Natural resources committee chair promises further investigation
Louisiana lawmakers spent nearly four hours at the state Capitol Tuesday hearing testimony regarding the giant sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
Rep. Karen St. Germain, whose district includes the sinkhole, read letters into the record from residents who've been displaced as a result of the sinkhole since August of last year.
"This event not only tore up families, it tore up communities," St. Germain said.
Scientist Dr. Gary Hecox said this particular collapse is unusual because "this was a sidewall collapse, not a roof collapse. Going through the literature, we have not been able to find another instance where the sidewall collapsed."
Officials from Assumption Parish, the Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Texas Brine presented their views.
Sen. Gerald Long, who chairs natural resources, said his committee will investigate the matter further.