NEW IBERIA – Judge Keith Comeaux of the 16th Judicial District Court based in New Iberia reversed the decision of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) to issue a Coastal Use Permit to Jefferson Island Storage & Hub for its proposal to construct and operate two natural gas storage caverns in the Jefferson Island Salt Dome under Lake Peigneur. The court agreed with the plaintiffs that the LDNR should not have issued the permit without first finding out that the project would not unreasonably endanger public safety and that the location had foundation conditions sufficiently stable to support the use.
Further, the court ruled that the LDNR decision violated its Constitutional duty as public trustee of the environmentunder Article IX, section 1 of the Louisiana Constitution because it did not do an environmental impact analysis of the potential impacts of the project. . . .
Bubbling continues at Lake Peigneur. The DNR & AGL Resources were notified of some unfortunate changes in the bubbling phenomena. We have had a few bubbling events over the summer however, yesterday’s event indicated significant changes.
Most of the previous bubbling events ran in linear east/west movement.
Yesterday the bubbling ran north/south and irregular lines. After discussion with the AGL contact the company will also monitor activities in our process to determine the cause of the bubbling.
SB585 Passed the House – yeas 93, nays 0. Finally passed, ordered to the Senate SB585 by Senator Fred H. Mills, Jr. MINERALS: Requires public noticefor certain solution-mined cavern permits in Vermilion and Iberia parishes.
Save Lake Peigneur (who fought hard for this outcome) says, “The terrible tragedy at Bayou Corne enlightened many legislators. We thank the citizens of Bayou Corne for organizing Senator Rick Ward’s bill SB209 which does not help their situation but helps any future disasters involving salt dome cavern storage. SB 209 passed unanimously today.“.
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
Nara Crowley President Board of Directors, Save Lake Peigneur, Inc.
Thanks to ALL who wrote, called, e-mailed and went to the committee hearings…. especially to LEAN and Save Lake Peigneur‘s Herculean efforts to stop the ruin of Lake Peigneur and the aquifer. A rum punch is in order!
Save Lake Peigneur has a new appeal – Please help with Senator Fred Mills SB584 and 585 to save Lake Peigneur that goes before Senate Natural Resources this week.
You can get contact info on the important people dealing with this on last week’s post. Your calls matter!
Monday evening – after 6 p.m. (quittin’ time) some high-fuzz appears on some helicorders but not all of them. No idea what it could be.