Officials report gas is detected underneath homes near giant Louisiana sinkhole

Published: April 3rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm ET


Assumption Parish Police Jury, 10:45 a ET: Texas Brine contractors have reported and verified that a home on a slab, located on Sauce Piquante Lane, has the presence of gas under the slab of both the home and the shed. Monitoring will continue to check for gas presence at this location.

Assumption Parish Police Jury, 11:20a ET: It has now been reported to Assumption Parish officials that a second home located on Sauce Piquante Lane has had the presence of gas found under the slab of the home.

WAFB, 12:13p ET: Gas found under slab of home near sinkhole […] Contractors reported finding the presence of gas under a home near the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana. According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury Blog, Texas Brine verified the gas is located under the slab of both the home and the shed. The home is on Sauce Piquante Lane in Bayou Corne. Officials said monitoring will continue to check for gas at the site. […]

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Published: April 3rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm ET


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18 comments to Officials report gas is detected underneath homes near giant Louisiana sinkhole

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Residents affected are urged to shelter in place and refrain from smoking until Gov. Jindal's Blue Ribbon Commission on Safety can meet to determine if the gas can legally be proven to have any relation to the sinkhole. Residents will be notified by mail in the next three weeks of the panel's conclusions. Until then, all rumors should be directed to the DHS Rumor Trailer for denial.

    Meanwhile, the Mayor of Hackberry wishes to remind Bayou Corne residents that he has miles of pristine bayou ready for development and plenty of future jobs. The city has purchased a moving trailer and some furniture pads for their Holy Frack – Hack is Back! incentive. The equipment is available for use by anyone relocating to 'Li'l TEPCO'.

    • norbu norbu

      So… that would also mean do not light your stove top burners, oven, hot water heater, furnace, for they all have spark. Back to the stone age.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      You are the master of sublime /sarc, PWIII!

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Notice none of the articles explains what kind of gas it is they're finding. H2S, maybe?

    At what point will combustion occur? That's the pressing question.

    Would it take out Paincourtville? Napoleonville and Donaldsonville? Up into Baton Rouge?

    Or half of Louisiana?

    Sure glad Jindal is on top of this . . . Nothing but amateurs in charge. You don't see any news about international experts being brought in to solve the puzzles. What a joke.

    • Thad

      Latest scientific group

      There has been a scientific group since the beginning starting with the Shaw Engineering.
      Would not think of Dr. Hecox and associates as amateurs–

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        With Shaw's history, I wouldn't mention them on this forum:

        'Pay attention to The Shaw Group; it just might become the next Enron-type scandal.'

        "The most inexpensive way to meet your SQ [Service Quality, TL 9000) is to lie. The industry does it all the time. The government team I worked with caught them once, in 1988, at the Shoreham plant in New York. Correcting the SQ problem at Shoreham would have cost a cool billion, so engineers were told to change the tests from "failed" to "passed."

        The company that put in the false safety report? Stone & Webster, now the nuclear unit of Shaw Construction, which will work with TEPCO to build the Texas plant. Lord help us."

        – Greg Palast

        I leave it to others to properly define 'amateurs'. Maybe there's a better word for people that work for killer corporations that lie and cheat as a way of conducting business.

        • PavewayIII PavewayIII

          Law360, New York (November 08, 2012, 3:19 PM ET) — A jury on Wednesday convicted a former medical manager for Tennessee Valley Authority-contracted construction company Shaw Group Inc., finding him guilty of eight counts of fraud in a federal indictment claiming he falsified safety records at TVA power plants to collect over $1.2 million in bonuses.

          In a unanimous decision, the jury found that former medical case manager Walter Cardin participated in a scheme to underreport personnel injuries at three TVA power plants in order to ensure that Shaw received bonuses for maintaining safe working conditions

        • Thad

          Time Is Short
          Actually it was Shaw Engineering in the beginning but there has been some changes and no longer is– I could look up their name but why bother they would not meet your approval either–

        • PavewayIII PavewayIII

          "…In the wake of Fukushima, where what amounted to a "design basis" earthquake (~8.0 at the facility) led to the gravest nuclear disaster the world has ever seen – ongoing as I write – we have been reassured by the NRC that all our nuclear plants are certified to be seismically qualified. No doubt because some NRC flunky or other pulled the files and confirmed that Stone & Webster or Bechtel or some other notorious nuclear building contracting outfit's senior engineers had signed off on the "SQ Tests" back in the day. How comforting…"

          They don't even need to falsify qualifications of the junk electrical distribution equipment. It was never seismically qualified at Fukushima, it isn't at Savannah River and it's not seismically qualified at any U.S. NPP plants except as some regulator's fantasy.

          The power to critical systems *will* be compromised during an earthquake. Whistleblowers who claim otherwise will be destroyed by the NRC and licensees.

  • Jake

    I think the entire state of Louisiana is in danger! The combination of dangerous chemicals and gas underneath is obviously everywhere!

    I also believe it is also a potential danger to the rest of the United States as we see sinkholes emerging at a rapid rate.

    • Jake

      Now there are reports of a strong gas smell in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish!

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The geological theory and map of the 'extended' New Madrid fault, from the Gulf to Canada:

      New Orleans are Jefferson Parish are certainly within the borders of Reed's new mapping.

      This is the theory that got Matt Simmons killed, for mentioning it to the MSM.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short


        New Orleans 'AND' Jefferson Parish.

      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        Sabine Pass would be the beginning or end of the zipper for New Madrid. Great place to build a LNG plant. The customers are already lining up behind TEPCO:

        March 25 (Bloomberg) — Centrica Plc, the U.K.’s largest household energy supplier, signed a 20-year deal to import natural gas from the U.S., securing supplies as production from British North Sea fields decline.

        Centrica will buy 1.75 million metric tons a year of liquefied natural gas from Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, the Windsor, England-based company said today. That’s equivalent to the demand of 1.8 million U.K. homes. The deal can be extended for another 10 years, it said. Prices will be linked to Henry Hub, the U.S. gas benchmark, and deliveries will start in September 2018.

  • lickerface lickerface

    And now there's a new movie coming out with sinkholes in the preview:

    Is this some hint by those who know more than us?

  • Thad

    Panic-fest over.
    People at Bayou Corne have known for some time that there is methane migrating up from the aquifer through the soil. And coming up against a house slab would be blocked..
    The houses and shed in question were under test. No methane had been detected in the house. The slabs the houses were built on were drld and the soil underneath was tested.