CPPJ approves Sasol's request to rezone

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury approved Sasol's request to rezone the area as heavy industrial.

Those for and against the rezone had the opportunity to speak on the issue. Parish officials asked multiple questions before they unanimously agreed in favor of Sasol's request.

The decision brought on a lot of different opinions, especially from those against the rezoning.

"Sasol is asking to be able to rezone property they don't own," said Wilma Subra.

Sasol representatives said they're happy with the outcome of the meeting and excited for what's next.

"We believe our projects are going to bring a lot of great things to Southwest Louisiana as far as jobs and in terms of energy security," said Sasol spokesman Russell Johnson.

Those against rezoning said they still have a lot of unanswered questions.

"They're not requiring that Sasol have a buffer zone, that it control the dust, or that it minimize disruptions to neighboring residents who live in the area," said attorney Monique Harden.

Despite concerns, Sasol officials said they do have the community in mind and plan to continue working with their neighbors.

"If anyone has questions about our projects, still has unanswered questions, then we ask for them to approach us so we can talk to them and address those concerns," Johnson said.

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