Texas Brine offers settlements for sinkhole

Texas Brine offers settlements for sinkhole

Texas Brine offers settlements for sinkhole

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Associated Press

Posted on May 25, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 7:39 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Texas Brine says it has started extending settlement offers to Assumption Parish residents who have been under an evacuation order since August because of a 15-acre sinkhole.

The company operated a collapsed salt dome that authorities say caused the sinkhole.

Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch says 23 settlement offers were ready and officials were contacting those residents Friday afternoon and Saturday.

News of settlement offers comes just days after Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to review the company's permits with the possibility of revocation — because of the company's slow response to residents seeking buyouts.

Company officials blamed the delay on their insurance carriers.

The sinkhole is located about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge. About 350 area residents have been under an evacuation order since August.

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