Buyout delays have Bayou Corne residents outraged

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POSTED: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 8:40pm

UPDATED: Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 9:52am

People living in Bayou Corne have had enough of waiting to be bought out. They say Texas Brine is wasting time and not giving any one an offer.

"Texas Brine playing a game of we'll frustrate you. We will promise you things. We'll disappoint you," Nick Romero, Bayou Corne resident, described.

Texas Brine crews have appraised homes in the area, but so far no one has received a buyout offer.

"What ever they get it's not going to be something that they can accept, but they want to get it," Romero said.

Romero explained people are starting to wear down after months of waiting for an offer from the company. He is worried people will settle for an offer that to low just to get away.

"I hope they are strong enough and they say no you have messed me to long," Romero said.

James Johnson, Bayou Corne resident, is also waiting for an offer.

"We really, We can't do anything we are lost. I mean we don't know what to do," He described.

Johnson says if the buyouts don't come soon he will be forced to lawyer up.

"Apparently no one is pushing it now," Johnson said. "It's over with. As far as the politicians are concerned they forgot us I guess. "

Texas Brine Officials say procedural issues are to blame for the buyout delays. However, they could not release details on what the procedural issues are. They also don't know how long it will be before the first offers are given out. They hope to have the issues worked by Monday or Tuesday of next week so they can move forward with the process.

"You should have straighten that out a long time ago when you started talking about buyout," Romero said.

Bayou Corne residents just want to move on with their lives and leave frustrations of the buyout process and from living near sinkhole behind them.

"They are a bad company," Romero exclaimed. "Bad companies like this, the state should revoke their permit. After all this is over with and tell them get out of here go back to Texas, and don't you ever come back to Louisiana. "

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