Bayou Corne evacuation order could last for years

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 9:00am

People living in Bayou Corne received the news they never wanted to hear. It could be several years before they can go back home scientists explained at a community meeting. Tuesday there are still a lot of questions. Residents say they are tired of never hearing answers.

"We have never once come to these meetings and heard anything positive," Carla Alleman, Bayou Corne resident, said.

Scientist Don Marlin with the state Office of Conservation gave his take on the seismic data collected from Bayou Corne. He said the data showed two probable and three possible sources of gas on the western side of the salt dome. The probable gas sources contain 60 million cubic feet of gas.

Gary Hecox, with CB&I, scientists don’t have a clear timeline for how long it will take to get rid of all the gas. The big issues is trying to figure out what’s the best way to get the gas out of the ground.

“It's always they don't know they are working on it. they are asking really good questions and they don't have the answers,” Alleman remarked.

John Boudreaux with the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness estimates it could take three to five more years to get rid of the gas.

People living in Bayou Corne were outraged by the news.

“When you are a young child a year seems like a long time. When you get to be an adult a year is not that long that you have left to live. Three to five years is a long time to us,” Alleman said. “I don't understand rock formations I don't understand millions of cubic feet of gas that doesn't mean anything to me. What means something to me and what I understand is that we are out of our homes.”

In the end people living in Bayou Corne say they just want Texas Brine to step up, so residents can move on.

“They have taken away a year of my life and my American dream,” Jim Parks, Bayou Corne resident, said. “This is no fault of ours that this has taken place.”

“If Texas Brine had any human feelings for the people that live around there they would get us out,” Pat Parks said. “Get us out quickly before they have some serious accident.”


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