These accidents serve as a sober reminder that I ' along with my 12 neighboring family members, as well as the 5,000 surrounding residents of Lake Peigneur in Erath, Delcambre and New Iberia ' am living on a sleeping giant. Under Lake Peigneur's waters, two large cavities in the salt dome can store 9.4 billion (yes, billion) cubic feet of natural gas. The gas is pressurized at up to 2,700 pounds of pressure per square inch. To put that in perspective, a typical car tire can hold 32 pounds of pressure per square inch.
The gas stored under Lake Peigneur is not there to serve you or me, nor is it a national strategic reserve. It is a commercial facility that yields lucrative profits for Georgia-based utility company AGL Resources Inc. If the billions of cubic feet of gas isn't enough to leave us laying wide-eyed at night, AGL is actively trying to influence our state government to approve the creation of more salt caverns to double the amount of gas they can store.
And by the way, AGL intends on wasting 7 billion (there's the billion again) gallons of our drinking water for their project. As the country watches the legal battle over drinking water in Georgia, AGL has no problem wasting Louisiana's water for its profits.
Gas explosions can occur anywhere, at any time, due to a number of causes. My biggest fear is my fate and the fate of my family and neighbors should something go wrong at Lake Peigneur. I also fear that people will only become aware of the ever-present danger after a catastrophe occurs and say, "Why wasn't anything done to prevent this?" You can join our cause by signing up at www.savelakepeigneur.org.
If you want to see an 800-pound gorilla you don't have to go the zoo. We've got two of them in Lake Peigneur.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.
Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015.
A New Orleans levee board wants to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for decades of damage to our state’s coastline, but the Legislature may be poised to put the kibosh on the suit.
New standards curb elective induction
CVS stops tobacco sales
If an Acadia Parish fiddler misses a note while swatting a fly, will a St. Martinville accordionist learn “Ma ‘Tite Fille”?
(It's good, it's bad and it's just crazy)