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Feb 6, 2011 1:17 PM by Chris Welty

Oilfield Waste Site in Houma?

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish councilman Johnny Pizzolatto
has proposed allowing the underground disposal of oilfield waste in
north Houma.
Pizzolatto tells The Courier that his proposal would exclude
"saltwater injection wells and the disposal of brine" from the
list of waste-disposal or storage facilities that must be at least
one mile from any homes, apartments or businesses in the local
hazardous waste.
Vanguard Environmental is seeking a permit to install injection
wells onsite.
Vanguard transports drilling and oil-field production fluids,
disposes of waste and assists in cleanup of spills, according to
its website.
The disposal of brine, used in oil and natural gas extraction,
would still have to follow state law, which call for injection
wells to be at least 500 feet from inhabited homes or businesses.

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