Texas Brine wants to stop paying Bayou Corne residents
BAYOU CORNE - Texas Brine Co. is asking the Louisiana Office of Conservation to allow it to stop $875 evacuation assistance checks the company pays weekly to a few remaining residents and property owners in Bayou Corne.
The Houston-based company has been making the payments at a total cost of nearly $12 million since Aug. 17, 2012, two weeks after the sinkhole appeared near the Bayou Corne community in Assumption Parish and forced a mandatory evacuation order still largely in place.
Texas Brine attorney Troy Charpentier said the company recently made its case in a hearing before state Department of Natural Resources.
The Office of Conservation is currently evaluating the request and has 30 days from the Jan. 28 hearing to make a decision.