Jun 23, 2011 9:30 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
HOUMA, La. (AP) - A company seeking to dispose oilfield waste fluids in an underground well is suing Terrebonne Parish following a decision to keep the well out of north Houma.
Vanguard Environmental is asking an East Baton Rouge Parish judge to decide whether the parish can enforce its law that prohibits waste sites within one mile of any homes, schools or businesses. State rules only require a 500-foot buffer between a waste well and the nearest inhabited building.
The Courier reported on Thursday that the Terrebonne Parish Council unanimously agreed not change its law to allow the well to be drilled next to Vanguard Vacuum Trucks' yard.
The state, however, approved the company's application for a permit to drill the well. The well would house mostly concentrated saltwater, a byproduct of oil production.