Bayou Corne Sinkhole~ Update 1/18/13

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An update on the Bayou Corne sinkhole, it is still there and still growing.  It has been there since August 3, 2012 and Texas Brine has done a bunch of nothing for the families who were forced to evacuate on Aug 3. you can see just how close they live to the toxic sinkhole above, that small community of homes, are the people who were forced to move.  About 300 people. There aren’t too many people who live in Bayou Corne, so it isn’t a hot topic that people there are upset, they don’t decide elections :/

Which I think is exactly why, we need a Federal team in charge here!!! Local government doesn’t care, it isn’t worth their time or money to care so Texas Brine is in charge!

The latest flyover video shows, the sinkhole and how it’s grown: This flyover was on January 17, 2013

This flyover was on August 12,2012, oh my how it’s grown!!

This is the most recent Helicorder displays I could find, it seems it’s offline today:

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The governor Bobby Jindal has either decided that Bayou Corne is not a part of Louisiana any more, or he is corrupted by money being fed into his office by the petroleum companies……. or ?? I have no idea. I think it’s quite possible corruption is at fault here, today the New Orleans former mayor was indited on 21 corruption charges, there’s lots of corruption in these parts, it would not surprise me if it the corruption has reached Jindal’s office!

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I would think it would be important enough for Mr. Jindal to be there, or at least to have shown up to say hey I know what’s going on here, please stay calm. His office is just about 30-40 miles from the sinkhole!!  In the map above you can see he’s closer to the sinkhole than I am!! So far he has continued to ignore the plea for help, and I’m disappointed 😦  I liked Bobby Jindal, I thought he would be a good choice as a presidential pick, however I’m not so sure about that anymore!!

Bayou Corne Sinkhole~Update

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Above you will see a picture of a protest, asking, begging Booby Jindal for his attention, I think he still ignored them BTW. I know there are only 3 people that this protest, but I also know not many people live there, and that many more people actually care!

Louisiana governor continues to ignore growing bayou sinkhole

Over five months since the Texas Brine sinkhole first appeared over the Napoleonville Salt Dome, residents of Bayou Corne, Louisiana continue to struggle to be heard — particularly by Governor Bobby Jindal.

As the 8.5 acre sinkhole continues to expand, a handful of evacuees recently attempted to remedy that situation by displaying signs along the Governor’s route to a nearby press conference. Unfortunately that request, like previous emails, phone calls and appointment appeals, went unanswered.

Giant Sinkhole Is Swallowing Up a Louisiana Bayou Community

Last spring, residents in Louisiana’s Assumption Parish noticed peculiar bubbles rising to the surface in some bayous. Soon after, small earthquakes shook the towns and raised some eyebrows. In August, i09 writes, the earth suddenly yawned open, swallowing several acres of swampy forest and forming a massive sinkhole full of water, brines, oil and natural gas. Geologists say nature did not cause the hole. Rather, mining activities conducted by the oil and gas service company Texas Brine opened up this apparent pit to hell.

The company, however, denies responsibility. The United States Geological Survey is investigating the incident and has determined that a salt cavern deep below the surface collapsed and caused the earthquake-like tremors, not the other way around. The collapse, they say, was likely brought about by extensive mining.

Booby Jindal stop ignoring these people!!!! Please go sign this petition, it only has until Feb 4th to get the required signatures! So far they are miles away from getting those signatures, they have as of right now 1,762 and need 23,238.

Recognize the sinkhole disaster in Bayou Corne, LA as a federal emergency, and assign a federal team to the efforts.

More than 52,000 gallons of crude oil has leaked out, and people have reported suffering symptoms related to crude exposure. Deadly H2S gas has been found, and there is approx 100 mil cubic ft of methane underground that is bubbling up all over the surrounding swamps, and bayous. Home methane monitors have been recommended. There is a 3 mil cubic yd void somewhere underground that has not been located. That’s equal to an 80 acre sinkhole 40 ft deep, or 100 football fields 40 ft deep. 150 homes/350 people have been evacuated from their homes since early August 2012. There is no light at the end of the tunnel for when they can return home, or have any kind of closure from this nightmare. This is not just a hole in the ground, and requires more resources than the state has at their disposal.

Created: Jan 05, 2013
You can find the petition here, please sign it and tweet it, re-tweet it and Facebook it!
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Petition For Bayou Corne Sinkhole ~Please SIGN~

Recognize the sinkhole disaster in Bayou Corne, LA as a federal emergency, and assign a federal team to the efforts.

A little update on the Bayou Corne Sinkhole, it is now about 6 months since families were forced from the only homes they have ever known. It has been 6 months since Texas Brine was put in charge of studying this sinkhole that they are responsible for creating!! They are responsible for

1.) Vent the free gas from the water aquifier

2.) Determine the makeup of the sinkhole, and determine whether any future problems could occur

3.) STABILIZE the salt dome

So far they haven’t accomplished any ONE of those goals, and it’s been 6 MONTHS!!! We need help here, we really do. I don’t live there, but know people who do, they need help, they need more help than Texas Brine has thus far provided, they need more help than the state can even afford!

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I didn’t create the petition, I only signed it. That’s all you need to do today, is sign it! If Obama can look and respond to the petition to make a Death Star, I think he has the right, and the ability to view this one!

We just need enough signatures!! Make this happen people, we need more eyes on this!! Sign it, Tweet it, Re-Tweet it, Facebook it, do whatever, but please HELP get the signatures needed!! I know we can make this happen!! They need 25,000 signatures by February 4th, so far they only have a little over 1,500, please make this happen!!

Recognize the sinkhole disaster in Bayou Corne, LA as a federal emergency, and assign a federal team to the efforts.

Thank you!!!

Please go to this page and watch the video:

LPB Louisiana

 

Additional info on the sinkhole can be found in the following links:

Sinkhole belches organic material

Letter: Sinkhole problem needs resolving

You know what? As a Bayou Corne resident, I personally am sick of seeing our “no-show” governor and our state of Louisiana just sitting back and laying all of this on Texas Brine. There is no doubt in my mind that the cause of all of this is Texas Brine’s failed cavern, but we must all not forget that our very own Louisiana Department of Natural Resources was well aware of this breached cavern back in January 2011 and did nothing about it but slide it under the rug with no monitoring or consideration of potential problems that we are now facing as a result of that lack of action on the part of LDNR under the direction Joe Ball and James Welsh.

http://theadvocate.com/news/opinion/4882911-123/letter-sinkhole-problem-needs-resolving

Experts say sinkhole gas burning off slowly

Bayou Corne residents demand response from Gov. Jindal

Group wants sinkhole declared federal disaster

 

 

 

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.