Acadiana Group of the Sierra Club starts petition over I-49 connector project

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – The future I-49 connector is under scrutiny again.

The Acadiana Group of the Sierra Club has started a petition to get signatures of those against the connector’s proposed route.

They say that route puts the Chicot Aquifer, the state’s main source of drinking water, at risk.

The Old Union Pacific Rail yard between Louisiana Avenue and Sixth Street is one of the biggest concerns of the Sierra Club.

It’s about 40 acres of contaminated land that the connector would be built on.

Environmental lawyer William Goodell says the digging and installation of the pier columns could lead to a migration of the contaminants in the aquifer.

Sierra Club member say nearly 70 people signed their petition at Tuesday’s meeting.

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