|Figure 1. Attorney Bill Goodell pictured
here at an earlier meeting in 2017.
"Recently discovered reports in LDEQ public records require amendment of the existing petitions to formally incorporate newly discovered facts. ... October 1993 Chicot Aquifer testing done by Union Pacific’s own environmental experts ARCADIS Geraghty and Miller and filed with LDEQ on January 12, 1994 proves that hazardous/toxic benzene has leaked from the Facility into the Chicot Aquifer and fouled the City of Lafayette’s drinking water source in violation of a slew of state environmental laws and prohibitions. Union Pacific should have but did not discuss this benzene in the Chicot with the LDEQ,"
- Daily Advertiser by Claire Taylor, Attorney: Test shows benzene in aquifer, not in LUS water
- KADN by Alex Worstell, Salvation Army Vs Union Pacific Update
We need to begin planning now for remediation of the contaminated aquifer and require the responsible party to pay for this cleanup. We need testing to determine the extent of contamination. Why would our city/parish officials oppose this?
Over a year ago, the Sierra Club and Water Mark Alliance sent a letter to our elected parish leaders expressing concern about the railyard and asking that ten specific actions be taken. To date, these citizens have not even received the courtesy of an acknowledgement. Why are our government's elected officials stonewalling the public's call for action?
|Figure 2. The abandoned railyard is designated here by shading. LUS's
drinking water wells are a few blocks beyond this map's northern border.