St. Landry

Sep 6, 2013 7:36 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Foamy Water Raises Concern

A foamy water situation in St. Landry Parish has Lawtell residents concerned, and wondering what is in the water. They're questioning if the chemicals that spilled during last month's train derailment have anything to do with it.

Early Friday morning, the enormous suds almost 4 feet high grabbed the attention of Allen Guillory.

"It's obvious there's some chemicals in the ditch. So my problem is, you know, what affect is that going to have with our kids or the people in our community? Or even our animals that drink out of here?" Lawtell resident Allen Guillory said.

But according to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality the foams are a natural occurrence, and the water is not a threat.

"Some of the rice farmers in the area have been draining their field, and as a result foam was forming as the water was cascading out of the culvert," Tim Beckstrom, who works at the Department of Environmental Quality, said.

"There are chemicals used in rice farming, and that may contribute to some of the foaming as well. But it certainly has, it's an approved chemical, it has no environmental impact adversely with regard to human life or livestock or nature itself," St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot said.

He and D.E.Q. adds, that the train derailment was downstream, and the two instances aren't related. Allen Guillory says still, he'd like more information about the chemical clean up process.

"We need to know what's going on. You know, we live here," Guillory said.

 

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