Bayou Corne Sinkhole ….again

This is more information on the Bayou Corne Sinkhole, it isn’t a lot because basically it just isn’t on our news down here, everything I know about the sinkhole is information I’ve found online!! I live about 55 miles away from the sinkhole give or take a few miles. I haven’t felt or heard anything where I live, so I have no first hand knowledge on anything sinkhole related.  Here is my previous post about the sinkhole:  Louisiana’s Sinkhole, Bayou Corne

I figured I would gather all the articles I found on the internet about the sinkhole into a place. so here it is.
The first one is about gas that is trapped under the ground:

An as-yet undetermined amount of natural gas is trapped in the aquifer underneath the Bayou Corne community, state and parish officials have said.

The area has been rattled by earth tremors, has waterways with gas bubbling to the surface, and is in the vicinity of a 4-acre sinkhole south of La. 70 that has grown larger since its emergence Aug. 3. Bayou Corne’s 150 households have been evacuated since the sinkhole appeared just off the edge of the Napoleonville Dome, a 1-mile-by-3-mile underground salt deposit.

The Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer is a broad underground belt that tracks the river and flows beneath dozens of Louisiana parishes, but is not a continuously linked formation of ground water.

Gas trapped near sinkhole

The Sinkhole is growing:

By The Associated Press The Times-Picayune
on October 09, 2012 at 3:59 PM, updated October 09, 2012 at 4:21 PM

BAYOU CORNE — Cleanup of a sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish has been indefinitely halted after another section of land collapsed, pulling down at least five trees along the southwest side of the four-acre depression.

Parish officials told The Advocate a portion of the sinkhole edge, about 50-foot-long, went under Tuesday near pipeline corridors that run along the western edge of the slurry hole.

The sinkhole, which was found Aug. 3, is on Texas Brine Co. of Houston property south of La. 70 South between Grand Bayou and Bayou Corne. Parish officials evacuated 150 homes the day the sinkhole emerged. The evacuation remains in place.

Assumption Parish sinkhole cleanup halted as more land consumed

The Assumption Parish Blog

Sinkhole Saga Continues: Toxic Air Reported as Drilling Progresses

The Earth continues to swallow trees as officials from Louisiana and a Texas energy company continue to seek s solution to the Assumption Parish sinkhole. About 11 a.m. today, a 10 ft. X 50 ft. slough pulled in five trees and halted cleanup activity at the site, according to a report from the Parish. The slurry area near Bayou Corne was discovered August 3 and continues to grow in both size and danger. Many people in the area are worried about methane deposits that may be ignited from a quake.

The area is still under a State of Emergency from the governor and the Parish Emergency has been extended to least October 14. Local Highway 70 is open for traffic but local residents are still under a mandatory evacuation

NOLA Defender

More on the Sinkhole growing; Cleanup derailed after Assumption sinkhole swallows four more trees

BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) — Cleanup of a sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish has been indefinitely halted after another section of land collapsed, pulling down at least five trees along the southwest side of the four-acre depression.

Parish officials told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/QQWp3v ) a portion of the sinkhole edge, about 50-foot-long, went under Tuesday near pipeline corridors that run along the western edge of the slurry hole.

The sinkhole, which was found Aug. 3, is on Texas Brine Co. of Houston property south of La. 70 South between Grand Bayou and Bayou Corne. Parish officials evacuated 150 homes the day the sinkhole emerged. The evacuation remains in place.

WWL TV Our local CBS Station

More; Another chunk of land falls into sinkhole

This is pretty much the same as the article above,I think most people just copy and paste these days, but it has a picture:

The Advocate

Gas found in Aquifer Previously:

The latest release of natural gas discovered in an underground aquifer near Bayou Corne may be the third time in the past 13 years that gas has been loosed in shallow formations over or near the subterranean Napoleonville salt dome, according to a review of regulatory filings.

A consulting hydrogeologist working in spring 2004 to finish removing natural gas that was then trapped 150 feet under the Grand Bayou area found gas had been released into the same subsurface aquifer at least five years earlier, regulatory filings with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality say.

Twenty-eight residents living in Grand Bayou had to be evacuated on Christmas Day in 2003 when gas was discovered in an underground aquifer above the Napoleonville Dome. Casing was found to have failed in a well tied to a storage cavern carved from the salt dome and leaked gas.

The Advocate

Energy News

I’ve been watching this page too, it’s a link to Helicorders in the area: Recent Helicorder Displays From University of Memphis

This is why I’ve been following the Earthquakes in the area, last week in Lockport and Raceland LA, it’s about 45 miles away from the sinkhole site they reported earthquakes along with a “grinding” sound:

Mysterious tremors raise questions

Nobody quite knows what caused the ground in some parts of Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes to shake, but it certainly has people talking.

A little before 2 p.m. Wednesday, reports began flooding in to officials of tremors accompanied by a loud noise. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and Office of Emergency Preparedness received reports, but nobody has been able to narrow down a cause.

Lockport resident Bryan Comardelle had just sat down to watch television when he felt the rumble.

“It was just a sudden vibration,” Comardelle said. “I live in a brick house, and it even made it shake.”

Most reports are fairly uniform: one to four tremors reported in the southern reaches of the parishes all the way up into Raceland and Houma. Some people reported hearing a loud noise similar to thunder accompanying the rumbling.

The Daily Comet

Bayou Corne Sinkhole Raises Concerns at Lake Peigneur:

A sinkhole in Assumption Parish is raising concerns in Acadiana. Crews are digging wells near a four-acre sinkhole beneath Bayou Corne. The wells are being sued to vent and investigate natural gas trapped below the salt brining facility.

Louisiana Senator Fred Mills said in light of this incident, he will try and take action to prevent a similar disaster from happening at the salt domes beneath Lake Peigneur. Mills said he plans to introduce a bill for the second time that would require companies to conduct an environmental impact statement before expanding natural gas storage caverns at Lake Peigneur. A similar bill failed in the last legislative session.

Residents at Lake Peigneur said such legislation would be a relief, but the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association said it would be a set back from the industry.

“This has been home for our family for generations and I’d like to preserve it,” said Lake Peigneur resident Louis Derise.

Derise sits on a wooden, raised deck overlooking the lake. It’s located on his own private peninsula that extends from his backyard. Derise said his father helped turn Lake Peigneur from an industrial lake to a recreational and residential lake. He’s worried that expanding natural gas storage would be an environmental and health risk.

“Some accidents are possible leakage of the storage cavern and it leaking into the aquifer,” said Derise.

The company AGL is proposing building two new storage caverns about a half mile from the shore, they would sit in front of the two storage caverns already built in the salt dome. Derise wants to stop further natural gas storage here, he’s now the Vice President of Save Lake Peigneur Inc.

KATC

This is a picture to give you an idea of how far apart these areas are:

So that is all for now, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more as there is propane and liquid butane stored not far from the sinkhole, and this sinkhole doesn’t appear to be slowing down or stopping!

If you haven’t already please sign this petition to appoint a FEDERAL team to the sinkhole, they still need lots of signatures, I don’t think online petitions ever really work but it couldn’t hurt. It seems no one is paying attention!!

Immediately appoint a federal team to assume control / management of the sinkhole disaster in Bayou Corne, LA.

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