Title: Residents, local leaders say Texas Brine is not communicating
Author: Cheryl Mercedes
Date: Sept 26, 2012
Some Louisiana and Assumption Parish leaders are furious over what they perceive as a communication breakdown related to the massive sinkhole.
The latest findings on the slurry in Bayou Corne were sent to news media just after 10:30 p.m. Monday
The smell of gas and soot cover the swampy channels in Assumption Parish.
John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, said he did not find out [that Texas Brine claimed the salt cavern collapse was caused by seismic activity] until Tuesday morning.
“It was very surprising to find that they sent a press release without informing us first,” Boudreaux said.
Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch: “We post these statements on the website, literally every day.”
Yet, no press release was posted on their website until some time long after 10:30p CDT, when the company’s statements “were sent to news media”.
Our report on this breaking news was published around 12:30a CDT (1:30a EDT) late Monday evening, and did not include a press release from Texas Brine, because no press release was available on their website as of that time.
Published: September 26th, 2012 at 10:03 am ET