State suing Texas Brine over sinkhole damage
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's office announced Friday that the Attorney General's Office is suing Texas Brine LLC for environmental damage caused by the Assumption Parish sinkhole.
Jindal said the suit was filed on behalf of the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Quality, and other responding state agencies.
"Louisiana has expended significant financial resources to help the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities receive the assistance and protection they need," said Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. "We are pursuing this lawsuit to hold the appropriate parties responsible for this tragic event."
The sinkhole appeared a year ago above a salt dome operated by Texas Brine, and has since grown to 24 acres in size. An evacuation order was put into place for the nearby community of Bayou Corne, and this March the state ordered Texas Brine to move forward with buyouts for evacuated homeowners.
"By filing suit, we are staying committed to holding Texas Brine accountable for the damage they've caused to Bayou Corne and to Louisiana," Jindal said. "We have already pushed for buyouts for affected residents and are undertaking a thorough review of all of Texas Brine's permits in our state. This suit is just the next step in making sure Texas Brine does the right thing and properly addresses the mess it's caused."
Saturday will mark the one-year point of the sinkhole's appearance.