Well hopefully enough people from around here saw this and heard what was being said about it, to give a damn!! This report aired on our local new tonight it is a really good depiction of the sinkhole and the problems it has caused and continues to cause in Bayou Corne.
The article on the page goes into detail about the sinkhole. Thank you Katie Moore!!
One of those questions: What caused the cavern to collapse?
“The sinkhole is constantly changing. It changes every time we go out there. Not just on the surface, but in the sub-surface,” said Gary Hecox, a hydrogeologist with CB&I, formerly the Shaw Group, who is a consultant for the state about how to best handle the sinkhole.
He said it’s uncharted territory.
“The cavern was 3,400 feet deep, which is deeper than any known cavern failure impacting the surface in the international record,” Hecox said.
Nowhere in the world has a brine cavern this large collapsed, and Hecox said the data shows it’s not finished yet.
“We still have 450 feet to fill. How long is it gonna take to fill this up? At one foot per day, we’re still looking at an event that’s gonna run over a year,” he said.
Every time it shifts, recently installed seismic monitors pick up tremors like little earthquakes. When it does, big bubbles of natural gas, vegetation and crude oil are released to the surface. They call it a “burp”.
In October and November of 2012, Jindal announced two chemical plant expansions a few miles from Bayou Corne, one in nearby Geismar and one in Donaldsonville.
But in six months, he’s made no visit to the sinkhole site.
“Where is he? Where is Jindal? He’s all over the United States, but he can’t come forty minutes south of Baton Rouge and visit,” Weber asked.
As photos from the Louisiana Environmental Action Network show, when the sinkhole first appeared, it was just 400 feet in diameter. As of mid-February, it had swallowed nine acres.
Scientists say the worst-case scenario is it could swallow 40 acres.
Even if it does, many, like Weber, are now just hoping Texas Brine will buy them out so they can move on.
The company told residents that they are working to stabilize the area before tackling buy outs because some residents are still hoping to return.
Lawmakers are planning another joint hearing on the sinkhole March 18.
Please visit the page to read more, it’s well written and really informative!!