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Bayou Come bubbles now Sinkhole 38 stories deep, methane, diesel odor; evacuation
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Bubbles, strong diesel odor and massive sinkhole increase Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou residents' anxiety and threaten human right to health

Evacuation orders with deputies patrolling streets in the Bayou Corne disaster area remain where nearly an acre of land has mysteriously liquefied and where remaining residents are experiencing increasing anxiety after having noticed mysterious bubbles in the swampland and a diesel odor for about two months before the nearly 380 feet deep sinkhole "slurry" formed by what officials say is an unknown but "powerful underground force."

Officials are reportedly still trying to figure out whether the cause of the giant sinkhole is connected to bubbling and diesel odors in the swamp and bayou that has had residents worried for approximately two months. The sinkhole, bubbles and strong diesel odor are in the same vicinity.

"Officials think the collapse of an abandoned salt mine could be to blame, but aren't sure yet," Fox News reported Monday evening.

Survey teams have reported finding trace amounts of diesel in the sinkhole, "although they can't say conclusively yet why they've found it." They have also reported that the sinkhole is close to 380 feet deep.

Early Thursday morning, wooded swampland in the Bayou Corne area began subsiding, engulfing large cypress trees that had graced the area for decades and creating a several hundred foot diameter area of a slurry mixture of muddy water and soil where vegetation had been a day earlier.

"That development was certainly a game changer," said owner of Cajun Cabins, Dennis Landry, according to WAFB. "Prior to that, we weren't quite as worried. Now, the anxiety level has certainly gone up."

Only 1,400 feet from the sinkhole there is a butane storage facility, according to Sheriff Mike Waguespack.

"If something were to shear that well head, it would cause a very serious situation," Waguespack said.

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials have admitted that serious situation could occur. They told Assumption Parish Police Jury President Martin “Marty” Triche this weekend that the slurry area "could quickly enlarge, possibly sheer off nearby (oil) wellheads, and release harmful gases."

Already, residents have smelled a strong "diesel odor" and have experienced early signs of gas poisoning, such as eyes and throat burning, also indicating a possibly serious human rights violation.

Landry and other Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou residents say what they really want now are answers about the cause of the sinkhole and mysterious bubbling.

The Department of Environmental Quality has not helped in that regard. It stopped providing its monitoring data after finding no threat, as this author reported Saturday, August 4:

“'Continuous monitoring continues to show NO threat to residents in the area of the bubbling waterways,' the Assumption Parish Louisiana Emergency Self Registration Portal stated. 'Due to the fact that the monitors haven’t showed any changes, data will no longer be posted on this site.'"

Over the weekend, a 400-foot long section of a gas pipeline near the sinkhole "slurry" was bent 16 feet downward and 15 feet to the east from "powerful underground forces."

WAFB reports that


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Sinkhole methane bubbles now 'more prolific'


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Methane bubbles in the Bayou Corne community area sinkhole that emerged late last week have become more prolific, according to the local sheriff and the sinkhole depth, reported earlier Tuesday to be 372 feet deep, is reported to be 381 foot deep Tuesday evening. The percolating bubbles were slated to be the main topic of discussion at a local meeting this evening scheduled by officials to brief residents.

The sinkhole bubbles have become more prolific since Saturday, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said.

Monday, Parish officials disclosed that analysis by researchers shows the sinkhole is filled mainly with saltwater with traces of diesel and oil at the surface, both of which nearby Texas Brine Company's unused cavern had in it.


Video: More on the Mysterious Bubbles, Rumbling and Giant Sinkhole in Bayou Corne - Aug. 5, 2012

"The mud and vegetation observed from the air also are only floating on the surface of the water," The Advocate reported Tuesday afternoon.

The slurry area is south of La. 70 South, 2,500 feet from the nearest home in the Bayou Corne community, and only 1,500 feet from a butane-filled cavern.

The mysterious bubbling has been noticed for two months in the area swamps and bayous by concerned locals who want answers.

"We just want answers. That's all we want," one Bayou Corne local man told NBC 33 News on Sunday. "We want to know whether we are safe or not right here."

(Watch NBC 33 News coverage of the sinkhole disaster's impact on human rights on the Youtube on this page at the left.)

"I feel like everything I worked for has gone down the drain," he said.

"We've been concerned since the bubbles. Then we started having the tremors. There was concern about that. Now there's a big sinkhole a half a mile from my house."

In 2010, between 600 and 700 acres of sugarcane in Assumption Parish fell victim to that blowout's spewed oil and saltwater in Assumption Parish. Residents had been evacuated then, too, to prevent injury and death from Mantle Oil and Gas LLC well that spewed oil, gas, brine, sand and other materials into the air.

The Bayou Corne sinkhole is approximately two miles from the site of the 2010 oil and gas blowout.


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Bayou tremors, methane leaks months before oil catastrophe, Evacuation ordered


Cancer Ally bayou parish hit again by catastrophic oil and gas human rights abuse

Assumption Parish officials have ordered immediate evacuation of Bayou Corne area and Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency following two months of residents reporting "strong diesel" odors, earth tremors and finally, an expanding 200 ft. by 200 ft. sinkhole that engulfed trees early Friday morning and that officials now call a "slurry area." The area has allegedly been highly polluted by oil and gas companies.

Early Thursday morning, “an area of wooded swamp located in this area began to subside, engulfing large trees and creating a several hundred foot diameter area of a slurry mixture of muddy water and soil where trees and vegetation were the day before,” reports Bayoubuzz.

"My home moved, and my home shook. My home moved, and I'm on cement," Debra Charlet told WAFB news.

“Our houses shifting and cracks in our sheet rock and our foundation," said another resident, Jason Hugh.

President Martin Triche told News 2 that he has asked the National Guard to assist with the evacuation. http://www1.wbrz.com/news/people-living-...o-evacuate

The “potential failiure” of an inactive and plugged Texas Brine Co. LLC salt mining cavern, used to store oil and gas, is likely the cause of the "slurry area."

Gov. Jindal has declared a State of Emergency, “THREAT OF SUBSIDENCE AND SUBSURFACE INSTABILITY.”

Assumption Parish officials are ordering an immediate evacuation of the area, within Cancer Ally of Louisiana.

Bayoubuzz reports:

“Officials from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana National Guard and the Department of Environmental Quality have engaged with local officials in Assumption parish who are responding to the threat of subsidence and subsurface instability in the area of Bayou Corner in Assumption parish. DNR has issued an emergency order to compel the Texas Brine Company to take all necessary steps to evaluate the integrity of its salt cavern which ultimately may help."

People in Bayou Corne had been reporting a strong diesel smell and house tremors for weeks. Friday morning, however, no definite cause for the bubbling or tremors had been identified.

“In late June, officials in Assumption Parish began discovering more than a dozen areas near Belle Rose, LA in and around Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou where the water is roiling from escaping methane, ethane and propane,” Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) reported Saturday.

Thursday, an area southeast of Belle Rose, previously forested swamp, turned into a slurry of mud where trees sank. The area, originally around 200 feet in diameter, is growing and has prompted the mandatory evacuation of local residents.

The salt cavern in question, used from 1982 to 2011 as a brine-mining cavern where water was used to dissolve salt from deep within the Napoleonville Salt Dome, with the resulting brine water marketed to supply various industry needs.

“The cavern was never used for storage of natural gas or any other hydrocarbon, though naturally occurring gas is sometimes encountered in such formations and may have accumulated in the cavern after it was no longer active,” reports Bayoubuzz. “The company ceased operating the cavern in 2011, plugging and abandoning the well that was used to access it.”

In April, Texas Brine and Georgia Gulf complied with a judge's order to approve a pollution testing plan on Grand Bayou that began in May.

Salt dome storage caverns used for storing natural gas have previously failed.

"Since 1972 in the United States there have been at least 10 catastrophic events involving salt storage facilities; 5 where loss of life or serious injury as well as property damage occurred and 5 where only catastrophic loss of property occurred," reports LEAN today.

The great Gulf methane threat from BP oil spill 2010

DEQ conducted air monitoring at 92 residences with homeowner’s permission but reported finding no unsafe air-related pollutants. Homeowners might want to test their own properties, considering the DEQ is funded by the oil industry, as highlighted in Josh Tickell's documentaries, Fuel and The Big Fix that recently won Best Documentary at the international environmental film festival in Italy.

Methane leaks in Assumption Parish bubbling up in bayous and shifting homes on their foundations might be just the beginning of what could erupt throughout the Gulf Region.

In 2010, it was predicted that high pressure and high temperature oil released from the BP Deep Horizon operation over Macondo Well would force the melting of a huge deposit of frozen methane beneath the sea floor.

A Gulf water test sample that exploded, as a News 5 investigation team demonstrated, was then called a clarion call about days to come.

Dr. Samantha Joye and other experts have argued that the odorless yet potent greenhouse gas, methane has continued to seep into the Gulf of Mexico, contrary to study reports that a bacterium ate the methane in four months.

"Methane is highly explosive and can quietly kill. It also has a high global warming potential of 72 (calculated over a period of 20 years) or 25 (for a time period of 100 years). (See: IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, Working Group 1, Chapter 2) "This means that a methane emission will have 25 times the impact on temperature of a carbon dioxide emission of the same mass over the following 100 years." (Wikipedia)

"In prehistoric times, large methane excursions have been linked with dramatic shifts in the Earth's climate" states Wikipedia that also explains that while methane is not toxic; "it is extremely flammable," "may form explosive mixtures with air," and "can cause asphyxia" because it reduces the level of oxygen in the air.

"Methane is violently reactive with oxidizers, halogens, and some halogen-containing compounds. Methane is also an asphyxiant and may displace oxygen in an enclosed space. Asphyxia may result.. The concentration of methane where asphyxiation risk becomes significant is much higher than the 5–15% concentration that forms flammable or explosive mixtures.

Methane off-gas can "penetrate buildings' interiors and expose occupants to significant levels of methane. According to the National Institute of Deafness and Communicable Diseases (NIDCD), medical complications/symptoms of exposure to methane (asphyxia) include:

• dizziness
• fatigue
• nausea
• headache
• irregular breathing
"Exposure to extremely high levels of natural gas can cause loss of consciousness or even death." (NIDCD)

“A gas detector can be one of the most important tools to help protect residents where methane might be leaking,” according to the NIDCD.

‪The evacuation is expected to affect about 150 residents of the small Assumption Parish community, ‬according to Assumption Parish Emergency Director John Boudreaux.

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Bayou officials fear giant sinkhole pipeline explosion, stop providing data


"I don't believe a word they say about the environmental or human health risk of this mounting disaster," New Orleans-based environmental attorney Stuart Smith stated Saturday, August 4, 2012.

Explosion risk if bent pipe ruptures in rapidly mounting bayou oil and gas disaster

Officials say that the massive methane-leaking sinkhole in South Louisiana bayou country near the Gulf of Mexico causing mandatory evacuation of 150 families, has also caused a 36-inch natural gas pipeline under Highway 70 to bend, so they are closing the highway due to the explosion risk but they have stopped providing monitoring data to the public on the event website.

Although a spokesperson said on Friday that there were no closures of Highway 70 expected, on Saturday, John Boudreaux, director of Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said Highway 70 is closing due to the "sink-hole" causing a gas pipeline to bend.

The pipeline crosses under the highway and would cause an explosion risk if it ruptured, Boudreaux explained.

The pipleine has bent 16 feet downward and 15 feet to the east after the sinkhole in the Louisiana swampland developed Thursday, according to Boudreaux.

Sheriff Mike Waguespack says the methane-leaking sink hole, where a large area of swamp land has collapsed, is several hundred feet away from several pipelines and a propane well.

The Cajun residents of the area say they have never seen bubbles rising out of the bayou nor felt earth tremors at their homes as they have seen and experienced in recent days, a situation that began with a pipeline leak and subsequent investigation.

Saturday, a caller to Louisiana Bucket Brigade's (LABB) Incident Map number, where residents telephone to report pollution events, stated that he "noticed a strong chemical 'crude' oil smell coming from the general vicinity of Belle Rose, one mile down the road from 1130 Highway 70 1130 Highway 7."

Friday, a caller to LABB reported "bubbling in the bayou that appears that the swamp is turning inside out" and there was a "strong smell of burnt diesel fuel in the air."

DEQ says 'no threat' but withholds monitoring data of evacuated area leaking methane

The agency tasked with protecting the public from environmental hazards, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has reversed its stand on continuing to provide its monitoring data of the Louisiana’s near Gulf Coast bayou area where gasses are bubbling and tremors shook houses Thursday.

On Friday, the DEQ announced it would continue monitoring the escalating disaster where methane is leaking from underground salt caverns, causing approximately 150 families to be under mandatory evacuation.

A Press Release of 11:00 a.m. Friday by Assumption Parish Police Jury stated, “The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will start 24 hr. operations effective immediately. They will also re-position monitors immediately within the community."

The press release also included:

“Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality staff continues to take air samples at bubbling sites for flammability and hydrogen sulfide. Thus far, there have been no levels high enough to register on the monitoring equipment. DEQ staff is prepared to take sophisticated isotopic samples at bubbling sites to see if that data will provide more clues to the cause of the bubbling.”

Friday, news reports stated, “DEQ has conducted air monitoring at 92 residences to date with the homeowner’s permission.

"No unsafe air-related pollutants were found," reports stated based on DEQ statements. "In addition, air monitoring was conducted by boat in the areas of the bubbles in Bayou Corne.”

“Parish officials want to remind residents that the gas in those areas pose no risk of igniting,” WBRZ had just reported Friday evening.

That changed by Saturday evening when officials admitted an explosion could occur if the pipeline ruptured.

If readers question official advisories about this escalating disaster in Cajun swampland, they are not alone.

“I don't believe a word they say about the environmental or human health risk of this mounting disaster," New Orleans-based environmental attorney Stuart Smith told Deborah Dupré Saturday afternoon.

That was after the Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Monitoring Reports on the Assumption Parish official website, stated "no threats to residents,” so it would discontinue providing its monitoring data on that main event website.

“Continuous monitoring continues to show NO threat to residents in the area of the bubbling waterways,” the Assumption Parish Louisiana Emergency Self Registration Portal stated. "Due to the fact that the monitors haven’t showed any changes, data will no longer be posted on this site."

Industry reports of the area posted on that site include:

"• Acadian Analysis
• Chevron Analysis
• Crosstex Analysis
• Gulf South Analysis
Reports from Arcadis U.S., Inc..
• Gas Plot #1 Fingerprint, This plot is generic to show the regions of thermogenic versus microbial gas by comparing the carbon and hydrogen isotopes of methane
• Gas Plot #2 Fingerprint, This plot is actual data from the 2003 event in Grand Bayou, plotting the same isotopes showing Gulf South as Well #13 and Well #14 points.
Isotech Gas Comparison"

"I am sure this industry told the regulators and the public that these operations were perfectly safe," Smith said.

"This is the same storyline that BP used for its Gulf of Mexico operations and the frackers are using today," he remarked.

“The State of Louisiana approved these operations, negligently monitored them, and is now expected to be truthful about it. Fat Chance with the lawsuit bulls eye squarely on the Jindal administration."



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that's really messed up. doomed
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my cousin lives within a few miles of there
sent a message to see if they knew anything
waiting for a answer
will let you know
they were pretty concerned a month ago when it started and they were up here

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haskins  Wrote: (08-08-2012 03:45 PM)
my cousin lives within a few miles of there
sent a message to see if they knew anything
waiting for a answer
will let you know
they were pretty concerned a month ago when it started and they were up here

I hope your family is ok!!!

The sinkhole being 38 stories deep yet only about 5 acres uptop, with tremors in the surrounding areas, makes it seem like it's also roiling underneath the nearby homes and just hasn't fallen in yet.
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Something tells me we haven't heard the last of this.....

http://lunaticoutpost.com/Topic-Gas-Blan...rth?page=1

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/prog...un/3152002

Hiding3

Good links; thanks. I do wonder if the N. American scorch extinction event was from a methane release, now that they've pretty much ruled out asteroid. My money's on methane or sun doom or both.
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haskins  Wrote: (08-08-2012 03:45 PM)
my cousin lives within a few miles of there
sent a message to see if they knew anything
waiting for a answer
will let you know
they were pretty concerned a month ago when it started and they were up here

I hope your family is ok!!!

The sinkhole being 38 stories deep yet only about 5 acres uptop, with tremors in the surrounding areas, makes it seem like it's also roiling underneath the nearby homes and just hasn't fallen in yet.

I keep thinking bout those future maps....
that new gulf that goes to chicago...
has to start somewhere

just tried to call no answered probably at work at Casino or sleeping
they live in Charenton , La.

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