A concerned resident of Bayou Corne posted on a blog Sunday a letter to Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter requesting their involvement, compared the situation to the 2010 BP Macondo Well, Gulf of Mexico blow-out catastrophe that is ongoing.
In our Investigation in PART 3, we cited this very idea: Some say drilling of BP’s Deepwater Horizon site at Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 had a signature of a salt dome disaster. In both events, damage to the environment, the people and their livelihoods have been devastating.
To be brief, we have a salt dome in our area that is being mined for brine and some of the already mined caverns are being used to store hydrocarbons, pressurized butane being stored in the closest cavern to our community. These caverns are a few thousand feet tall and about 300 feet in diameter. There are about 57 of these in various locations in the dome and 23 of which are used as storage vessels. These vessels have failed over the years (just as this one has failed recently) one of which caused the permanent evacuation of our neighboring community, Grand Bayou in 2003.”
“Picture if you will a smaller version of the BP oil spill where instead of the oil coming out of the casing on the ocean floor, we have gas escaping from a huge crevice beneath the aquifer which cannot be capped.”
Incredible expanding Louisiana Bayou Corne sinkhole still expanding with no real scientific conclusions about cause although now 4 months since the event was reported Credits: BayouBuzz
Today they are blaming it all (maybe) on hydrocarbons:
“There is gas in there, as well as a hydrocarbon interface. That’s all we know right now, we haven’t been able to sample that,” said Shaw Group spokesperson Brian Davis.
* See Part 3 of Resident Townhall: Brian Davis, Sub of Shaw
* “There is gas in there, as well as a hydrocarbon interface. That’s all we know right now, we haven’t been able to sample that,” said Shaw Group spokesperson. (at 4:20) “It could be naturally occurring hydrocarbons that have breached in from the bottom,” Credit: Assumption Parish, YouTube : 9/29/12 Resident Briefing – Part 4
“It could be naturally occurring hydrocarbons that have breached in from the bottom,” Davis said, later adding, “There’s hydrocarbons of some sort over in the sinkhole.”
* A DEQ official said that the hydrocarbon on top of the slurry hole is “about, let’s say, 75% diesel range, and another 25% oil range organics.” (Watch Part 6 at 0:15 here)
* Assumption Parish President Mike Waguespack stated, “We knew when they got into the cavern that the bottom had been compromised.”
Waguespack explained that “the bottom obviously had infiltration from somewhere that originally wasn’t there, originally it was brine.” (Watch Part 16 at 1:00 in here)
In the Examiner’s report from today:
As local and state officials attempt to resolve the great sinkhole of 2012 event, gas released into the aquifer is highly pressurized and spreading west from under the Bayou Corne community toward the Pierre Part community and Lake Peigneur. Lake Peigneur residents are also pleading for aid due to ongoing problems there since its catastrophic salt dome collapse in 1980.
Recently, Lake Peigneur, approximately 80 miles west of the sinkhole, has also had mysterious bubbling spots. Louisianan State Sen. Fred Hills told Deborah Dupré in an interview this weekend that he believes that the Assumption Parish sinkhole appears to be heading toward another Lake Peigneur catastrophe that is still wreaking havoc among locals but not receiving needed recognition or aid.
* The Human toll? A mandatory evacuation of 150 families in those areas. Louisianan State Sen. Fred Hills calling it a ‘ Genocide in Progress’.
As we reported yesterday, it has grown to 1-mile by 3-miles engulfing entire Salt Dome. Earthquakes ahead of the sinkhole in Assumption Parish are back, the number of bubbling sites has increased to 20 and extended miles from the sinkhole, and the hole has increased to four acres as evidenced by the flyover today:
“Questions might be raised as to whether the existence of a crises for hundreds of people whose lives have been disrupted is even on the front burner of those involved including state government,” reports Bayou Buzz.
Community residents are calling for additional state and federal support, thus far not forthcoming. They are pleading for Gov. Bobby Jindal to expand the evacuation area to include other areas where seismic activity, more gas bubbles and chemical odors are being detected.
Scientists discovered last week what could keep residents out of their homes indefinitely.
“They got down to 90 feet and experienced gas in the water aquifer and were unable to set water well due to the pressure. We put cement, plug, and got off the site and regrouped to come up with another strategy to set a vent well,” Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness parish officer John Boudreaux explained last week.
Being the audio was hard to hear without headphones, here are some of the questions that the public submitted last Thursday:
* Who is going to pay for the damage to the region’s ecology?
* What are the results of tests promised a few months ago intended to fingerprint natural gas releases from area bayous?
* What does Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development survey data show about the elevation of La. 70 South before and after the sinkhole appeared and other incidents began?
* When will transparency of the operations surrounding the sinkhole, gas releases and tremors improve?
“The question still remains whether all parties including state government are doing enough to help that community for a expanding and confounding sinkhole on their property,” BayouBuzz says.
Here are the last three parts of the 23 parts of that meeting:
Benchmark evacuated lifted. Why is it taking so long? Politician starts getting snarky…
So it is under reported after all. It is a disaster JUST the same for the residents. Let’s see what the response will be for health claims. This still is not getting national attention but the more we put the spotlight on it MSM, including FOX JUST may catch up. Credit goes to CNN for minimal reporting.~ JP