Expert: ‘Small blips’ of Hydrogen Sulfide detected in aquifer near giant sinkhole (VIDEO)

Published: December 20th, 2012 at 1:38 pm ET
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Title: Bayou Corne Resident MTG
Source: rainbeaudais
Date: Dec 18, 2012
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Part 6 at 7:45 in

Gary Hecox, a Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure Inc. geologist working on the issue for the State of Louisiana: Hydrogen Sulfide […] we’re talking about what’s coming out of the ground with all this other stuff.

The detections we’ve had are in the Oxy 3A cavern. We detected it in the caprock well.

We have seen small blips, now these are short term, in the aquifer. I believe it was on the [?] property, [?] detected some H2S over there. And our geoprobe well logs […] we’ve seen small blips that only last for a few seconds of H2S, what that means is we’re getting small amounts of hydrogen sulfide in the well hole.

Right now, and I’ve worked H2S environments for a lot of years, there is no current, immediate threat to the public because everybody in this room knows this thing changes almost every day. [Is this a basis to claim there is no current, immediate threat to the public?]

We have to monitor it. In Shaw Operations we made the decision when the H2S first showed up we’re going to handle it as a hydrogen sulfide job. And going forward that’s how we’re going to handle it because we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. Sometimes we don’t what’s going to happen in a couple hours. It’s changing all the time. We have to protect our workers. We’re handling this a hydrogen sulfide job. […]

Part 6 at 12:00

Hecox: Right now folks, to be honest with you I think we’ve got enough challenges we’re facing. We know it’s there, but I recommended to folks working that we leave the H2S alone for now. We know it’s down there, but let’s leave it there for now, while we deal with everything else that we’ve got in front of us.

We’re not going to ignore it, but right now it’s not going to benefit anybody to be bringing a lot of H2S to the surface.

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