Some Acadiana residents fear potential for sinkhole ‘disaster’
NEW IBERIA — Opponents of expanding the underground natural gas storage facility under Lake Peigneur asked state regulators on Wednesday to carefully review what they argue has the potential to become another disaster on the scale of the growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
Comments at a public hearing on the project also harkened back to 1980, when a drilling rig pushed through the top of salt mine under Lake Peigneur and opened a hole that consumed the entire water body.
“This lake, this region, these resources have sacrificed enough,” state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, told state Department of Natural Resources officials at the hearing. “… Protect the lake. It has suffered enough.”
Mills was joined in opposition by residents in the area, other public officials and representatives from the Sierra Club, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network and the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic.
Atlanta-based AGL Resources is proposing to scour out two new salt caverns for natural gas storage at its Jefferson Island Storage & Hub Facility, expanding on the existing two storage caverns there.
Bubbling sites on Lake Peigneur have residents worried
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Residents who live in Lake Peigneur in Iberia Parish are worried active bubbling on the lake near their homes could be putting their lives in danger.
“They haven’t told us anything, I don’t know. But I wish somebody would give us some answers because it’s a scary thought every night thinking what’s going to happen,” said Lake Peigneur resident Crystal Bell.
Homeowners are concerned the salt dome storage cavern collapse in Assumption Parish could happen to them.