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Mar 8, 2014 10:07 PM by Kari Beal

Water rally at Capitol Gets Residents Thinking about the Future

Thousands gathered today to rally for clean water as new bills are proposed to the Louisiana legislature. The event title a "Water Festival" covered topics on hydraulic fracturing, pollution, oil, and deteriorating coastal lines. Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, the main coordinator of the event, stressed the importance of protecting the state from future disaster.

"We have to have strong laws that ensure they protect our water and that they clean up after themselves. We have over 6,000 abandoned oil wells in Louisiana," said Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré

In addition to cleaning up oil wells, residents are pushing for a bill that would request more studies on gas storage for an area close to home, Lake Peigneur.

"This is a need for new data as to what is causing the bubbling in the lake and that is very important before we determine to use the lake to create storage caverns," Nara Crowley, President of Save Lake Peigneur said.

The main concern is these salt domes will collapse.

"If they destroy a salt dome that will be the second time we have a salt dome destroyed there. The first time was Jefferson Island,' Honoré said.

Honoré said the ultimate goal of the water festival was to voice their right to clean air, clean water and clean food.

Residents at the rally also hope these new bills will lessen the aquifers gas companies can use.

As for the bill on Lake Peigneur, Senator Fred Mills is proposing that bill. If passed, the bill would prevent salt cavern owners from operating in Iberia and Vermilion parishes until more studies are done. These bills will be up for debate this week.

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