Sinkhole bills continue to sail through Louisiana Legislature

By Sheila V Kumar, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

A pair of bills written in response to what is now a 15-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish won unanimous approval Tuesday from the Louisiana Senate. The two bills by Rep. Karen GaudetSt. Germain would make the state commissioner of conservation tighten regulations around the state’s salt domes and solution-mined caverns and require owners of homes up for sale to notify potential buyers of any nearby caverns.

The bills have been breezing the Legislature after a brine cavern that had been drilled into the Napoleonville salt dome collapsed in August, causing a sinkhole filled with vegetation and debris. The resulting slurry area has forced the evacuation of the nearby towns of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou.

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