BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered a review of permits issued to Texas Brine, the operator of a collapsed salt dome in Assumption Parish that authorities say caused a 15-acre sinkhole.
Jindal announced the order Monday, saying Texas Brine has been slow to respond to residents seeking buyouts or other settlements.
The review would determine whether Texas Brine's permits should be "modified, revoked and reissued or terminated," according to a statement from Jindal's office.
The sinkhole, discovered in August, is in the Bayou Corne area about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge. It has prompted a precautionary evacuation order for 150 homes.
Texas Brine issued a statement saying the company wanted to begin making settlement offers 10 days ago, but doesn't yet have approval from its insurance carriers to do so.