We take our commitments and responsibilities for compliance with state and federal health, safety, and environmental requirements seriously.
A comprehensive environmental assessment, monitoring, testing, and remediation program is currently underway at our site in Pineville, Louisiana, to address chlorinated solvents found in soil at the site and in groundwater under and adjacent to the facility. In May 2021, chlorinated solvents were also detected in surface water present in certain drainage features, including along a portion of Austin Drive to the southeast and in an area adjacent to the Dresser facility to the southwest. Dresser project representatives are engaged regularly with local residents, and we are working in close coordination with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regarding the environmental remediation activities being conducted. We are also working closely with local officials.
As a team, we are committed to working in full coordination with appropriate agencies to inform and engage residents about our progress and to take proactive steps to meet state and federal requirements to ensure the health and safety of residents possibly affected by constituents released from the site.
Extensive soil, groundwater, and soil gas investigations have taken place since determining that a historical release of chlorinated solvents had affected the soil and groundwater. These chlorinated chemicals, including TCE, were used in the former manufacturing process at the Dresser site. Affected groundwater has migrated beyond the Dresser facility boundaries into areas north, south, and east of the facility.
Groundwater monitoring wells and soil vapor monitoring points have been installed in specific areas and hundreds of groundwater, soil, and soil gas samples have been collected. Monitoring wells provide information necessary to track the direction and extent of affected groundwater. Monitoring will continue for as long as necessary.
The data we obtain and analyze provides insights and drives decisions regarding the next steps in the investigation.
If chlorinated chemicals of interest are detected in the groundwater below a residential area, the LDEQ is promptly notified. The concentrations in groundwater and soil gas are evaluated in coordination with LDEQ and, depending on these levels, residents are notified in order to obtain access to conduct indoor air sampling tests.
LDEQ has approved our selection process to determine which residences are included in the indoor air sampling program. The sampling and testing process for indoor air monitoring to determine if vapor intrusion is occurring has also been approved by LDEQ.
We believe in meeting with each resident in person or by phone to discuss the testing process and subsequent results, as well as to respond to questions. These results are also shared via letters provided by Dresser.
Near Neighbor Updates
June 27, 2022: We will begin work activities for our offsite in-situ chemical oxidation treatments in late June and early July. This is part of an interim remedial measure to address affected groundwater in the area. This work will continue for several months.
During this time, residents may notice construction work and materials staged in several locations along HWY 167, including horizontal well drilling rigs, tanks and other equipment. Orange construction fencing will be in place to restrict access to the work areas, and local police will help to ensure public safety at the sites. There will be temporary lane closures along Shreveport highway and HWY 167 for short periods, as necessary. The work is being conducted with approval and oversight from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Transportation.
October 11, 2021: We will be conducting work activities in the drainage feature along the southern portion of Austin Drive. This is part of an interim remedial measure to treat chemicals of interest that have been detected in surface water within the drainage feature in this specific area. This work is expected to begin in mid-October and continue through mid-November.
During this time, neighbors may notice construction work and materials staged along the drainage feature, including equipment and covered stockpiles of sand. Orange construction fencing is in place to restrict access to the work area and traffic control measures will occur periodically to ensure public safety. The work is being conducted with approval and oversight from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Transportation.
August 25, 2021: Neighbors may notice increased activity in and around the former Dresser facility over the next several months. The facility’s former industrial buildings are being removed due to damage sustained during the 2020 hurricane season and the freezes of 2021. This work will not impact our ongoing site investigation and environmental remediation efforts.
Building removal activities will occur during normal business hours, between 7:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, and between 7:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturdays. We are taking steps to ensure building removal activities are conducted safely, with minimal noise, and normal road access throughout this process. Please call the Pineville Information Line at 713-879-1230 with any questions or concerns.