State bills Texas Brine $3.5M for sinkhole costs
BATON ROUGE - The state has sent a $3.5 million bill to the Texas company it blames for a massive sinkhole that has swallowed more than 5 acres of land in Assumption Parish and contaminated an aquifer.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell sent a letter this week to lawyers for Texas Brine demanding payment, saying it's the tally so far of state response efforts to the sinkhole.
Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch says the company hasn't received a detailed accounting of the costs included in the $3.5 million and will request an explanation of the costs before addressing "the issue of payment in the appropriate manner."
State officials have been testing, monitoring and trying to determine what caused the sinkhole and what threat it poses since the sinkhole opened in August.