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Apr 6, 2014 1:04 PM by AP

Terrebonne fights plan for wastewater well

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish has asked state officials to hold a public hearing on a proposed wastewater injection well planned near a Houma neighborhood.

Transport company Vanguard Environmental has obtained necessary approvals to begin building the facility, which would inject oilfield waste thousands of feet below ground.

The Courier reports the parish last year lost a legal battle to block the facility after a court ruled a local ordinance banning hazardous waste facilities in proximity to neighborhoods does not apply to oilfield waste.

Parish President Michel Claudet says the parish is pursuing other action.

The Parish Council has approved hiring two environmental law specialists to aid in the effort.

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