The Advocate Opinion
JANUARY 17, 2013
You know what? As a Bayou Corne resident, I personally am sick of seeing our “no-show” governor and our state of Louisiana just sitting back and laying all of this on Texas Brine. There is no doubt in my mind that the cause of all of this is Texas Brine’s failed cavern, but we must all not forget that our very own Louisiana Department of Natural Resources was well aware of this breached cavern back in January 2011 and did nothing about it but slide it under the rug with no monitoring or consideration of potential problems that we are now facing as a result of that lack of action on the part of LDNR under the direction Joe Ball and James Welsh.
Our state can sit back all day every day and hand out mandates and fines to Texas Brine, but the reality is this situation is not getting resolved, and pointing fingers and flexing LDNR’s muscles is not helping the people of the Bayou Corne community, the residents of Assumption Parish or the environment utilized and enjoyed by many residents of Louisiana in general.
The impact of this disaster is not just a local problem. Folks come here from all over to hunt, fish, boat ride, ski, sightsee, camp, eat and buy seafood. People’s health is being affected, whether physical or mental. Livelihoods are affected. Wildlife is affected. Tourism is affected. Culture is affected. And all of that has a direct effect on the state of Louisiana.
If Texas Brine is, for whatever reason, unable to contain and resolve this problem, then it it time for the state of Louisiana to step up and help get this problem resolved and deal with the finger-pointing and recouping of financial losses later. The problem needs to be corrected, and if the state needs to help Texas Brine correct it, then that is what the state needs to do.
It’s our community, and our community is in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s state. Gov. Jindal has to see that this problem is bigger than Texas Brine. Gov. Jindal and the state of Louisiana need to get involved in the repair, rather than just sit back and direct and levy fines. They need to help Texas Brine resolve this problem!