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Court approves drilling near Houma homes

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HOUMA, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Vanguard Environmental has won an appeal to drill an underground oilfield-waste well near houses and businesses in north Houma after a state court judge affirmed a 2012 decision.

The well would be drilled less than a mile away from St. Gregory Elementary and Legion Park Middle schools - injecting wastewater under high pressure into sand formations about 4,000 feet underground.

The well would also accept water from pipeline testing and cleaning.

The state court agreed in June that Terrebonne Parish officials had unconstitutionally applied parish law to block the well. The state Supreme Court reviewed the appeal and declined to hear the case in November.

Parish President Michel Claudet says the parish has exhausted its legal options to prevent the construction.

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