State bills Texas Brine $3.5M for sinkhole costs - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

State bills Texas Brine $3.5M for sinkhole costs

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state sent a $3.5 million bill this week to the Texas company it blames for a massive sinkhole that has swallowed more than 5 acres of land in Assumption Parish and contaminated an aquifer.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell demanded payment from Texas Brine Co. LLC, saying it's the tally so far of state response efforts to the sinkhole from six different agencies. The letter also names Occidental Chemical Co., from whom Texas Brine leased the site.

"The state reserves its right to submit additional demands for response costs incurred as a result of this incident, as well as any fines, penalties, fees or other costs authorized or allowed under state and federal law," Caldwell wrote Thursday.

Caldwell said a lawsuit could be filed against the companies if payment isn't made.

The attorney general's letter doesn't provide a line-by-line invoice or breakdown of the expenses incurred by the state.

"We have not received any detailed accounting of the costs incurred, but we will request an accounting of those costs and when we receive it, we will address the issue of payment in the appropriate manner," Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch said Friday.

State officials have been testing, monitoring and trying to determine what caused the sinkhole and what threat it poses since the sinkhole opened in August near a community along Bayou Corne, a sparsely populated area of swampland about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge.

A voluntary evacuation order to about 350 people living in the area remains in effect.

The state says data shows the sinkhole is linked to the collapse of a side wall of an underground salt cavern that Houston-based Texas Brine operated. The company extracted brine and piped it to nearby petrochemical facilities.

The company has acknowledged a relationship between the sinkhole and the breached cavern, but has suggested geologic tremors in the area may have caused the cavern breach.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

    Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:13 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:13:24 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:13 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:13:24 GMT

    The suspect in the beatings faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and lewd acts with a child under 14.

    more>>

    The suspect in the beatings faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and lewd acts with a child under 14.

    more>>
  • 1 killed, 6 shot at Antioch church

    1 killed, 6 shot at Antioch church

    Sunday, September 24 2017 1:14 PM EDT2017-09-24 17:14:40 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 6:22 PM EDT2017-09-24 22:22:04 GMT

    Metro Police have identified the shooter at an Antioch church who killed one person in the parking lot and wounded six others inside the building's sanctuary.

    more>>

    Metro Police have identified the shooter at an Antioch church who killed one person in the parking lot and wounded six others inside the building's sanctuary.

    more>>
  • Auburn student's post, selfies with rape suspect go viral

    Auburn student's post, selfies with rape suspect go viral

    Saturday, September 23 2017 10:47 AM EDT2017-09-23 14:47:04 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    As shocking new details emerged this week in the rape of an Auburn University student on a bus, many immediately recognized one of the suspects named in the case.

    more>>

    As shocking new details emerged this week in the rape of an Auburn University student on a bus, many immediately recognized one of the suspects named in the case.

    more>>
Powered by Frankly