Seismic activity is increasing and there is no end in sigh to the displacement of the Bayou Corne community. Texas Brine Company and Occidental Chemical Corporation should relocate Bayou Corne residents who wish to leave.
BREAKING NEWS: Seismic activity is increasing in the area of the sinkhole. Assumption Parish Office released this update at 11:50am today: There has been increased seismic activity near the cavern this morning as well as developments of cracks on Oxy 3 pad. At approximately 10:00 this morning, another burp occurred in the sinkhole. The State Police helicopter has arrived to provide aerial viewing. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
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The above image shows a digital representation of the seismic activity occurring between noon and approximately 1pm today, Saturday January 19, 2013. Click hereto see seismic monitoring of this area in real-time.
Texas Brine Company and Occidental Chemical Corporation should relocate Bayou Corne residents who wish to leave their community. It has been almost 6 months that the community of Bayou Corne has been displaced due to the sinkhole. Many residents of this area had found an idillic place to live in Bayou Corne but feel their sense of safety and community has been shattered forever. While Texas Brine and the State of Louisiana work to address this situation there are still many uncertainties and no definitive end in sight to the threats facing the Bayou Corne community.
LEAN has worked to do whatever is possible to assist local residents in navigating the concerns surrounding this unprecedented catastrophe. In that effort, LEAN has sent a letter to Texas Brine Company, Occidental Chemical Corporation and the Louisiana State Department of Natural Resources asking for the creation of a relocation fund for residents of the Bayou Corne Community. Many residents feel that they have endured this situation long enough and will never again feel comfortable in there homes. For residents who wish to relocate, funds should be made available from the responsible party(Texas Brine) to purchase their property(at market value without the depreciation from the sinkole) and provide relocation costs so that they may find a safe and comparable home somewhere else.
Unfortunately, “buy-outs” due to industrial accidents have happened before in Louisiana. LEAN is asking Texas Brine Company to set a precedent by voluntarily being proactive in this process and prioritizing the needs of the residents who wish to get on with their lives. LEAN would be willing to oversee the implementation of this process as we have done in a number of locations in Louisiana.
Many residents wish to remain in Bayou Corne and see this ordeal through. This fund should also provide devaluation payments to residents whose property value has decreased due to the sinkhole. Individuals have every right to remain if they wish but should have the option to leave due to the excessive and irrepairable disruption of their community and potential impacts to their health. Whether residents remain in Bayou Corne or wish to leave, they deserve the assistance necessary to undo the impacts to their home.
The letter is available here: