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Residents oppose proposed frack wastewater well in St. Landry Parish

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The St. Landry Parish Government has given residents who are against a proposed hydrofracking wastewater injection well a better chance to voice their dissent and potentially stop its construction.

The company, Eagle Oil L.L.C., has submitted an application to the Department of Natural Resources to build a frack wastewater well near a rural neighborhood in the parish. 

The proposed 10-acre site is just north of the St. Landry Parish landfill on LA 182. The site is near several homes where families have lived for generations. 

Frack wastewater will be transported from as far as Mississippi and Texas to be stored in the well

Environmental consultants note that there are hundreds of dangerous chemicals in the frack wastewater, and many of them are known to be carcinogenic, or cancer-causing. 

The well meets the required one-quarter mile distance from any currently registered wells, but environmental consultants say it is within two miles of other wells that may be impacted if the frack wastewater seeps. 

Council Member Harold Taylor says that in addition to the environmental health concerns, he's concerned about the more than 100 trucks that will be carrying the frack wastewater to the well every day.

The fracking wastewater will be transported to the well from as far as Texas to Mississippi, and environmental consultants say it will threaten to further contaminate Louisiana's sole drinking water source, the Chicot Aquifer, with the carcinogenic liquid. 

On Tuesday night's meeting, the Administration Finance Committee passed a motion to send an opposition resolution to the full council.

"This resolution right now is being considered by the Finance Committee, and then it will go to the entire council. And, it's very important that the council support the citizen's opposition to this proposed injection well. It shows that the community has a voice about what's going on in their area and that that council supports their voice," explained Louisiana Environmental Action Network legal advisor Wilma Subra.

Eagle Oil declined to comment. 

Council Members say a public hearing on the project will occur in March. 


 

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