Bayou Corne in national spotlight, residents approve

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 11:33am

People living in Bayou Corne are celebrating, because the story of their struggles since the massive sinkhole formed near their homes is gaining national attention. They hope the coverage will help get more people to put pressure on Texas Brine.

"11 months finally somebody else is hearing us," Kenny Simoneaux, Bayou Corne resident said. "The country needs to know about what's happening."

"I feel relieved to some aspect, but in lot of ways we were wondering what took so long," Carla Alleman, Bayou Corne resident, explained. "I don't believe that citizens all over this country would allow a community to be treated the way we've been treated by Texas Brine, and they wouldn't come to our aid in some way. "

People living Bayou Corne say Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honore is the reason the community is getting into the headlines.

"(He brings) a well-known name. He is a respected member of our country," Simoneaux said.

Right now the sinkhole sits at 22 acres in size, which is 22 times larger than Simoneaux's property.

He says the sinkhole isn't the community's biggest problem.

"It's not safe here," Simoneaux said. "The gasses are flowing constantly. Some of us have spent a lot of time in the chemical industry, and we realize it's not as safe as your telling us."

Property owners say they are willing to do what ever it takes to get their voices heard outside of Louisiana.

"More people need to pay attention, and we need people who can actually make Texas Brine do something," Alleman said. "Because, evidently our state and our governor can not."

"It's going on and on. It appears there is no end to it. I just hope that I live long enough to see this come to an end," Simoneaux said.

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