HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish officials are preparing state legislation that aims to give communities more authority over where oil waste disposal wells can be built within their communities.
The Courier the action follows a state Supreme Court decision earlier this month that cleared the way for Vanguard Environmental of Houma to construct such a well close to a neighborhood. The company's position, upheld by the courts, is that a state law requiring a 500-foot buffer around such sites should take precedence over a local ordinance that requires a one-mile buffer zone.
State Rep. Gordon Dove, of Houma, said he supports legislation to allow local governments control over oil waste disposal sites. Dove is chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which votes on laws related to oil and gas production and environmental standards.