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

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
President
Board of Directors,
Save Lake Peigneur, Inc.

House Natural Resource Committee:

Rep.Gordon Dove (Chair) 985-876-8823 larep052[ at ]legis.la.gov

Rep. Bishop (Vice-Chair) 337-315-1661 bishops[ at ]legis.la.gov

Rep. Armes III / 337-238-7004 / armesj[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Billiot / 504-436-8929 / billiotr[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Chaney / 318-728-5875 / chaneyb[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Connick / 504-371-0240 / connickp[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Foil / 225-342-6777 / foilf[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Garofalo / 504-278-6599 / garofalor[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Gisclair / 985-798-7757 / gisclairj[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Guinn / 337-824-0376 / guinnj[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Harrison / 800-935-2081 / harrisoj[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. James / 225-925-4859 / james.ted[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Jones / 337-828-7778 / joness[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Lambert / 225-673-5048 / larep059[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Leopold / 504-393-5649 / leopoldc[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Montoucet / 337-783-2999 / montoucj[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Morris / 318-995-6852 / larep001[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Ortego / 337-886-4687 / ortegos[ at ]legis.la.gov
Rep. Schexnayder / 225-473-6016 / schexnayderc[ at ]legis.la.gov

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UPDATE – Here’s what happened. From Save Lake Peigneur –

” Today, SB 585 moved from the House Natural Resources Committee because we  both made concessions. The bill still needs further discussion, but thanks  to Senator Mills, AGL Resources, and ourselves we may be able to reach an  end to our differences. Discussion and compromise is attainable if both parties are willing to work together.
 
 AGL Resources agreed to no permit will be issued until after January 31, 2016. We have agreed to studies by experts we mutually agree upon, that will utilize more current data and technology. We discussed having a more specific contractual agreement.”

Contact Your Reps (Again!)

From Save Lake Peigneur –

SB 584 and SB 585 are to go before the Senate DNR Committee Thursday – April 24 (approximately 10-10:30 AM). Please contact the senators below & ask them to support these bills.

The Senate Natural Resources Committee will be hearing Senator Fred Mills SB 584 & SB 585. Additionally Bayou Corne’s bill by Senator Rick Ward SB 209 will be heard.

Date & Time :

Thursday – April 24….  following Senate adjournment (approximately 10-10:30 AM)

Location: Senate Committee Room A

Please contact by email and phone calls the Senate Natural Resources committee asking their support of these bills.

The bills will protect the drinking water for 15 parishes and 4000 citizens, the Town of Delcambre, 3 schools, surrounding Lake Peigneur. About Lake Peigneur

Your attendance to the committee hearing is most welcome.

Please let us know if a ride is needed we will do what we can to help.

  • Senator Long (Chair) 318- 628- 5799
    long@legis.la.gov
  • Senator Rick Ward (Vice Chair) 225-246-8838
    wardr@legis.la.gov
  • Senator Morrell 504-284-4794
    morrelljp@legis.la.gov
  • Senator Allain 337-828-9107
    allainb@legis.la.gov
  • Senator Amedee 225-644-1526
    amedeej@legis.la.gov
  • Senator Chabert 985-858-2927
    chabertn@legis.la.gov
  • Senator Morrish 337-824-3979
    morrishd@legis.la.gov

Thank you.

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

Save Lake Peigneur says Save the Aquifer!

Take steps to protect La.’s Chicot Aquifer

Save Lake Peigneur Inc. has been asking for support from Louisiana legislators for eight years.   About Lake Peigneur

  Our request has been in reference to protecting the drinking water, which supplies 15 parishes, or an estimated 1,126,173 Louisiana citizens, as well as protection for the schools, 4,000 residents, town and environment surrounding Lake Peigneur. . . .

Contact your rep.:
Let your voice be heard this legislative session: LouisianaVoice’s handy dandy legislative guide

Report Back from the BIG MEETING July 3 with Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré – DNR Responds

BAYOU CORNE, LA — The Assumption Parish Pierre Part library was the meeting place of a support group of the residents of Bayou Corne. Some people from Save Lake Peigneur group and I were invited to the meeting by  Bayou Corne resident Mike Schaff.  Mike officiated the meeting.
There to help assist them was Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré

Lake General Honore uniform

The people in Bayou Corne are praying that General Honoré will be able to help. General Honore spoke of human rights, and how our country was set up. He stated that the most powerful thing people have is public notification.  The people have the opportunity to tell the nation, state, that we have a problem; he stated that bad news does not get better with age. General Honoré stated that “We have an environmental and human disaster here”.  “You have the right to be heard” he explained.

Mike Schaff asked Nara Crowley of Save Lake Peigneur to speak of their fight of 8 years to stop any more salt dome caverns being leached out for natural gas storage. She stated that there is already bubbling in the lake, the cause is not known. AGL Resources could put 20 more caverns under the lake, without approval once this permit is issued.  The Chicot aquifer, aquifer for 15 parishes, has never recovered from the first salt dome leaching. AGL Resources has stated on their JISH web site, that they will use 5 million gallons a day to leach out 2 more caverns.

The Bayou Corne Blue Ribbon Committee member reported that there is H2S gas under some house slabs. He also stated that at one time Texas Brine wanted to stop monitoring. There is also natural gas in their aquifer. Some residents spoke of persons who are monitoring the air are riding down the street using equipment with their vehicle windows closed and thought they would not get a correct reading.

Emotions were high.  There were people crying as they spoke of their problems, and I cried with them.  One lady, whose husband has Parkinson’s, who evacuated needs to borrow money to get another house.  Two mortgage companies denied her and another said Texas Brine would have to sign a letter stating that they are going to continue to pay her for 3 years.  One may think that getting $875 a week is enough, but people still have to pay their mortgage on the home they are not living in, plus another place to live.

Some of the community is being divided by frustrations.  Next month, August, it will be one year and the sinkhole continues to expand. People spoke of their insurance companies dropping them.
How long will Texas Brine Co LLC a Limited Liability Company (Non-Louisiana) continue to pay for destroying these people’s lives?  Texas Brine’s three insurance companies have caps. The state of Louisiana has billed Texas Brine Co. which it blames for the massive sinkhole,   $3.5 million dollars. Texas Brine is fighting these fines, a tally of state response efforts to the sinkhole from six different agencies.  And now there are talks of closing Hwy 70.  To see how close to the sinkhole, watch this video taken by a resident of Bayou Corne. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABqdY7SZm1U

What will the cost be to taxpayers to reroute Hwy 70?  Already the parish is losing money.  Texas Brine will not have the money to pay the state for a new highway.

You, the taxpayers of Louisiana, will pay for this disaster!

Texas Brine Co. is being sued by other companies for forcing the permanent closure of their gas pipelines.

Wilma Subra, Subra Company, was there to help these people to understand their exposure and health effects.

Texas Brine and the Department of Environmental Quality are monitoring levels of natural gas that is floating in the aquifer and other levels of gas. Wilma stated that there had been no readings since last Friday, and did not know what is going on. Wilma said that there times when the equipment had not been setup to monitor smelly odors.

The late Mel Leavitt’s, WDSU New Orleans,  daughter, came from New Orleans to offer her help.  She was much appreciated.

At the end of the meeting on the ride back to Iberia/Vermilion parish I thought how terrible these people have been treated.  Our own Governor Jindal did not even to bother to visit Bayou Corne for 7 months.  HB493 and HB494 have been passed, but it is too late to help Bayou Corne residents. Where is the EPA?  Are the people who work for DNR, DEQ, EPA, just following their job duties?   The laws that might protect people’s lives and property that live in these areas are written and passed by our senators and representatives.  SB200 by Senator Mills to protect the lives and property of the people that live around Lake Peigneur was defeated by 2 votes in the Senate. All SB200  had was a 5 year moratorium for expansion, until studies could be done to find the cause of the bubbling and for an Environmental Impact Statement.

PHOTOS:

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The Advocate reports on it with some shameful lies by Patrick Courreges at DNR –

LIES! LIES! LIES!

“. . . . Courreges said a variety of state and federal agencies are involved in the response, including EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. He said they are working in a coordinated response and keeping people informed.

A community meeting, for example, is planned July 16 while websites are maintained with reports on the incident, legislative hearings have been held and the Office of Conservation has responded to more than 200 direct emails. . . . “

story – Honoré: Feds need to get more involved in sinkhole emergency

LINK –  http://youtu.be/A5RqVz0ljcg

LINK –  http://youtu.be/hJXy4Svc5gg

Some related PHOTOS by the videographer, Julie Dermansky. And a great article too. About Lake Peigneur

short link –  http://wp.me/p2GNDM-2SW