The Vermilion Parish Police Jury agreed Monday to write a letter of support in favor of Parish residents trying to stop a saltwater injection well to be built in Gueydan. It is the second such letter the Jury has approved in so many months.
Parish Administrator Chris Theriot read a letter from Charlene Jannise of Ellis Bridge Road to the Jury. She was scheduled to appear with Wilma Subra, a New Iberia chemist and environmental consultant.
Subra is also working with a group of Franklin-area residents who are questioning the environmental effects of Henry Gas Storage’s plan of constructing a natural gas storage facility in St. Mary Parish.
Jannise’s letter explained the well, which is scheduled to operate in the Gueydan Canal Field, is very close to the residents.
The letter stated that the well has already been approved by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources without any input from the Police Jury.
Police Juror Leon Broussard (District 14) also spoke out against the injection well, stating that previous underground activities in the area could quite possibly be the cause of a high percentage of cancer cases in the are.
The jury agreed Monday to write a letter to the state Department of Conservation objecting to the fact the Jury never had a
say in the well being permitted.
“I am making this request despite the permit approval, as it may make a huge difference in our area in the future,” Jannise said in the letter. “It is of the utmost importance that this be supported as a Vermilion issue.”