The Port of Hathian, Rougarou, was the site of a joint investigation led by Coast Security Search and Rescue Operations and Hathian Police Department.
The reason for the investigation appears to have been the chemical spills discovered and cleaned up by the CSSARO team in December. The spills discovered to be in the Rougarou Bayou affected fish and shrimp native to the area, killing off a substantial amount of these, although no drinking supply of water was affected.
The test results of those spills in Rougarou revealed that the chemicals in the water consisted of POPs [Persistent Organic Pollutants, commonly found in agricultural pesticides] and PCBs, [Poly chlorinated biphenyls, commonly found in industrial chemicals.]
The contaminated waters were however treated and taken care of by the CSSARO crew as reported in an earlier article in the Hathian Observer. The Captain and Lieutenant of the crew did hint that there might be reason to suspect the nearby Port of being behind the leakage of chemicals into the water as the locations of both spill sites were close by to the docks.
The investigation subsequently took place over the weekend and was led by both the Hathian Police Department Lieutenant O’Neil and CSSARO Captain Rousseau, who jointly collaborated to collect information from the Port, while HPD Lieutenant O’Neil and Detective Larsen produced warrants and questioned both Mr Bowen, who is in charge of LL warehouses, a private entity operating and overseeing transportation and stevedoring services in the local government owned Port— and Ms Redenblack, administrative assistant, over the spills.
“We conducted an investigation of various containers an’ cargo an’ inventory, documentin’ wha we found an where, quantities an’ details an’ such. Samples o’ground soil an’ water from tha region an chemicals from a leak in one o’tha warehouses were taken fa testin’ back at CSSARO HQ.” Captain Dimitri Rousseau stated, Lieutenant Alcide Rousseau adding, “Yes, a leak from some of the barrels at the back of the last warehouse on the left side of the docks was examined an’ when we discovered the leak, we realized that it may just match the chemicals that were found in the spill.”
Mr Bowen and his assistant Ms Redenblack issued a joint statement when the Hathian Observer asked them to comment about the spillage and joint investigation carried out by the HPD and CSSARO.
“We were happy to co-operate with the HPD and CSSARO. We did not have any issues with the investigation when warrants were produced- however we would like to deny that the spills were to do with L.L Warehouse management or our employees. It is more likely to be the BeneChem company offloading their chemical product into the waters nearby our docks in an attempt to blame us for their criminal activities. The police showed us pictures of BeneChem representatives Jake Bordeaux and Faye Luckstone and asked us questions about them and any contact—we have not had any with these two and they are likely to have paid somebody or a group of people to dump toxic waste in Hathian waters on their company’s behalf. We are not guilty of any misconduct.”
BeneChem representatives Bordeaux and Luckstone have not been seen in Hathian recently. Hathian Observer tried to contact the representatives but their last appearance was reported by Pocket Motel’s receptionist Agathe Landreaux who said, “They skipped out on a few days payment, I was pissed. Still, they left all their shit in them motel rooms, passports, wallet, an such—strange, it seemed like they would’ve come back for that stuff at least.”
Captain Dimitri Rousseau has revealed however that test results from the leaks of chemical barrels in the Port were conclusively a match with the chemicals in the contaminated sites that had to be treated in December.
“Chemicals in tha leak in tha warehouse of tha Port of Hathian match those of tha two sites tha were affected previously. This means L.L Warehouses could be lookin at some legal action filed aginst them by lawyers on behalf of tha city.” He admitted, which would mean criminal charges and or hefty fines against Mr Bowen and Ms Redenblack if they are determined to have been involved in the dumping of toxic chemicals—-even if the spills occurred accidentally.
Lieutenant O’Neil issued this statement in response to being asked for one from the Observer, “While I’m unable to comment ongoing investigation in detail, apart from that joint operation was successful one, numerous improperly stored containers of chemicals with potential to cause long lasting negative effects to local ecosystem were discovered and that police will continue their investigation to bring people responsible for this to face the charges in court of law, I would like to compliment CSSARO for they professional approach, evidence gathering, cooperation and overall performance during this investigation That is all I have to say for the matter as for now.” Speculation is rife however that perhaps Mr Bowen and Ms Redenblack excepted payment from BeneChem representatives to dispose of the industrial company’s waste for them. During the investigation, it was discovered that documents allegedly provided by BeneChems to L.LWarehouse management were classifying cargo wrongfully, depicting that barrels filled with POPs and PCBs were being classed as Industrial lubricant instead. BeneChems—as reported in an earlier article—are an industrial company who are mainly based in Texas and donated 5,000 dollars to CU’s athletic department most recently, promising to consider Hathian for jobs and future investment. The investigation is ongoing—-even if it is being conducted in murky waters.