Army General (Ret.): Giant Louisiana sinkhole is “unprecedented environmental disaster” — Concern about failure of another cavern nearby — Butane still being added to salt dome

Published: August 1st, 2013 at 3:10 pm ET


Title: Honore: Focus on Bayou Corne sinkhole, environment, not just business tax breaks
Source: Bayou Buzz
Date: July 31, 2013

Russel L. Honoré,  retired Lieutenant General […] responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast

On August 3, 2013 the community of Bayou Corne located near the Napoleonville Salt Dome will be observing the Commemoration of the day they were forced out of their homes due to the negligence and apathy of the company, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and the public officials who have not loudly voiced an end to the devastation of our beautiful state. […]

Today the sinkhole has grown to 22 acres, at least 700 feet deep, failure of another cavern nearby as well as the risk of Hwy. 70.

Bayou Corne, Assumption Parish, sinkhole is an unprecedented environmental disaster. Geologists say they have never dealt with anything quite like it before, but the sinkhole has made few headlines beyond the local media.

Over 50 storage caverns in that area. One storage facility is still adding butane to their cavern. 19,284 barrels of butane from July 15 to July 22, 2013. […]

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Published: August 1st, 2013 at 3:10 pm ET


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13 comments to Army General (Ret.): Giant Louisiana sinkhole is “unprecedented environmental disaster” — Concern about failure of another cavern nearby — Butane still being added to salt dome

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    They thought it was a great idea; hollow out skyscraper size caverns in the earths pristine -water soluble- salt domes and store mass quantities of toxic stuff. Did you see how close some of those caverns are to each other? What to say that they expand with use, and that there are faults running through them? KAA RAA ZEEEE

    If you make voids, they will eventually collapse. If you generate poison, eventually things get poisoned. This is the simple truth they cant grasp

    • Ourself Ourself

      “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
      ~Upton Sinclair

      • closetGENIUS

        This is just an example of corporate influences on a bureaucratic process that requires governmental enforcement.

        In other words, texas brine has to do something people bayou persons are being effected. people are literally doing their jobs while upper management squabbles or passes the torch to someone paid less than he.

  • sweet pea sweet pea
    the 2 videos at the link won't play and there is no clear way to contact anyone at that site. The only offer I see is signing into facebook! no way!
    Who are the fools who are carrying this out and enabling this to happen?! Moe, curly or Larry? Shemp has more sense.

  • closetGENIUS

    I have been watching this story since it was a 3×3 puddle in a bunch of trees in a small neighbourhood somewhere in the us. This is a classic case of TEPCO styles mismanagement directly influencing otherwise isolated communities

    I have been increasingly aware of this issue since then. From my research, i believe this dome is sitting on top of a giant aquifier. They hoped it would burst into that and "settle" and disappear.

    Now we are being informed via their censored technocrat approach (not in the nedia, rely on junk scientists) that more domes may merge and layers of geology may melt tkgether.

    • "An electromagnetic pulse that could have knocked electrical equipment over continent-scale regions barely missed Earth two weeks ago.

      "'A Carrington-class coronal mass ejection crossed the orbit of the Earth and just missed us,’ said Peter Vincent Pry, who served on the Congressional EMP Threat Commission. ‘Basically this is a Russian roulette thing. We narrowly escaped disaster.’"

      Read more:


      I stock up on nuts. They pack a lot of nutrition and calories in small amounts. But the problem with food scarcity would be nothing compared with the social upheaval a major disaster would unleash. The book One Second After by William Forstchen spells it out rather well.

      Past experiences with smaller and localized disasters like Katrina and Sandy show that authorities are no help at all and that we're on our own.


    • ftlt

      Mark, as well they should… A large New Madrid EQ will be devastating…

      The general lack of preparedness in the entire region of the Mississippi and Ohio valleys is inexcusable given the know risk there.. The forecast impact radius of big event on that fault for damage and threat to life is mind boggling… Alluvial soils are to blame…

      That said, I doubt, anyone has a clear idea of the threat levels presented by the fault on a time scale that would give a meaningful chance for a mobilization for an earthquake there

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Have you ever seen a small can of butane shot by a 22 cal rifle bullet? It makes a heck of a hole in the ground & a huge fire ball! What would a salt dome filled with butane do the state of LA? I don't know but I would not want to be with end 600 miles if the damn thing went off! Then what about the nuke plants close by, all the pipe lines & chemical storage above ground & under, military ammo stock piles & Lord who knows what else these corporations have paid off the politicians to pump into the ground? 600 miles may be to damn close if these chemicals mix & go BOOM with out any warning? Then the winds from the Gulf flow up the Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio Valleys right to the Eastern Sea Board, that's a lot of land it would cover! I am sure the folks at the capital & White House will find their way to the bunkers we tax payers paid for! For the rest of us, we are on our on!

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      In fact the opposite..the government's stalling to tell the truth..handicaps the people..from making decisions and taking action well in advance.


    Their obvious lack of success with this sinkhole situation is just an example of how unsuccessful our experts will be during a Fukushima like event in the U.S.

    • JPH

      Can anyone here guess what the timeline is for the groundwater and aquifer to start pouring into the salt dome? Based on the growth rate of the sinkhole, I say less than 6 months.