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Louisiana Sinkhole is #1 on BBC — “Terrifying Sinkhole Swallows Up Entire Trees In Seconds” — “Must-see: Trees Disappear” (VIDEOS)

SOURCE: Assumption Parish

The Advocate: Sinking trees (Video)

Mirror Online:  Dramatic video shows sinkhole swallowing up trees in less than a minute

FOX17: Must-see Video: Trees Disappear in Underwater Sinkhole

Gawker: Terrifying Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Up Entire Trees In Seconds

SOURCE: BBC Most Watched Videos

Metro News: Gigantic Louisiana sinkhole swallows dozens . . . → Read More: Louisiana Sinkhole is #1 on BBC — “Terrifying Sinkhole Swallows Up Entire Trees In Seconds” — “Must-see: Trees Disappear” (VIDEOS)

New footage of Louisiana sinkhole shows oil sheen covering surface — “At 500 feet, air is thick with smell of crude” during recent flyover — Officials plan in case subsidence forces highway to shut down (VIDEO)

The Advocate, Aug. 14, 2013: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is investigating alternatives in case subsidence around the sinkhole forces the highway to be shut down. [...] they are conducting constant monitoring of La. 70 that has not raised concerns about subsidence that would force the closure of the highway.

Mother Jones, Aug. . . . → Read More: New footage of Louisiana sinkhole shows oil sheen covering surface — “At 500 feet, air is thick with smell of crude” during recent flyover — Officials plan in case subsidence forces highway to shut down (VIDEO)

Official films ‘burp event’ at giant Louisiana sinkhole — Intense bubbling across several large areas (VIDEO)

Title: 10:25 a.m. Sinkhole Burp, 08/08/2013 Source:  Assumption Parish Police Jury Date: August 9, 2013

On yesterday afternoon there was a burp event at the sinkhole which was captured on video [...]

Watch the burp event here

Gov’t: Contaminants in giant sinkhole could spread to freshwater swampland — Benzene is entering groundwater — Damage to ‘Louisiana Coastal Zone’

Title: Louisiana suing Texas Brine over Assumption sinkhole Source: The Advocate Author: David J. Mitchell Date: August 4, 2013

[...] The state suit alleges that Texas Brine and Occidental mined the salt dome cavern “to the point that the cavern became structurally unstable, thereby causing the collapse of the cavern and damage to Louisiana’s . . . → Read More: Gov’t: Contaminants in giant sinkhole could spread to freshwater swampland — Benzene is entering groundwater — Damage to ‘Louisiana Coastal Zone’

UK Reporter: Gas bubbling up like ‘small underwater geysers’ around giant Louisiana sinkhole; Widespread methane leakage — General: Big environmental groups ignoring disaster

Title: A way of life on the brink of extinction in the Louisiana bayous Source: The Independent Author: David Usborne Date: August 4, 2013

[...] “Did they tell you it’s still growing?” [Bayou Corne resident Mike Schaff] asks, before pointing to a faint oil sheen you could only see from up here.

Among those . . . → Read More: UK Reporter: Gas bubbling up like ‘small underwater geysers’ around giant Louisiana sinkhole; Widespread methane leakage — General: Big environmental groups ignoring disaster

Newspaper: Giant Louisiana sinkhole now over 20 times larger than last year — It’s “taken on a volcano-like quality”

Title: One year later: Bayou Corne sinkhole still a mystery Source: The Advocate Author: David Mitchell Date: August 1, 2013

[...] Since that day, one year ago Saturday, the 24-acre sinkhole has grown by a factor of more than 20 and taken on a volcano-like quality. The sinkhole has dormant periods and active periods, . . . → Read More: Newspaper: Giant Louisiana sinkhole now over 20 times larger than last year — It’s “taken on a volcano-like quality”

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

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

Blowout in Gulf still leaking? Scientists checking for pollution are not allowed within 5 miles of site — Sheen continues to be observed — Fire boats remain nearby — Gas could “impact offshore ecosystems”

AP, July 27, 2013: Rig relief for well being positioned at gas leak [...] Federal authorities say a rig is being positioned to drill a relief well for a gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico [...] The relief well could intercept the leaking well and seal it [...] The leak is from a . . . → Read More: Blowout in Gulf still leaking? Scientists checking for pollution are not allowed within 5 miles of site — Sheen continues to be observed — Fire boats remain nearby — Gas could “impact offshore ecosystems”

Crude oil seen in water by blowout in Gulf — AP: Sheen reported each day since incident began — First estimated at 7,000 gallons a day (PHOTOS)

SkyTruth, July 24, 2013: We just saw this report filed (we assume) by Walter Oil and Gas with the Coast Guard’s National Response Center claiming that there is a crude oil spill associated with this incident, and estimating that the spill rate is 7 barrels (294 gallons) per hour.

SOURCE: On Wings of . . . → Read More: Crude oil seen in water by blowout in Gulf — AP: Sheen reported each day since incident began — First estimated at 7,000 gallons a day (PHOTOS)

Expert: Blown-out well in Gulf remains “plenty dangerous” — Will material plugging flow of gas hold? — New flyover of rig carcass (VIDEO)

The Advocate, July 26, 2013: Company catches break: Sand and sediment chokes off flow of natural gas well in Gulf [...] [Adam “Ted” Bourgoyne, a former dean of the college of engineering at Louisiana State University]  anticipates that the material may have been “lifted all the way to the surface by the flowing gas, . . . → Read More: Expert: Blown-out well in Gulf remains “plenty dangerous” — Will material plugging flow of gas hold? — New flyover of rig carcass (VIDEO)

Burning well in Gulf has ‘bridged over’ — “Sand and sediment collapsed into area being drilled, blocking the line” — Feds say gas flow stopped, fire decreasing (PHOTO)

Sky News: In a Thursday news release, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) says the well “bridged over”, meaning sand and sediment collapsed into the area being drilled, blocking the line.

Reuters: Fire at Gulf rig decreased, natural gas flow stopped -Regulators

Times Picayune: BSEE and Coast Guard officials state that . . . → Read More: Burning well in Gulf has ‘bridged over’ — “Sand and sediment collapsed into area being drilled, blocking the line” — Feds say gas flow stopped, fire decreasing (PHOTO)

PHOTO: Parts of Gulf rig now “melting and falling” into sea — Drill floor and derrick collapse

Title: Drilling rig on fire, begins to collapse; relief well to be drilled Source: WWL TV Author: David Hammer Date: July 24, 2013 at 3:47p ET

Drilling rig on fire, begins to collapse; relief well to be drilled [...]

“Gulf of Mexico rig exploded Tuesday evening, causing drill floor and derrick to collapse” . . . → Read More: PHOTO: Parts of Gulf rig now “melting and falling” into sea — Drill floor and derrick collapse

Expert: Blaze on Gulf rig may last for months; Workers hit “high-pressure gas pocket” — Official: “At this point, they’re going to let it burn out”

Title: Rig fire in Gulf may burn for 2 months, officials say Source: The Advocate Author: Richard Thompson Date: July 24, 2013

Rig fire in Gulf may burn for 2 months, officials say [...] “They don’t have any choice right now,” said Eric Smith, an associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute.

Smith believes . . . → Read More: Expert: Blaze on Gulf rig may last for months; Workers hit “high-pressure gas pocket” — Official: “At this point, they’re going to let it burn out”

PHOTO: Burning rig in Gulf “begins to implode” — Support beams folded and collapsed — Gov’t “very tight-lipped about what’s going on with rig today” — Firefighting vessels forced to move away

Wall St. Journal, July 24, 2013 at 12:31p ET: Gas-Drilling Rig Begins to Implode in Gulf of Mexico [...] A drilling rig that caught fire off the coast of Louisiana Tuesday night has started to collapse in on itself as natural gas continues to leak [...] firefighting vessels that were in the area had . . . → Read More: PHOTO: Burning rig in Gulf “begins to implode” — Support beams folded and collapsed — Gov’t “very tight-lipped about what’s going on with rig today” — Firefighting vessels forced to move away

CNN: Explosion in Gulf of Mexico; Fire erupts after blowout — ABC: “Major environmental threat may be unfolding” (VIDEO)

AP, July 24, 2013 at 2:26a ET (h/t RadChick, Anonymous tips): Fire breaks out on evacuated Gulf of Mexico oil rig after natural gas blowout [...] A fire has broken out on a blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil rig, the feds have confirmed. [...]

NBC News, July 24, 2013 at 5:13a ET: Blaze erupts . . . → Read More: CNN: Explosion in Gulf of Mexico; Fire erupts after blowout — ABC: “Major environmental threat may be unfolding” (VIDEO)

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

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

Video: Official unable to find bottom of giant Louisiana sinkhole during depth survey — All of 750 foot measuring cord used

Title: 1:50 p.m. Update Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury Date: July 20, 2013

John Boudreaux has reported another depth survey has been completed in the center of the sinkhole.

A video has been posted on YouTube showing that 750′ of cord was used and all 750′ went down to bottom.

This information has been sent . . . → Read More: Video: Official unable to find bottom of giant Louisiana sinkhole during depth survey — All of 750 foot measuring cord used

Louisiana sinkhole now 24 acres — Officials issue cease and desist order after gas found “approaching explosive level” coming from hole in front of homes

WWL – AM870, July 21, 2013: Parish workers discovered water and debris moving inside the containment berm area early Friday. Bubbles on the water’s surface indicated a gas release, and there were tremors felt in the area. [...]  The periodic ‘burp’ was the second in two days and the fourth in the past two-and-a-half . . . → Read More: Louisiana sinkhole now 24 acres — Officials issue cease and desist order after gas found “approaching explosive level” coming from hole in front of homes

Hydrogeologist: I’m not kidding, we honestly don’t know what’s going on in cavern below giant sinkhole — “Nobody’s ever encountered anything like this in history of mankind” — World’s top experts don’t even have a good hypothesis — Wellhead pressure now up to almost 600 psi (VIDEO)

Title: Public Briefing 7/16/13 Published by: assumptionla July 17, 2013

At 5:00 in

Gary Hecox, CB&I hydrogeologist: This is going to not satisfy you, but we honestly don’t know.

We have talked to some of the leading experts in the world as too what could be causing this. We don’t know. Nobody’s ever encountered . . . → Read More: Hydrogeologist: I’m not kidding, we honestly don’t know what’s going on in cavern below giant sinkhole — “Nobody’s ever encountered anything like this in history of mankind” — World’s top experts don’t even have a good hypothesis — Wellhead pressure now up to almost 600 psi (VIDEO)

Officials: ‘Burp event’ underway at giant Louisiana sinkhole — “Lots of activity” — “Abundant surface water movement” (VIDEO)

Title: 10:30 a.m. Sinkhole, Increased Activity Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury Date: July 19, 2013

There is lots of activity on the sinkhole this morning. Dr Horton reports that this increase in activity started about 5:00 a.m. (this morning).

There is abundant surface water movement [...]

Also, currently, a burp event is occurring in . . . → Read More: Officials: ‘Burp event’ underway at giant Louisiana sinkhole — “Lots of activity” — “Abundant surface water movement” (VIDEO)

Expert: Over 200 million cubic feet of gas in area under giant Louisiana sinkhole (VIDEO)

Title: Public Briefing 7/16/13 Published by: assumptionla July 17, 2013

At 9:00 in

Don Marlin: Approximate volume in the 5 zones — the two probable ones are about 60 million cubic feet of gas; the 3 possible ones are 150 million cubic feet of gas. […]

Watch the presentation . . . → Read More: Expert: Over 200 million cubic feet of gas in area under giant Louisiana sinkhole (VIDEO)

Problem at ANOTHER cavern in salt dome near giant Louisiana sinkhole — “Automatic emergency systems” engaged — No ‘immediate’ safety risk to public

Title: State looking into piping problem in cavern near Bayou Corne sinkhole Source: The Advocate Author: DAVID J. MITCHELL Date: July 18, 2013

An internal piping problem inside a Dow Hydrocarbons underground storage cavern in Assumption Parish prompted automatic emergency systems to burn off propylene and shut the cavity.

Dow officials are working on . . . → Read More: Problem at ANOTHER cavern in salt dome near giant Louisiana sinkhole — “Automatic emergency systems” engaged — No ‘immediate’ safety risk to public