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Public hearing for new salt dome regulations

3 years 1 week 2 days ago November 26, 2013 Nov 26, 2013 Tuesday, November 26 2013 November 26, 2013 4:32 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Adrian Pittman

BATON ROUGE - Changes are coming to the way salt domes are regulated, but the state wants feedback before the regulations go into effect.

To make sure communities are safe, the state is proposing stricter regulations to help regulate salt domes like the one in Bayou Corne which collapsed and formed a giant sinkhole.

Tuesday morning, the Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing to get feedback from residents and community leaders about the proposed regulations. They're also asking for public comments for the next couple of weeks.

"I think that it's the beginning of showing the people of Louisiana that DNR is there to protect and support them," said Nick Romero, who attended the meeting.

Residents and community leaders packed the LaSalle Room in the LaSalle Building in Baton Rouge to voice their concerns and desires about the proposed regulations.

General Russell Honore' is an environmental activist who got involved after Bayou Corne wasn't getting the help it needed after the sinkhole. He wants to see more transparency and better security on the domes.

"I think the people of Louisiana are coming to a realization that we like these companies here, but we got to get control of them," he said. "It's like having people over for Thanksgiving and them trashing your house."

New regulations could take effect as early as January. Written comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at the following addresses:

Office of Conservation
P.O. Box 94275
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9725

Office of Conservation
617 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

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