SB200 denied at the mercy of Lake Peigneur residents; AGL Resources in favor

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Bill requiring 5 years of rest at Lake Peigneur because of recent unexplained bubbling in the lake

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 4:43pm

The residents of Lake Peigneur are fired up as ever after the bill, SB200, to stop the permitting process of AGL Resources in Lake Peignuer was denied by a mere two votes last night.  AGL Resources began their quest to create additional caverns in Lake Peigneur eight years ago, and with recent unexplained bubbling happening in the lake, citizens are concerned.

"We have Bayou Corne that is already a nightmare, and it continues since last August.  We're just a nightmare waiting to happen.  Why would they ignore that?  Why don't they just do the right thing, and do an environmental impact statement," says Nara Crowley, President of Save Lake Peigneur, Inc. Board of Directors.

Today AGL Resources commented on the outcome of the vote. 

"We believe very strongly that the SB200 legislation was an unfair attempt to deny AGL Resources the right to regulatory due process.  While we're pleased that the bill was defeated, we are disappointed that our most recent proposal to temporarily cease activities related to our planned storage cavern project was rejected by other parties.  We are committed to expanding our Jefferson Island storage operations, and will continue to work with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to address environmental concerns about our project," says a spokesperson from AGL Resources.

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