On June 21st, the bill that would prevent the issuance of any drilling permits for salt dome expansion at Lake Peigneur until January 2016 will become law; with or without Gov. Bobby Jindal's signature.
Though he does have the power to veto the bill.
"I would be shocked if he vetoed it...I think he's just showing it's not that important to sign," said Nora Crowley, a member of Save Lake Peigneur.
Save Lake Peigneur is a grass roots group who fought for the bill that State Sen. Fred Mills authored this past legislative session.
"He's kind of methodically going through each bill. So, I'm anticipating now and between those four days he should sign it," said Sen. Mills.
According to the bill, before any drilling is permitted residents are looking for an environmental impact report on the integrity of the salt dome as well as analysis and monitoring of groundwater in the area. Finally, they're looking for answers to that mysterious and notorious bubbling on the surface of the lake.
"As soon as it goes into law...we'll be in touch with the company and we'll immediately start moving forward on our plans," said Crowley.
Plans may include nixing permits for any more salt dome caverns under Lake Peigneur. Especially since the 2012 sink hole debacle at Bayou Corne that forced the evacuation of over a hundred homes and still shows no signs of coming to an end.
"Everybody wants to make sure in this issue we take our time and we get it done right," said Mills.
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