After Sinkhole Flyover: Strongest odor I have ever experienced in all my time in Louisiana — Intense petroleum fumes hovering directly over community

Published: October 13th, 2012 at 2:20 pm ET
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Title: Bayou Corne Sinkhole Flyover
Source:  Louisiana Environmental Action Network
Pilot: Lance Rydberg
Photographer: Jeffrey Dubinsky
Date: October 12, 2012
h/t Anonymous tip

Yesterday, October 11, 2012, photographer Jeffrey Dubinsky took a flight for LEAN [Louisiana Environmental Action Network] and LMRK [Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper] over the Bayou Corne sinkhole. After the flight, which was generously provided by Southwings, Jeffrey commented on the intense petroleum fumes experienced while flying over the sinkhole area.

“I will say the odor was the heaviest and strongest I have ever experienced in all my time in Louisiana. Perhaps even worse still was that the odor was hovering directly over the community… I have no idea whatsoever how the workers can tolerate being anywhere near it.”

There is no doubt that the fumes from the sinkhole and bubbling natural gas in the surrounding area have been impacting the community. Local residents have documented this along with their potentially related health symptoms through the Odor and Symptom Log available online here. [...]

View Dubinsky’s work here

Published: October 13th, 2012 at 2:20 pm ET
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6 comments to After Sinkhole Flyover: Strongest odor I have ever experienced in all my time in Louisiana — Intense petroleum fumes hovering directly over community

  • jec jec

    Evacuation is the best safely procedure. Does Texas Brine want to cover illness and death for the victims in the community? And a charge for murder in the case of fatalities? The longer they wait….this is not a case of "hide and it goes away..". These peoples illnesses are being documented…


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  • markww markww

    If they have 5 gallons of 6 per cent AFFF FOAM pour some of the liquid foam on the top of the sinkhole don't put it through fire hoses but straight onto the top should stop the fumes and vapors it will create a buffer between the oil and the air

    Mark


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    • harengus_acidophilus

      "Just poison the environment with chemicals.
      You can use a cheap product, named …"

      Why do you always use this incomprehensible "shadow words"
      instead of scientific names?

      I don't want to believe in anyone, just read the exact facts
      and take my own conclusions. But -like some days ago "bad gas" or this "AAAF FOAM" (product name or abbreviation?)- how to judge without knowledge? Don't name the substances properly is also a kind of hiding the truth.

      h.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Officially this incident does not exist, and could never happen, just like FukU and all Fracking incidents.

    Recently, someone in a fracking zone lit a candle in the bathroom.

    Then they flushed the toilet and ran the sink water for awhile..

    Luckily they left the bathroom… while they were outside the bathroom, it exploded, destroying part of the house.

    Cause? Fracking fumes coming up with the well water.

    Lesson? Do not run the water and light any flames anywhere in the vicinity.

    Bottom line, we are living in a new reality with all kinds of poison, fumes, radiation, chemicals, flammable gas and more fun stuff to deal with these days..


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  • kalidances

    The CEO had better drop everything he is doing and ask for help. Right now. If there are explosions there is nothing Texas Brine will be able to do to stop Louisiana citizens from losing their collective minds. The rage is going to be out of control.
    To the folks from(or with family in) Texas and Louisiana: you KNOW what's going to happen when Texas Brine refuses to take take responsibility for what they have done.
    This is going to set off a literal war between the states if Texas Brine does not quickly step in and find a way to stop this from further escalating because they don't have the resources or manpower to stop this without Presidential intervention.
    Neither state will forgive or forget this kind of destruction, constant lies resulting in multiple sicknesses, financial losses and deaths.
    This is going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back.


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