Emergency meeting called by residents in Bayou Corne

Emergency meeting called by residents in Bayou Corne
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 4:30pm

Residents of Assumption Parish will hold an emergency Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 to discuss continued issues related to the sinkhole and unexplained natural gas venting.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the St. Joseph the Worker Church Hall. More than 150 households in the nearby community have been impacted by the mandatory evacuation order issued. The emergency meeting will address concerns from those residents regarding what they believe to be a lack of real-time information from the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP), Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Texas Brine Co., the company in charge of the suspect cavern inside the Napoleonville Salt Dome.

“We are concerned with the lack of transparency from our public officials on this emergency situation,” John Achee, Jr., a Bayou Corne community advocate, said. “There is no citizen representation on the incident command team or community liaison to help communicate real-time with both existing and displaced residents. Additionally, we have learned that an esteemed and well-regarded Louisiana scientist has been blocked access to the team meetings.”

The Bayou Corne residents have created an information portal with daily updates from the eight separate entities involved in the emergency response. It includes local community observations and a blog regarding the sinkhole at www.lasinkhole.com.

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