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I apologize for my absence as of late but I have been working on a lot of issues.  I think AZ would be better served by my efforts if I publish less with bigger stories than if I simply spout out smart-ass quips on a daily basis.

One story I am covering for LEAN is the development of the massive sinkhole that has formed in Ascension Parish over a salt dome owned by the The Texas Brine Company.

Bayou Corne Sinkhole videos

I had the opportunity to spend the day with 4 residents of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou, the communities directly affected by the sinkhole, and the story they tell is heartbreaking.  The chemical industry in their community has been allowed to run amok and has essentially destroyed Grand Bayou and is now on the verge of destroying Bayou Corne.

As Louisianans, I think this interview is worth your time to watch.  While the RNC is calling for the elimination of the EPA on a national level, this is a perfect snapshot of what happens when industries are allowed to run unregulated and unmonitored.  Without the EPA, we would all most likely be dead or mentally retarded from lead poisoning right now....to call for it's elimination is insanity.  

Please take a moment to listen to Randy, Shelley, Gina and Rick as they describe what has happened to their community over the past few decades.

LEAN - Interviews with Grand Bayou and Bayou Corne residents affected by the sinkhole from Jason Berry on Vimeo.

This is our state, this is our health, this our responsibility.  More to come.

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