DEQ, DNR give lawmakers a flood impact report
BATON ROUGE- State environmental agencies say oil and gas facilities were notified and prepared for the Mississippi River flooding, despite reports of some chemical storage facilities being threatened by the rising water.
Members of the Department of Natural Resources and Dept. of Environmental Quality said the opening of the Morganza and Bonne Carre Spillways resulted in only minor problems. Ten barrels spilled at a site south of Butte La Rose, while another two barrels spilled in the southern Atchafalaya Basin.
Members of a Senate panel had raised concerns about chemicals in the flood water. Senator A.G Crowe, R-Slidell, says the chemicals could leave problems behind once the water dries. DEQ officials say monitoring will include soil sampling and analysis to make sure that doesn't happen.