Beauregard Parish Proposed Amending and Re-Enacting of Ordinance 5-81
Permit Process for Use of Parish Roads for Dredging and Oil, Gas and Mineral Exploration within Beauregard Parish
Comments on the Proposed Amended Ordinance 5-81
The proposed amendments to Ordinance 5-81 are focused on concerns of possible damage to parish roads as a result of increasing activity due to exploration of oil, gas and minerals and the associated increase in heavy vehicles. The following comments are provided to strengthen the proposed amended ordinance and/or suggestions to be included in an additional ordinance to safeguard and protect the environment of Beauregard Parish and the health of the citizens of Beauregard Parish.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA -- Louisiana Environmental Action Network and its Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper program along with Waterkeeper Alliance and several Gulf Coast Waterkeeper organizations filed suit in Federal Court today, February 2, 2012, against Taylor Energy Co., LLC under the citizen suit provisions of the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation Recovery Act, for ongoing violations stemming from an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has continued to flow for seven years.
The Louisiana State Court of Appeal ordered the State Department of Environmental Quality to test the environmental impact of discharges from produced waters from oil and gas production activities within Louisiana territorial waters in the Gulf of Mexico, upholding the position of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) and its attorney Stuart H. Smith that DEQ failed to protect the public from pollution and possible radiation poisoning when it issued oil and gas permits for exploration without proper monitoring of the resultant impact on territorial waters.