POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:14pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:57am
BAYOU CORNE,LA (NBC33) — A spokesman for Texas Brine said the company is using three houses; they bought in settlements, to put up workers in Bayou Corne.
Some property owners there say it's insulting to the community.
"It's Texas Brine's property, so they can do what they want. They can move who they want in there. The problem is to me; it's a slap in the face to the evacuees and the residents that formally had homes here and were forced out of their homes by these same irresponsible people,” Mike Schaff, who still lives in Bayou Corne, said.
Some residents like Dennis Landry said having the workers as new neighbors isn't a big deal.
“In fact they could even be some advantage,” Landry said. “These people are working the response, so they are right here. If something immediate would happen I’m thinking they can respond just that much quicker.”
Schaff stated it's not the workers he has a problem with.
“I'm not upset with the workers. I'm upset with Texas Brine,” He said.
Sonny Cranch, Texas Brine spokesman, said the company decided to use the three homes to house workers temporarily while they work on the sinkhole response.
The move he said came; because it's more cost effective than paying for workers to stay in hotels. The plan also moves workers closer to the site of the sinkhole.
Schaff said there's still gas underneath the Bayou Corne community, and he is concerned for his and his new neighbors safety.
"... That's why I have monitors in my house. That's why they need monitors over there,” Schaff said. “That's why you don't bring people in until after the situation is cleared up."
Landry explained he still has an emergency go bag packed just in case. But after almost two years of dealing with the bubbles, the gas, and the sinkhole he is still living in his Bayou Corne home.
"It’s something we've learned to live with, so having a couple more people in the neighborhood I personally don't see it as a big big deal."
Schaff said, "I just want them to be safe and to understand that there in a dangerous zone and that their lives are at stake."
Cranch said the company has not yet decided its official long term plans for the homes they buy out in the settlement process.