Acadia

Jul 3, 2012 7:24 PM by Erin Steuber

Acadia Parish residents oppose oil waste facility

Tonight, the Acadia Parish Police Jury will decide whether to oppose a well- injection-waste-facility planned in Rayne.Oppponents say they don't want oilfield waste to be dumped in their parish. But one resident is already busy rallying the troops. Resident Judd Gautreaux is placing signs around the parish, asking residents to join in opposition against the project.
"We just want our voices heard, and we want to try and see if we can buy ourselves a little more time to where we can talk to these people who want to come in here and do this," said Gautreaux.
The facility will be located in the 5800 block of Church Point Highway. Gautreaux says citizens across the parish are namely worried about water contamination, but also have other concerns.
"A lot of farmers that plant rice and raise crawfish, they have legitimate concerns," said Gautreaux. "As well, if they were to be pumping water on their crops would it be tainted."
Last night the Acadia Parish School Board unanimously voted against the construction of the well-injection waste facility.
"We are totally against anything that will endanger our children, the livelihood of our people and the livelihood of anything in acadia parish, including the production the Ag side of it," said School Board President Gene Daigle.
Gautreaux is pushing for people to show up at an upcoming meeting.
"That's the whole purpose of putting these signs out," said Gautreaux. "To have the citizens be able to voice their concerns and voice opposition and to get as many people aware and to go to this meeting as possible."
We reached out to LA Tank, LLC who is behind the project. Our calls weren't returned. A public hearing will be held July 12 at 6 PM at the Rayne Civic Center.

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