Comparison photos show significant sinkhole growth on other side of gas pipeline — WAFB: It’s continuing to grow; Company: No change in size (PHOTOS)

Published: October 15th, 2012 at 7:44 pm ET


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WAFB, Oct. 15, 2012: The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. The sinkhole, or slurry, is consuming land and trees.

Texas Brine, LLC: No observable changes reported at sinkhole from Oct. 11 -15

Here is what the grass access road over the pipeline used to look like on August 3, 2012:

Here’s the remnants of the grass access road over the pipeline on October 15, 2012:

Watch more flyover video of the sinkhole area from earlier today here

Published: October 15th, 2012 at 7:44 pm ET


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14 comments to Comparison photos show significant sinkhole growth on other side of gas pipeline — WAFB: It’s continuing to grow; Company: No change in size (PHOTOS)

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    It seems like the rate of sinkhole expansion is increasing exponentially. It may get to a point where the size doubles overnight.

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  • markww markww

    To stop the domes the one thing they can possibly do is to have drain the cavern and as it is draining put in a special air dynamic concrete to re shore up the rock structures sides and bottom and then should be OK just a thought , I am throwing something out there. To stop the fume release put some AFFF straight about 5 gallons on top pour it on and will seal the fumes and nasty smells would put a cap on it.That way the people won't breath the poisonous fumes.


  • dosdos dosdos

    Just remember that there are two areas underwater, the sinkhole and the subsidence area. The sinkhole goes down for quite a distance, 400 feet being the last max measurement I remember being posted. The subsidence area is underwater, but it's not much more than a few feet deep. With the condition of the water, it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Trees still standing are obviously in the subsidence area.

    Officials are not making this distinction when they talk about the size of the sinkhole. It makes it difficult to tell exactly how much of the water covered area is the actual hole.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      440 feet, as of 10-10-2012, here is diagram of underwater/slurry dimensions..

      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        Interesting when you consider some of the other information they managed to squeak out. BTW, thanks for the link, Cataclysmic. I missed that whenever they published it.

        The aquifier gas pockets are at 40' and 100', meaning there's some kind of barrier layer trapping the gas from rising at those levels. Clay or thick silt, I suppose.

        Look at those same levels in the hole profile. The 40' edge shows up, but the 100' layer is very distinct. It forms (or would have formed) the natural bottom an is still holding up on the North, East and South sides. The West side is slumping in. It looks like the sinkhole growth will be mostly to the West for a while.

        The 55' hole in the middle of that layer is the main vent. They measured it to 440' which is right at the top edge of the cap rock. This is already at the extreme northwest edge of the entire cap rock formation, so its not penetrating the top of the cap rock – its flowing around the outside edge.

        Best case is they can fill in the vent and hope it stays in place. Worst case is a 900 psi geyser of crude and natural gas flowing up that vent until the source formation is empty.

  • irhologram

    The trouble is: If you seal it up 'HERE,' it will just find or fracture a way out 'THERE.' I think it's very interesting that Sen. Markey, in another of today's ene stories is calling basically for proof the Maconda well ISN'T active…but it's tricky wording because tests of the oil sheen seen on top already proves it IS. BUT oil sheens have been seen on top at interverals all along and it was business as usual, then. No Congressman said: we've got to get a camera down there and broadcast it live over the internet! Not that it means much IMO. How long do you think it would be before the Senate could take a vote, which, incidentally wouldn't bind BP anyway? I view this as more of a signal…that the connection at the Continental shelf between the Coastal aquafer and the BP fractured ocean floor is about to be "outed."

  • markww markww

    if you do not stabilize the dome underground the whole underground would crash in on itself,so you have to reinforce it to make it structurally safe. If not you have a void and everything will tumble like dominoes.


  • irhologram

    Mark, I realize Lake Peigneur collapsed, but wasn't it due to having a vacated area beneath it? In this case, we have pressure, and as soon as the gas is evacuated, the crude pushes up from the BOTTOM of the sinkhole. If this is due to Macondo breaching horizontally across the Continental shelf into the Coastal aquafer, which merges with the Mississippi aquafer, the game has changed. The pressure is from UNDERNEATH and if its sealed in, IMO, it will just explode somewhere else. The only Lake Peigneur-like affect would be sucking down or shifting masses in the Gulf of Gulf of Mexico to compensate for the cavity that will develop as material finds its way into less overhead pressure in the aquafer at 1000psi, when the clay/loam can only support 75psi. Add this to it. Two munitions bunkers exploded last night…READ bunkers…underground…in NW Lousinana and Huntsville Alabama. They tried to blame it on a meteor show, which did not show up on radar, but flashes of light were seen on the ground, as well as loud booms and houses shaking nearly off foundations. Sound familiar. There was also a debree field of ash.