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Dec 18, 2012 8:26 AM by AP

La. levies more fines against Texas Brine

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Office of Conservation has levied an additional $160,000 fine against Texas Brine Co. LLC.

Commissioner James Welsh says the fine levied Monday is for continued failure to comply with his directives for an 8-acre sinkhole and oil and methane releases in northern Assumption Parish.

Welsh fined the Houston company $80,000 for failing to install a containment system around the brine-filled, oil-tinged sinkhole near Bayou Corne, and another $80,000 for failing to install in-home methane monitors and home ventilation systems in slab foundation structures in the area.

The new fines come in addition to $100,000 in fines Welsh issued on Dec. 1.

The sinkhole is located between the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities south of La. Highway 70.

Photo courtesy of Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

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