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New plan in place for sinkhole

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BAYOU CORNE - It's been two years since a sinkhole disrupted the lives of people living in Bayou Corne, and some of those residents hope Texas Brine will be allowed to continue with a plan to fix the damage.

Many people left the area after the sinkhole formed, and Texas Brine forked over millions of dollars to buy them out of their properties and mortgages. Not everyone left, though, and the ones who stayed tell News 2 they're pleased to still live in a place they call "their paradise."

Only about a dozen families still live in the community, but they say in the past two years they haven't had many problems. They were initially concerned that gas leaks from the swamp could cause environmental problems, but those worries have since dissipated.

Now, Texas Brine wants to get permission to keep pumping wastewater from their vent wells into the sinkhole. While some involved in the cleanup aren't pleased with the idea, residents of Bayou Corne say they don't have a problem with it.

"The people who should have the most objection about it are those of us who are staying, and to my knowledge, nobody who's staying has any problem with that water being injected or put back into the sinkhole," said resident Dennis Landry.

Texas Brine is already pumping wastewater from the vent wells into the sinkhole, using a one-year general permit form. They're seeking to formalize that permit for five years, something the state Department of Environmental Quality will have to approve.



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