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St. Landry council urges denial of frack wastewater permit

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The St. Landry Parish Council is asking that the state deny a permit for a frack water disposal well in the parish.

The council voted Wednesday night to formally urge the state Office of Conservation to deny the permit, which is requested along LA 182 near Beggs. The council's vote came in response to requests from residents near the proposed site.

People living near the proposed site say they're concerned the chemicals used at the well would contaminate their water supply and the agricultural land near surrounding it, including land that's used for grazing cattle.

They're also concerned that the nearly four decades of operation proposed for the site would destroy their quality of life, asserting that trucks transporting the substance each day would destroy their roads and turn their residential area into a loud, industrial site.

The company seeking the permit, Eagle Oil, says the well would receive frack wastewater from areas outside of the parish, including areas in other states. They have so far declined to comment on the residents' concerns.

Eagle Oil is early on in the permitting process. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is still reviewing it for completeness. Should all of the permits necessary elements be obtained and approved, DNR will then start the public feedback process.

To download a copy of the company's permit application to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, click here. (PDF; 160 MB)

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