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Louisiana Representative meet to discuss Explo

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 8:55am

Spearheaded by District 8 Representative Jeff Thompson, the House Committee on Homeland Security met Thursday to discuss Explo's activity at Camp Minden.

Thompson is worried, not only how Explo could have accumulated over 10 million pounds of illegally stored explosives without authorities noticing, but also who is going to pay for their behavior.

Sadly, it seems taxpayers may end up footing the bill. Explo was behind in payments to Camp Minden for the rental of their bunkers, and now even more are in use. Not only that, law enforcement agencies have suffered considerable costs, not only with moving and storing the explosives, but surrounding the week long evacuation of Doyline in December 2012.

Explo will be charged for the October blast that shook the Ark-La-Tex and will also be responsible for all financial obligations. However, if they walk away from those obligations, the state (and taxpayers) will have to cover those costs. That annoys both Thompson and residents of Doyline.

The National Guard is working to ensure something of this sort doesn't happen again, announcing that in the future, anybody that does demilling at Camp Minden is subject to unannounced inspections.

However, right now, Louisiana State Police are focusing on finding storage for 3.2 million pounds of explosives that do not fit into space at Camp Minden.

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