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Instead of DEQ fines, Halliburton plant sees tax breaks after explosion

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chemical plant explosionMulti-Chem, a Halliburton-owned business that blends chemicals for oilfield production, including fracking, paid no state environmental fines when its New Iberia plant exploded in 2011.

Instead, the company received an expedited environmental permit to build a new plant in Vermilion Parish without public notice or a public hearing and was granted $1.8 million in state property tax exemptions over a 10-year period to build the new plant.

Now the company wants a permit to discharge water from its Vermilion Parish facility into area waterways and some residents aren't happy.

Note: The amount Multi-Chem was fined by OSHA was incorrectly reported in the original version of this story. The amount has been corrected below. The Advertiser regrets its error.

"Multi-Chem did exactly what they denied all along: They're just expanding, expanding, expanding," said Marcella Manuel of Citizens Against Multi-Chem.

The company has added more and larger chemical blending tanks and stores hundreds of small barrels at the Vermilion Parish site, Manuel said.


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