Public discussion planned about sinkhole
BAYOU CORNE- A special group will meet Friday to discuss public safety concerns around the growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
The Blue Ribbon Commission on Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Public Safety will meet on April 5th at the LSU Energy, Coast and Environment Building in the Woods Auditorium. The meeting is open to the public.
The state created the group to oversee the long-term safety of the area and develop criteria to measure progress achieving safety goals.
The group plans to address specific issues: levels of shallow gas in the aquifer, the current and future stability on the western side of Napoleonville Salt Dome, and the management and containment of the sinkhole coupled with the determination of potential void spaces below the sinkhole.
"In this first meeting, we will be making sure that the scientists we have gathered from across the country and other countries have the information they need to understand the technical issues, the concerns of the public and local officials, and the importance of their task," Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz said.
The meeting is open to the public and is set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
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