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La. House members pass bills regulating salt mines

4 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago May 02, 2013 May 2, 2013 Thursday, May 02 2013 May 02, 2013 11:30 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Two measures aimed at regulating the operations of salt domes were approved unanimously by the Louisiana House, in response to a 15-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

The measures by Pierre Part Rep. Karen St. Germain and Port Allen Sen. Rick Ward would require stricter guidelines for monitoring and assessing areas around salt domes.

Among other things, one measure would call for surveying salt dome formations every five years. The other bill would require legal notification of the location of underground caverns to prospective property owners.

A massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish that opened up in August has forced the evacuation of 150 homes near Bayou Corne.

The proposals, approved Thursday, head next to the Senate for debate.

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