The battle has been waged for 16 years. The fight — initially over locating a construction and demolition debris landfill on the border of St. Martin and Iberia parishes, lately opposing the expansion of Gordon’s Disposal from 14 to 64 acres — spawned enough paper from lawsuits to fill a waste pit, pitted a state senator against his own parish government and district attorney's office, and bound together People Against Waste, a local environmental group, for well over a decade.
Friday, the state’s Department of Environmental Quality issued a denial of the permit for Gordon Doerle to expand his landfill, potentially shutting down the 14-acre site and nearly full pit. The denial was largely based on opposition from the Federal Aviation Administration, which had serious concerns that the landfill was endangering air traffic at the Acadiana Regional Airport. The airport’s runway is less than 500 feet from the facility. Attracting birds is a hazard of landfills; the FAA’s concern was due to the possibility of bird strikes as planes approached or took off from the runway.
Doerle has indicated in the past that if he is denied a permit, he will file suit. He could not be reached for comment Monday morning.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.