Footage of large breach at giant Louisiana sinkhole (VIDEO)

Published: May 10th, 2013 at 3:54 pm ET
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May 10, 2013 footage of breached berm at the giant sinkhole in Assumption Parish, LA:

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Published: May 10th, 2013 at 3:54 pm ET
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35 comments to Footage of large breach at giant Louisiana sinkhole (VIDEO)

  • pcjensen

    that's impressive, going to be a big flow through lake one day, maybe hooking up points far away


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Increase of sinkhole with aquifer.

    "The lake then drained into the hole, expanding the size of that hole as the soil and salt were washed into the mine by the rushing water, filling the enormous caverns left by the removal of salt over the years. The resultant whirlpool sucked in the drilling platform, eleven barges, many trees and 65 acres (260,000 m2) of the surrounding terrain. So much water drained into those caverns that the flow of the Delcambre Canal that usually empties the lake into Vermilion Bay was reversed, making the canal a temporary inlet. This backflow created, for a few days, the tallest waterfall ever in the state of Louisiana, at 164 feet (50 m), as the lake refilled with salt water from the Delcambre Canal and Vermilion Bay. The water downflowing into the mine caverns displaced air which erupted as compressed air and then later as 400-foot (120 m) geysers up through the mineshafts.[4]"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Peigneur


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    ..ADD… the pressure of oil/methane coming up..different than Lake Peigneur.


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  • irhologram

    Why different from Lake Peignoir?. It has the same foam, the same bubbles and bubbles permeate the entire region…on dry land, as well, replacing swamp gas as the methane/et al rises…Logically, Lake Peignoir HAD to be involved because one of it's caverns was likely pretty unsettled going forward after the catastrophe there…given this: ubiquitous gas has been admitted to have an unknown "continuing" source. It's coming up in Oxy 1; its in the aquifer; and its not going to stop.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Different..amount and circumference of permeation ..etc..
    In some aspects..very much the same..


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    7 reference points of oil/methane availability..here not sure about Lake Peigneur.


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  • 16Penny 16Penny

    Does anyone think all of the recent shaking might have something to do with the settlement of the sand roads? Just saying that with their next go at a more permanent berm design might use a fill with less round particles for it's core. Maybe they should pretend like they are constructing a levy in a seismically active swamp next time they have a geoengineer design their containment berm. Sand, really? If you want to see how smart that is watch the buildings on the artificial islands in Dubai next time they have an earthquake. Or just look at what is left of the berms there. Money washed down the drain that could have gone towards a real buyout and evacuation of the area.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The fact the cavern was breached on it's side…I think a big deal.


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  • irhologram

    I think the breach on the side is just a point of entry for what's entering every weak spot that can't stand the pressure of upwelling gas. I don't think this gas singled out the sinkhole, Oxy 1, the aquifer, or Lake Peignoir. It's all the same thing, as I've been saying since November when comments in this blog reported bubbling throughout the region. I do not believe referencing the 7 areas of possible entry is the same thing as identifying the mega-chamber capable of producing the gas "continuously" (and building in expanse and pressure.). Yes, migrating gas can use those points of entry, but the point of entry isn't the source. All known sources (that have been admitted) are "played out."


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    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      I agree…irhologram..
      The point of entry is not the source.
      I suspect disturbance at further depth.


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    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Mud Volcano

      They often expel methane and CO2.

      Co2 + water = Carbonic acid

      Carbonic acid dissolves limestone and other forms of calcium

      Water destroys salt

      Whole lot of sinking going on.

      I have a sinking feeling

      Is the water getting deeper or are the trees getting shorter.

      I had a feeling that some piece of heavy equipment would fall in before this was done. Makes me think about the new Geico rate sucker add. Texas Brine is a parasite.


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  • Entergy is the slumlord of nuclear.

    I have been writing about Palisades for quite some time, it is a clunker, a joke, an accident that is already happening. Read here please, its worth it.

    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2013/02/palisades-nrc-violations-shut-down-this.html


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  • irhologram

    Wait, seriously? That's a picture of what they call a berm? Zweet Cheeses. They even sandbag for hurricanes…they couldnt at least use sand bags to prevent sand shifing? In the name of GOD, was all the better they could do…bulldoze some sand in puny mounds? You know what the Bible said about building your house on sand! That is just pathetic. Anyone associated with the design of the berms should be thoroughly ashamed. You should apologize public ally, because it was so obvious this would happen, one would guess it was intentional…to create despair of hope, when YOU COULD have controlled the level of the storm water. You even had enough time to cement in the area you chose. Is the swamp, the habitat, the property, the lifestyle worth saving in a ditch WELL THOUGHT OUT effort to prevent toxins from destroying the only one of its kind, true beauty? This is a contest between them getting their way by jackass moves aimed to convert the swamp into an oil hub.or us pressuring up on them with well informed answers, for example the perimeter of the berm needs to be more like the Great Wall of China and less like a sand castle mote at the beach. How long is a valuable enough time until destruction to put in the effort? Will the sinkhole eruption tarry? If you could save this gloriously peaceful swamp for 10 years, would you demand they do it? 5 years? How many years is living in the Now worth? but, it's in the aquifer, so ultimately we've just lost paradise.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Can anyone clearly spell out the possible END GAMES for us non-geologists? Thanks.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Tic Toc Tic Toc – now with unlimited water supply gushing, salt cavern collapses will accelerate. Old FUKUCORNE is about to wakey wakey. Mr. Landry – time to leave sir………..


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    ..intenal fracturing of the salt dome..involvement of other caverns…full dome collapse..
    The oil/methane is deriving from lower below in the salt sheet layer…perhaps trouble in other domes…easy points of entry..lake bottoms etc.
    The oil/methane will continue to look for the path of least resistance…geological damage will upset faulting providing further access for the geomaterials…further faulting.

    Pressure build ups and release..
    So forth..
    Large and small explosions through time…possible.

    FUBAR..


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    sorry, could someone describe the source and destination of this water flow?


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    • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

      codeshutdown….the water is flowing from the swamp, in to the inside of the berms, where the sinkhole is.

      Lots of rain, and increasing water levels from north to south flow of the Mississippi has increased the swamp level (no effect on inside of berm) to the point that it overtopped the unfinished berm.

      The worry, for me, is that now there will be little room left inside the berm for rain, and I have to wonder how long before this has a reverse effect.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The motion and weight will/is having an effect on the sinkhole.
    Pressure build up will designate the reverse effect.


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      pressure is a consequence of over all height of water, not so much the surface area, but the volume, the movement is impressive. If it keeps going, it could indicate caverns are filling in with water. watch for whirlpools. If its simple flooding, the pollution will drain off with the flood water, a good indication of events to come. Salt dome meddling is a little like mountain top removal; man is a narrow eyed sicko, worthy of contempt


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Umm..I had entered in the pressure of rising oil/methane..as well.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Door Point: A Buried Volcano In Southeast Louisiana – A Paper Written in 1976
    March 10 2013..

    http://idk5536.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/door-point-a-buried-volcano-in-southeast-louisiana-a-paper-written-in-1976/


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    NWS: Flash flood watch until 7 p.m. for southeast La., south Miss.
    At least 7,000 Kenner Entergy customers were without power
    May 11 2013..

    http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/nws-flash-flood-watch-issued-for-southeast-la-south-miss/-/9853400/20107722/-/o5ol5y/-/index.html


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Someone a bit more forceful of word..

    Sunday Weather: Mild winds, scattered showers with a chance of . . . CATASTROPHIC FLOODING & rad waste release
    May 11 2013

    http://lasinkhole.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/sunday-weather/


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