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Gov. Jindal Ignores Sinkhole Disaster; Activists & Scientists Demand Assistance for Traumatized Residents

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On Jan. 18, 2013,  Marylee Orr, Director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) and Wilma Subra,  President of the Subra Co. and Technical Advisor to LEAN, sent a letter with their concerns to Ted Grabowski, President of Texas Brine Co., and Stephen Chazen, President and CEO of Occidental Chemical Corp., which leases the land to Texas Brine.

Their letter began:

The Louisiana Environmental Action Network/LEAN is concerned about the future of the Bayou Corne community and the lack of an appropriate resolution for the residents impacted by the sinkhole. Residents in the area of the sinkhole have been evacuated for nearly six months and see no end to their displacement within the foreseeable future. Due to the unprecedented circumstances, concerns and questions surrounding this event, many residents feel that the sense of safety they once felt in their homes has been irreparably shattered.

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LEAN is requesting that Texas Brine Company and Occidental Chemical Company create a fund to assist residents in the Bayou Corne area currently impacted by the sinkhole. The fund would be designated for the purchase of property and relocation of residents who wish to not return to this impacted area or property devaluation payments to residents who wish to remain. Residents should have the option of receiving fair market value plus relocation costs. Property values must be based on market value of the property prior to the sinkhole. While many residents would like to leave Bayou Corne and move on with their lives, some residents wish to stay and see this ordeal through. Residents whose property value has decreased due to the sinkhole would receive appropriate compensation for the devaluation of their property. By establishing the fund, Texas Brine Company and Occidental Chemical Company would provide equivalent compensation to both residents who wish to stay in Bayou Corne and those who wish to leave.

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(The entire letter can be read at click here)

For an excellent, 13-minute video summary of the disaster, see the  mini-documentary "A Hole in the Bayou"   at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =mwQqyO6yizM

The Hole Problem: An Interview with John Achee Jr.  is a 6-minute interview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTTONdIYzWU

This article is an update. Please see previous articles for further details.


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Wilma Subra, is a scientist and Pres. of the Subra Company, and past Vice-Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). Her company provides technical assistance to citizens concerned with environmental issues, by combining technical research and evaluation.

Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN)


The purpose of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) is to foster cooperation and communication between individual citizens and corporate and government organizations in an effort to assess and mend the environmental problems in Louisiana. LEAN's goal is the creation and maintenance of a cleaner and healthier environment for all of the inhabitants of this state.

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