BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal has dodged questions about whether he’ll visit the site of a massive sinkhole that has swallowed nine acres of land in swampy Assumption Parish.
Residents displaced since August have criticized the governor for having never traveled to see the sinkhole or speak with the families.
Asked Wednesday if he’ll go the site, Jindal said he gets constant updates from state agencies overseeing response efforts. He pledged to hold Houston-based Texas Brine accountable for the damage and to make sure people are compensated for their losses.
But the governor wouldn’t directly answer repeated questions about checking out the sinkhole in person.
Scientists say the sinkhole formed after the failure of an underground salt cavern operated by Texas Brine, which extracted brine and piped it to nearby petrochemical facilities.