Jeff Davis

Jan 6, 2012 11:15 AM by Lauren Wilson

DEQ investigates illegal dumping in Jeff Davis

Illegal dumping is being investigated in Jefferson Davis Parish by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's Criminal Investigation Division and Emergency Response division.

Around January 3rd or 4th, five 55-gallon drums of used motor oil and off-road diesel were allegedly thrown into a ditch on the west side of Lyons Road near East Grand Marais Ditch. Two of the drums were supposedly dumped into the East Grand Marais ditch and about six five-gallon buckets of an unknown oily substance were also dumped.

The dumping can impact a number of nearby waterways as well as a number of crawfish farmers who depend on East Grand Marias ditch for irrigation water. The water from the ditch flows into Bayou Chene. The DEQ says dumping oil or any other substance into bayous, ditches, lakes or storm drains negatively impacts the waters of the state.

The Jefferson Davis Parish Public Works Department is working to contain the oil.

"This is a senseless crime because there are avenues to dispose of the oil that are not costly and that are not detrimental to the environment," said CID Supervisor Ryan Brignac. "DEQ's Criminal Investigations Division has full authority to arrest violators on felony charges. Criminal acts such as illegal dumping will not be tolerated."



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