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Corps investigating cut bank work on the Vermilion River


St. Martin’s Parish Council will discuss its options following the removal of the spoil banks last week.

On Tuesday, the St. Martin Parish Council will convene in a special meeting to discuss the Lafayette Consolidated Government’s elimination of banks. They will consider authorizing the action they should take as a result of removing these banks.

On Friday, St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars brought the allegations against LCG. Cedars accused the parish government of removing cut banks along the Vermilion River in St. Martin Parish without permission.

Last summer, LCG applied for a permit from the US Corps of Engineers to remove cut banks along the Vermilion River in St. Martinville. That request was eventually withdrawn, according to Cedars.

KATC spoke with the spokesperson for the US Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans who said they have opened an investigation into the bank withdrawal incident.

The corps says it needs to determine if a permit for the work was needed because no permit has been issued.

The body says a permit would have to be issued if work was carried out on nearby wetlands over which they have jurisdiction. They will also have to check if the works carried out affect the Vermilion River which is a waterway also under their jurisdiction.

St. Martin Parish had refused a previous permit from Lafayette Parish.

The special council meeting in St. Martin Parish will be held on Tuesday, March 15 and is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.. at the Carroll J Fuselier Meeting Room Annex Building, 301 West Port Street in St. Martinville.

We have spoken with Lafayette Consolidated Government on the issue.

Read our previous story here.

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