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State shuffling dollars to pay for sinkhole

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago October 09, 2013 Oct 9, 2013 Wednesday, October 09 2013 October 09, 2013 6:29 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Natural Resources borrowed $8 million from the state treasury to meet the day-to-day expenses of Bayou Corne.

Now, that money is almost gone.

DNR's biggest expense is paying CB&I to help with the science behind a 25-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

The agency is also spending money on supplies, travel and personnel. DNR's expenditures on Sept. 18, roughly two months after Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols signed the request for a seed of federal funds, already clocked in at $7.4 million.

The Jindal administration banks on recouping the money through litigation against Texas Brine Co. To date, the state's sinkhole-related expenses are approaching $10 million.

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