Louisiana officials request ‘worst-case analysis’ of risk to cavern with almost a million barrels of butane — Concerned about ‘possible release’ — Pipeline was ‘bent’ when massive sinkhole expanded

Published: August 14th, 2012 at 8:17 pm ET


Title: State wants updated risk plan on nearby cavern
Source: AP
Date: August 14, 2012 at 4:48p ET

State agencies say they’ve asked the company owning a natural gas pipeline that was bent by an expanding sinkhole in Assumption Parish for an updated risk management plan on a nearby butane storage cavern.


The cavern houses 940,000 barrels of butane.

Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Peggy Hatch says she’s asked for an updated worst-case analysis out of “an abundance of caution.” She said Tuesday that she wants the analysis to include the possible release of the largest amount of butane in the cavern.

Officials say they expect the analysis to be in by Wednesday.


Published: August 14th, 2012 at 8:17 pm ET


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16 comments to Louisiana officials request ‘worst-case analysis’ of risk to cavern with almost a million barrels of butane — Concerned about ‘possible release’ — Pipeline was ‘bent’ when massive sinkhole expanded

  • CB CB

    CB's worst-case analysis ….. A really big dirty bomb.

  • patb2009

    Analysis due by Wednesday, of course, the damn thing may blow sky high long before then.

  • patb2009

    1 Gallon of Butane = 103,000 BTU.
    42 Gallons in an oil barrel,
    so figure 500,000 BTU per barrel or
    5EE5 BTU/Barrel
    multiply by 1 Million
    5 EE 11 or just under 1 trillion BTU

    works out to about 252 KTon, now it may not all go at once, but Hiroshima was 16 kTon,
    so, could be truly exciting, in that watching Khali dance kind of way

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      130,000(BTU / Gal) x 42(Gal / Bl.)= 5.46 EE6 (BTU / Barrel)

      I am perfectly fine with estimating but you missed a decimal place in the first multiplication problem. Using your stats (1mil barrels, 103k BTU/gal and 42 gal/barrel)you should get:

      1,377 kTon or
      1.377 MEGATON!! which is approx 86 Hiroshima's

      I am aware of other calculations putting it near 100 times and I think they were using a larger volume of gas (I think 1.4 mil barrels).

  • arclight arclight

    then there was this.. 🙁

    Nuclear reactor in Connecticut shut down


  • Anthony Anthony


    Bad story.

  • TheWorldIsBlind

    great. i live in ct. of course youd never hear about this unless you browse enenews. i swear no
    one around here has any clue about whats going on in our backyards let alone whats going on at fuku

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    We don't want industries putting our neighborhoods in danger. It isn't "ok".

  • CB CB

    Sinkhole: H-Bomb explosion equivalent in Bayou Corne possible ~ examiner
    The 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane 1500 feet from the sinkhole has an explosive capacity of 100 Hiroshima nuclear bombs, 1.5 times the explosive force of the largest thermonuclear weapon in current service in the U.S., according to Wikipedia scientific data and popular citizen reporter, Dutchsince, and confirmed by Dupré's sources this weekend.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Nuclear waste in salt caverns – not a good idea. Mark posted something on another thread about the Asse nuclear waste dump in Germany which is an old salt mine and on the brink of collapse and being flooded by groundwater (currently, 12 tons daily are leaking in).
    Nuclear waste drums were literally thrown in between 1967 and 1978 – this dump was meant to last eternally (said the polititians, haha).
    Here's a 36 sec.-animation showing what it looks like – the red caverns are the one filled with waste. Now HOW on earth should anyone get the stuff out of there? 🙁