spoke about salt water intrusion. Of course the Senate Committee tuned Save Lake Peigneur people out!!


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. About Lake Peigneur

Steve Langlinais, engineer,  Vermilion Parish, stated that a hydrologist claims that 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.

Salt water worries are in this article in the Advocate posted today.