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Lake Charles, LA

Problem with Another Salt Dome Storage Cavern will Affect...

SB200 to be Reconsidered Thank you Senators who voted to protect the Chicot aquifer and the safety of the 4,000 people that live around Lake Peigneur. To those Senators who voted against it, there is nothing to say. Senator Mills showed a video of what happened to Lake Peigneur and the surrounding area in 1980. Senator Ardley very coldly questioned Senator Mills about the video, and more or less said what does this video have to do with protecting Lake Peigneur and areas around it today. SB 200 BY MILLS Failed 15 by 20 votes Five (5) members of the Natural Resources Committee voted yea. Two (2) members of the Natural Resources Committee voted nay. The Natural Resources Committee members were all told of the problems with the Chicot aquifer if the expansion takes place. These members were all told of the bubbling in Lake Peigneur and the cause is not known. SB 200 was passed out of the Natural Resources Committee, but failed in the Senate. Most of the Senators who voted nay do use the Chicot aquifer, and are not concerned about the safety of people that live in the area of Lake Peigneur. Below is how the Senate voted. 2013 Regular Session Sequence: 288 SBS 3RD READING AND FINAL PASSAGE SB 200 BY MILLS SALT DOMES FINAL PASSAGE Date: 5/07/2013 Time: 6:16:50 PM ROLL CALL The roll was called with the following result: YEAS Allain Natural Resources Committee Brown Cortez Natural Resources Committee Crowe Donahue Dorsey-Colomb Erdey Heitmeier LaFleur Mills Morrell Natural Resources Committee Morrish Natural Resources Committee Perry Peterson Ward Natural Resources Committee Total -- 15 NAYS Mr. President Alario Westwego, LA Adley Benton, LA Amedee Gonzales, LA Natural Resources Committee Appel Metairie, LA Broome Baton Rouge, LA Buffington Keithville, LA Claitor Baton Rouge, LA Gallot Ruston, LA Johns Lake Charles, LA Kostelka Monroe, LA Long Winnfield, LA Natural Resources Committee Martiny Metairie, LA Murray New Orleans, LA Nevers Bogalusa, LA Peacock Bossier City, LA Riser Columbia, LA Smith, G. Norco, LA Tarver Shreveport, LA Thompson Delhi, LA Walsworth West Monroe, LA Total -- 20 ABSENT Chabert Guillory Smith, J. White Total – 4  (May 13, 2013 | post #2)

Abbeville, LA

Problem with another Salt Dome Storage Cavern

Thank you Senators who voted to protect the Chicot aquifer and the safety of the 4,000 people that live around Lake Peigneur. To those Senators who voted against it, there is nothing to say. Senator Mills showed a video of what happened to Lake Peigneur and the surrounding area in 1980. Senator Ardley very coldly questioned Senator Mills about the video, and more or less said what does this video have to do with protecting Lake Peigneur and areas around it today. SB 200 BY MILLS Failed 15 by 20 votes Five (5) members of the Natural Resources Committee voted yea. Two (2) members of the Natural Resources Committee voted nay. The Natural Resources Committee members were all told of the problems with the Chicot aquifer if the expansion takes place. These members were all told of the bubbling in Lake Peigneur and the cause is not known. SB 200 was passed out of the Natural Resources Committee, but failed in the Senate. Most of the Senators who voted nay do use the Chicot aquifer, and are not concerned about the safety of people that live in the area of Lake Peigneur. Below is how the Senate voted. 2013 Regular Session Sequence: 288 SBS 3RD READING AND FINAL PASSAGE SB 200 BY MILLS SALT DOMES FINAL PASSAGE Date: 5/07/2013 Time: 6:16:50 PM ROLL CALL The roll was called with the following result: YEAS Allain Natural Resources Committee Brown Cortez Natural Resources Committee Crowe Donahue Dorsey-Colomb Erdey Heitmeier LaFleur Mills Morrell Natural Resources Committee Morrish Natural Resources Committee Perry Peterson Ward Natural Resources Committee Total -- 15 NAYS Mr. President Alario Westwego, LA Adley Benton, LA Amedee Gonzales, LA Natural Resources Committee Appel Metairie, LA Broome Baton Rouge, LA Buffington Keithville, LA Claitor Baton Rouge, LA Gallot Ruston, LA Johns Lake Charles, LA Kostelka Monroe, LA Long Winnfield, LA Natural Resources Committee Martiny Metairie, LA Murray New Orleans, LA Nevers Bogalusa, LA Peacock Bossier City, LA Riser Columbia, LA Smith, G. Norco, LA Tarver Shreveport, LA Thompson Delhi, LA Walsworth West Monroe, LA Total -- 20 ABSENT Chabert Guillory Smith, J. White Total – 4  (May 13, 2013 | post #2)

Winnfield, LA

Problems with another Salt Dome Storage Cavern

Thank you Senators who voted to protect the Chicot aquifer and the safety of the 4,000 people that live around Lake Peigneur. To those Senators who voted against it, there is nothing to say. Senator Long fought against this bill. Senator Mills showed a video of what happened to Lake Peigneur and the surrounding area in 1980. Senator Ardley very coldly questioned Senator Mills about the video, and more or less said what does this video have to do with protecting Lake Peigneur and areas around it today. SB 200 BY MILLS Failed 15 by 20 votes Five (5) members of the Natural Resources Committee voted yea. Two (2) members of the Natural Resources Committee voted nay. The Natural Resources Committee members were all told of the problems with the Chicot aquifer if the expansion takes place. These members were all told of the bubbling in Lake Peigneur and the cause is not known. SB 200 was passed out of the Natural Resources Committee, but failed in the Senate. Most of the Senators who voted nay do use the Chicot aquifer, and are not concerned about the safety of people that live in the area of Lake Peigneur. Below is how the Senate voted. 2013 Regular Session Sequence: 288 SBS 3RD READING AND FINAL PASSAGE SB 200 BY MILLS SALT DOMES FINAL PASSAGE Date: 5/07/2013 Time: 6:16:50 PM ROLL CALL The roll was called with the following result: YEAS Allain Natural Resources Committee Brown Cortez Natural Resources Committee Crowe Donahue Dorsey-Colomb Erdey Heitmeier LaFleur Mills Morrell Natural Resources Committee Morrish Natural Resources Committee Perry Peterson Ward Natural Resources Committee Total -- 15 NAYS Mr. President Alario Westwego, LA Adley Benton, LA Amedee Gonzales, LA Natural Resources Committee Appel Metairie, LA Broome Baton Rouge, LA Buffington Keithville, LA Claitor Baton Rouge, LA Gallot Ruston, LA Johns Lake Charles, LA Kostelka Monroe, LA Long Winnfield, LA Natural Resources Committee Martiny Metairie, LA Murray New Orleans, LA Nevers Bogalusa, LA Peacock Bossier City, LA Riser Columbia, LA Smith, G. Norco, LA Tarver Shreveport, LA Thompson Delhi, LA Walsworth West Monroe, LA Total -- 20 ABSENT Chabert Guillory Smith, J. White Total – 4  (May 13, 2013 | post #2)

Winnfield, LA

Problems with another Salt Dome Storage Cavern

Senate Bill 200 could be reconsidered. Senator Long was a major factor in the bill failing. Please help in any way you can. You probably have heard of some of the problems here in Louisiana we have with salt dome storage caverns. There is the disaster in Assumption parish that has been ongoing since August 3, 2012. This is just one of the many articles about this ongoing disaster. http://theadvocate .com/home/5543772- 125/sinkhole-swall ows-more-trees Here in Vermilion-Iberia parishes in Louisiana, AGL Resources is trying to expand their natural gas salt dome storage at Jefferson Island Storage & Hub under Lake Peigneur. There has been an ongoing fight to stop this expansion. Despite the problems in Assumption parish and the problems that there have been at Lake Peigneur for years, the company is determined to expand. http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=lmh2Y dm2dW4 This is so important to those of us that use the Chicot aquifer, our only fresh water source for 15 parishes. SB200 reached the Louisiana Senate floor but was defeated, but it might be Reconsidered. SB200 will protect the Chicot Aquifer and 4,000 people that live in the area of a natural gas salt dome storage cavern in Iberia – Vermilion parishes. Water-level declined in the Chicot aquifer system during the period 1995-2005, based on data from the USGS/DOTD water-level network. The USGS has not conducted any studies that were specially designed to assess the effects of groundwater withdrawals at JISH. Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC 2009 OPERATING AGREEMENT 3.4. Water Rights; Chicot Aquifer Withdrawal Restriction. Further without limiting the foregoing, and subject to obtaining any approvals required under Applicable Law, Jefferson Island shall have the right to drill for and extract water as may be necessary, incidental, or desirable for the Permitted Purposes, including, without limitation, First permit application submitted had 15 pages of deficiencies resulting in AGL Resources hiring a firm to write a revised permit application. TKE Engineering, JISH’s engineering co. was also the engineer for sparsely populated area Moss Bluff, TX natural gas salt dome caverns engineer company, completed in 2002 and had 2 explosions in 2004, AGL,s Richard Hyde, was working for Duke Energy, operator, at the time. http://www.chron.c om/business/energy /article/Explosion -rocks-gas-storage -facility-in-Liber ty-1557248.php http://www.tke-eng ineering.com/proj2 .html Eugene Owen, BR, Director & Chairman of Utility Holdings Inc., BR Water Company, Parish Water Company, Inc., Ascension Water Company and LAWCO, New Iberia, stated that 8 years ago because of contamination problems, wells had to be moved, costing millions. Increased withdrawal from the Chicot Aquifer by AGL’s (JISH) proposed well-pumping would significantly accelerate the rate of potential contaminates, arsenic. http://senate.legi s.state.la.us/Envi ronment/archives/2 011/video.htm Steve Langlinais, engineer, stated a hydrologist claims this could lower the withdrawal level in the Chicot aquifer as much as 17 to 75 feet. He also stated that the Chicot aquifer has not recovered from the 1994 water withdrawal from the first two natural gas salt dome caverns and one concern would be more salt water intrusion. There is bubbling in Lake Peigneur and the cause is not known. We do not need another Bayou Corne, Assumption Parish disaster. 90% of the people work in the oil and gas industry that live in this area are against the expansion. These people, Save Lake Peigneur, have gone and presented experts’ statements about the problems, and AGL Resources goes to these same meetings with the Senate Natural Resources Committee, etc. with their lobbyists and I have never heard them say that Save Lake Peigneur’s experts are wrong. The company people even said at one time they will not have an accident!!! Please help in any way you can and get this out to as many people as you can.  (May 13, 2013 | post #1)

Abbeville, LA

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Abbeville, LA

An Article 2 Years Old and the Changes Since

December, 2011 NASA Shows Big Dip in U.S. Groundwater Regionally, Especially Near Texas Drought Using calculations based on satellite observations and long-term meteorological data, a new map shows that groundwater is extremely depleted across more than half of Texas, as well as areas of Louisiana. http://www.circleo fblue.org/waternew s/2011/world/map-n asa-shows-big-dip- in-u-s-groundwater -regionally-especi ally-near-texas-dr ought/ Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC 2009 OPERATING AGREEMENT with Louisiana 3.4. Water Rights; Chicot Aquifer Withdrawal Restriction. Further without limiting the foregoing, and subject to obtaining any approvals required under Applicable Law, Jefferson Island shall have the right to drill for and extract water as may be necessary, incidental, or desirable for the Permitted Purposes, including, without limitation, http://dnr.louisia na.gov/assets/OC/i m_div/20090818-IMD -OpAgmt-JISH.pdf  (Feb 1, 2012 | post #6)

Abbeville, LA

An Article 2 Years Old and the Changes Since

Boatlander Good thoughts but there is a problem, only it is kept quite. September, 2009, Louisiana Ground Water Resources Commission Meeting report because of the Chicot Aquifer levels they noted: prevent the oil -- or the heavy industry from around the Lake Charles areas from drawing from the Chicot Aquifer. http://dnr.louisia na.gov/assets/docs /conservation/docu ments/transcript91 609.pdf According to a United States Geological Survey the Chicot Aquifer is the sole source of fresh water for southwestern Louisiana and has already shown signs of dropped levels, especially in the area north of Crowley. http://la.water.us gs.gov/nawqa/gwsus 1.htm September, 2009, AGL company representatives said they could not promise that no additional caverns would be built after this project. http://www.iberian et.com/articles/20 09/09/19/news/doc4 ab3ceb696680270964 522.txt Some of the larger cities using the Chicot Aquifer are Lafayette, LA, Lake Charles, and New Iberia. Boundaries are roughly the triangle formed by Lafayette, Alexandria and Lake Charles, covering a 15-parish area in southwest Louisiana. http://www.lus.org /site97.php , http://www.cityofl akecharles.com/ego v/docs/11845950378 15.htm May, 2011 In Vermilion Parish, farmer Durel Romaine said saltwater is creeping into canals that supply irrigation water for rice.  (Feb 1, 2012 | post #5)

Abbeville, LA

An Article 2 Years Old and the Changes Since

“This is not the people against economic development” stated State Senator Troy Hebert in a newspaper article a few years ago. “This is the people who are concerned about the safety of their families, the safety of their drinking water, among other things”. He spoke on behalf of lawmakers, residents and Save Lake Peigneur, who want an Environmental Impact Study conducted before AGL Resources expands their existing facility. The Environmental Impact Study has never been done. Joining Senator Hebert in support for the study at that time were Sen. Nick Gautreaux, Rep. Simone Champagne, Rep. Taylor Barras, Rep. Jonathan Perry, Rep. Sam Jones, Sen. David Vitter, Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Charlie Melancon. Opponents of the expansion also included Delcambre Mayor Carol Broussard, Lafayette Parish-President Joey Durel, and the Vermilion Parish Police Jury. There have been a lot of changes since then: Nov., 2010, Senator Troy Hebert appointed Commissioner for the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Dec., 2010, Senator Nick Gautreaux appointed Commissioner for the Office of Motor Vehicles. Rep. Perry is now Senator Jonathan Perry. Bob Hensgens replaced Rep. Perry and is now Rep. Bob Hensgens. Rep. Charlie Melancon ran for governor and was defeated. There were member changes in the Vermilion Parish Police Jury. AGL Resources' Jefferson Island Storage & Hub: Donated $60,000 to three Erath, LA schools Donated $75,000 to Palmetto Island State Park Donated $20,000 to Delcambre High School Those that supported Jefferson Island Storage & Hub’s application were: Pipe Bending & Fabricating Company The Bayou Companies; Don Allison, Erath Mayor George Dupuis Rep. Henry Burns District 9 Lobbyists: Louisiana Association of Business and Industry The Louisiana Chemical Association Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Advantous Consulting LLC. It is easy to understand why lobbyists support this expansion and use of the Chicot aquifer. A Lobbyist conducts activities aimed at influencing public officials in favor of a special interest. Richard Hyde, AGL Resources, is a registered Lobbyist. Larry Sides is not a registered lobbyist, but Sides & Associates is the PR company for AGL Resources.  (Jan 31, 2012 | post #2)

Abbeville, LA

An Article 2 Years Old and the Changes Since

http://www.kaplant oday.com/view/full _story/8184766/art icle-Residents-spe ak-out In that article: LA. Ground Water Management Commission - Chicot Aquifer is one of three aquifers in Louisiana where sustainability is of concern, a Critical Ground Water Area (CGWA), which means the current usage and environmental conditions of the aquifer “is not being maintained due to either movement of a salt water front or water level decline, or both, resulting in unacceptable environmental, economic, social, or health impacts, or causing a serious adverse impact” to the aquifer. Since this article more information as to what damage the expansion will do to the Chicot aquifer has been sent to many of these people. Does Erath Mayor George Dupuis still support the expansion of Jefferson Island Storage & Hub and the use of the Chicot aquifer for this expansion? Do the other mentioned officials and new officials, state and local still want an Environmental Impact Study? What have they done lately to help save our aquifer and get an Environmental Impact Study? How do our elected officials feel now? Ask them!!!!  (Jan 31, 2012 | post #1)

Abbeville, LA

We getting a J-Turn

If people do not stop at Stop Signs, no matter what you do, you will have accidents. I drive 167, go the speed limit 65 & people pass me. I never see State Troupers there SUV runs stop sign at intersection of La. 699 and Hwy. 167; hits truck A two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of La. 699 and Hwy. 167 Friday at around 4:45 p.m. According to State Police, three people were injured but injuries were not life threatening. The State Police said the driver of the SUV was traveling east on La. 699 (road in front of North Vermilion High) and did not stop when it approached Hwy. 167.  (Jan 28, 2012 | post #70)