Feb 20, 2013 2:53 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Lake Peigneur hearing tonight

Residents opposing AGL Resources from expanding natural gas storage at Lake Peigneur will attend a Department of Natural Resources hearing tonight. They have fought the expansion for years saying they fear building underground caverns to store natural gas would contaminate the Chicot Aquifer. Also, they're concerned Lake Peigneur could become a sinkhole like the one at Bayou Corne in Assumption Parish that has forced people in about 150 homes to evacuate since August. The partial collapse of an underground cavern is believed to have caused the sinkhole.

Residents calim the lake has bubbled in the past and captured pictures of it bubbling again Wednesday afternoon.

In December, AGL Resources told KATC, "We continue to remain committed to this expansion of a safe project that has been in operation for more than 15 years. We have met with local residents and elected officials and remain open to any opportunities to meet with members of the Iberia Parish Council," AGL Public Relations Specialist Kyle Bauer said.

The meeting tonight is at 6 at Willow Wood Park Building at 113 Willow Wood Drive in New Iberia.



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