Iberia

Dec 19, 2012 6:43 PM by Chris Welty

Battle Continues to Save Lake Peigneur

The Iberia Parish Council is considering a resolution right now to stop AGL Resources from expanding natural gas storage at Lake Peigneur.

The lake borders Iberia and Vermilion Parishes. Recently, the Vermilion Parish Police Jury passed a similar resolution opposing the company's plans to build underground caverns to store natural gas. Several years ago, concerned residents formed a watchdog group, Save Lake Peigneur.

When looking at the lake, you can't help but feel at peace hearing the water gently crash against the banks. A group of residents fear they'll lose their tranquil place.

"It's always been stated this is a done deal." For eight years, Nara Crowley and members of Save Lake Peigneur have fought AGL Resources to stop any expansion of natural gas storage caverns under the lake. They want AGL to pay for an environmental impact statement but Crowley says the company refuses. Another concern, what is causing the lake to bubble.

"We fear for our aquifer is being contaminated and the lack of knowledge of what's causing the bubbling. We are begging the state to stop this permit."

Crowley also is concerned Lake Peigneur could become the sinkhole situation in Assumption Parish.

"The company has stated there is no similarities, but they are completely wrong. They've already had contamination of their aquifer long before this. They've already had natural gas leakage into their drinking water."

Save Lake Peigneur hopes the council signs off on wanting to stop AGL Resources from expanding.

"It's not that we're against energy, we're against what is happening and it should be done right," said Crowley.

AGL Resources released this statement to KATC: "We continue to remain committed to this expansion of a safe project that has been in operation for more than 15 years. We have met with local residents and elected officials and remain open to any opportunities to meet with members of the iberia parish council," said AGL Public Relations Specialist, Kyle Bauer.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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