AP: Official says suffocation risk at giant Louisiana sinkhole — Spewing gas could cause explosion hazard (VIDEO)

Published: July 23rd, 2013 at 9:57 am ET


Title: Sinkhole Threatens Cajun Bayou Community
Source: AP
Reporter: Stacey Plaisance
Date: July 20, 2013

Stacey Plaisance, AP Reporter: […] The gentle bubbles, actually natural gas spewing from a 22-acre sinkhole caused by a collapsed salt cavern.

John Boudreaux, Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness: There could be an explosion hazard and/or methane does displace oxygen, so by displacing oxygen then it becomes an asphyxiant.

Carla Alleman, former Bayou Corne resident: We’re never going back […] We’ll never feel safe there again. They can never say that it will be safe there again. […]

Watch the report here

Published: July 23rd, 2013 at 9:57 am ET


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20 comments to AP: Official says suffocation risk at giant Louisiana sinkhole — Spewing gas could cause explosion hazard (VIDEO)

  • dosdos dosdos

    Sonny Cranch is right about one thing in the video. The sinkhole is getting close to maximum size. It will grow a few more acres from collapse, and it will grow a few more from the settling out of the funnel. It should reach 30 to 33 acres and stop growing in surface size. However, that doesn't mean that the oil and natural gas will stop surfacing and invading the aquifer. That could go on for years to come.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I have to disagree with Cranch.
    I don't see any impetus for the sinkhole stop. growing..considering the integrity of the salt dome is failing.
    I suspect further and irregular growth.

    • GuerreraZorra GuerreraZorra

      You would be correct, "it isn't going to stop".

      I believe there's much more to this situation. It began in the Mississippi Canyon Block 252. There was never enough oil in the target area to justify the exploration, which wasn't an exploration at all. It was a detonation!

      This is about cracking and fracking the New Madrid from the Gulf to the Great Lakes in order to get the shipping channel the oil/gas industries need to move Canadian products to the Gulf and off to China and other countries.

      Keep in mind these industries work on 50 year plans. This plan may be hard for people like you and I to wrap our heads around, but believe me it is their plan.

      An overlay map will show what is occurring, stack the maps on top of each other for the region. Look at Earthquakes, reports of loud unexplained booms, fracking operations, and known gas seepage's, you'll see it clear as day!

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Which is it they are right about? They believe that it will soon stop growing or..they DON"T KNOW?!?!? http://enenews.com/hydrogeologist-honestly-dont-whats-going-below-giant-sinkhole-nobodys-encountered-anything-like-history-mankind-dont-good-hypothesis-head-pressure-almost-600-psi-video

    I think they know & are scared to tell the truth..the stampede of people & businesses leaving..or the threat lawsuits if they are aware of the risk of those 50 domes collapsing would destroy the economy…& we know that is the ONLY thing they are worried about.

    They need to give time for everyone to get their a@@@es covered before it *blows* (collapses).

    • Stacey Stacey

      That entire area is environmentally destroyed. The H2O is poisoned and so is the air. I don't think they will tell the people the truth because they are psychopaths and it's a lot harder for a dead person to sue them than a live person.

      Someone needs to keep an eye on them; Texas Brine and The Blue Fibbin Team members. If there is sudden mass, unexpected exodus, then you'll know, that they know, it's going to blow and it's time to go. I'm just saying.

      Just like BP, what they did was "willful Negligence" Doesn't matter if they knew of not. The fact is, they should have known. And just like BP, not one single person will be held liable or spend one day behind bars –where they belong!

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    I disagree with Cranch. It hasn't reached equilibrium, it will continue to grow. There may be periods of quiet where it doesn't seem like much is happening beyond the bubbling, but then more "burps" will come and further collapse. The gas and oil release creates cavities underground for soil to fall into, as long as there are occurring this will continue. I foresee other sinkholes occurring close by, maybe not as big as the main one, at some these bubble sites all around Bayou Corne. The bubbling is acting like a grinder, ever increasing the size of the holes in between the gas pockets and the surface. As the hole increases in size, as does the rate of gas release until you get a burp of gas come up, causing the surface to collapse down. I'm sure it's happening already either not noticed or not reported.

    • dana dana

      When this first took place, I was told by an old man who was born and raised here that this sinkhole would spread to where there are gas bubbles. If this turns out to be the case we have a long way to go and it's going to take a huge amount of land and lots more homes than just the 150 in the immediate Bayou Corne area.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Floating around in rock Mechanicsville.
    I continue to have concern about Lake Verret due to it's depth…especially if the origin of methane is at further depth than admitted to and I suspect it is.

    Erratic sands.. interbedded sands..water moving back and forth..I don't like it.

    "The lower Miocene (Oligocene?) "Planulina Formation" (FOOTNOTE 2) of South Louisiana is a sequence of interbedded sands and deep water shales beneath the Siphonina davisi zone and above the Abbeville facies of the Anahuac Formation. The "Planulina Formation", as presently known, occurs along a narrow band extending from Lake Verret in Assumption Parish westward through Cameron, Louisiana into coastal Texas.

    The first discovery of gas in Planulina sands was made in 1945 by Magnolia Petroleum Company in Mud Lake field, Cameron Parish, Louisiana. By 1963, after 18 years of exploratory effort, there were only four significant Planulina fields. Exploration was hampered by elusive structures, erratic sands, extreme correlation problems, high pressures, high drilling costs, inadequate seismic resolution, and a general lack of understanding of the geologic setting."


    Recent Developments in the Miocene Planulina Gas Trend of South Louisiana

    And now the place is Swiss cheese..

    • dana dana

      @Heart…..I've been hearing some rumblings from local officials for about the past week about Lake Veret. I think they are realizing that it's a real posibility that the lake could really be in jepordy. This would be devasting to this area in every way you can imagine. The hole is only about 450' from meeting up with Bayou Corne as it is.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    "Could Cause" is a game of guess in a dangerous situation.
    I think the best they can tell us is, what could happen.
    I don't think they really know for sure about what is or going to happen.

    Personally, I would Get Out Of Dodge. Please Be Safe..

  • gottagetoffthegrid

    Methane is lighter than air, so it wont accumulate at ground level. if there is a big burp and you are, say in a boat on the sinkhole, then you could be asphixiated, but not at any significant distance.

    now explosions are a whole other thing, because even at the Upper explosive limit, the air would be breathable, but don't light that smoke (or start the car, turn on the flashlight…)

    did you guys know there ISNT a Wikipedia page on this thing? its just mentioned as an example of a 7 acre sinkhole last time I searched. I would think that something that has no precidence in human experice, according to the experts, would warrant a page. but thats just me.

    • I would suggest you look a bit deeper… specifically: What happens when you mix Methane, Oxygen,& petrochemicals/hydrological type fluids.

      They don't need a spark.. they just go BOOM!.. all by themselves.

      Note: Methane DOES NOT need to draw extra oxygen to burn like all the other gasses… methane is NOT like any other gas!

  • paschn

    the +/- 100 year history of forcing natural gas from the Hugoton Panhandle natural gas reserve has also had some terrible effects on our continent;


    Amazing, the insanity "business men" bring to our world for nothing more than a bigger bottom line. Mind numbing in fact.

  • Explosion on oil rig in the gulf and the sinkhole?,,, plus numerous other indications SAY massive explosion or release of toxins in the air in large proportions! That whole area is a sewer of toxicity,,,man I feel for the people down there and all of us on the planet> Well lets see the government has been taken over in a secret coup that happened a long time ago, and the environment is screwed up beyond belief! Put on your knee pads and start praying!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    DOTD outlines plans to ensure public safety near Bayou Corne sinkhole
    July 30 2013