Local TV: Poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide gas below giant Louisiana sinkhole (VIDEO)

Published: November 21st, 2012 at 2:54 pm ET
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Title: High levels of dangerous gas discovered at sinkhole
Source: WAFB
Author: Amber Stegall
Date: Nov 20, 2012

According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury website, Texas Brine has reported high levels of Hydrogen Sulfide from their sonic vent well that is drilled into the cap rock at the giant sinkhole near Grand Bayou and Bayou Corne.

Hydrogen Sulfide is a poisonous, flammable gas and has a very bad odor. The smell is described as the smell of rotten eggs. Unlike methane, it is heavier than air and collects at low to the ground levels. No community air monitors have detected Hydrogen Sulfide.

The well was shut down due to these levels. This vent well is the deepest vent well on the property. The Department of Natural Resources’ contractor, The Shaw Group, is currently investigating. Assumption Parish officials are currently waiting on additional details from DNR. [...]

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Published: November 21st, 2012 at 2:54 pm ET
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15 comments to Local TV: Poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide gas below giant Louisiana sinkhole (VIDEO)

  • dosdos dosdos

    H2S is often found in fracking well, when the fracking compound encounters a sulfur deposit. That they were monitoring for it indicates that they probably expected to find some in the cavern.


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  • jec jec

    Report of H2S affects..more than anyone wants to know, but it is NOT a gas to mess with!
    http://www.inchem.org/documents/ehc/ehc/ehc019.htm


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  • jec jec

    And there are some disasters caused by these gases–it can be serious (no kidding):
    Poza Rica, Mexico, 1950
    The disaster which struck Poza Rica, a town of 15,000 people on the Gulf of Mexico, originated from an accident at one of the local factories which recovers sulfur room natural gas. The release of hydrogen sulfide into the ambient air lasted for only 25 minutes. The spread of the gas under a shallow inversion with foggy and calm conditions killed 22 people and hospitalized 320.

    Cincinnati, Ohio. 1968

    A similar accident with a fortunately less tragic ending occurred on August 25, 1968, in Cincinnati. About 2,500 pounds of SO2 escaped into the air from a burst pipe at a chemical plant located in the northern industrial part of Cincinnati. The release of SO2 started at mid night and lasted for about 8 hours. People who are staying at about 200 meters to the east of the plant were affected. People were awakened by a rotten-egg smell and difficulty in breathing. Fortunately nobody was killed.


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  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    Wow, they find toxic gas, right before a major Holiday, and right after the story about not being able to find anybody to work..

    How about all those shareholders? anybody?

    ..obviously, they are not willing to pay workers enough money to make it worth their while to make time.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Who on here remembers my nuke waste dump hypothesis regarding the salt domes because of the radioactive readings they spoke about early in this sinkhole reporting?


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  • gr81 gr81

    The wells were added just to VENT excessive pressure.

    So are all the venting wells plugged?

    If there is insufficient venting, doesn't the pressure rise enough then to cause the gasses to just escape any and everywhere around the salt dome area?

    There are H2S removal systems (more expense) that could be added so that venting can still be accomplished. Probably can't do during holidays either tho. :-(


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  • many moons

    The video ends with the ever assuring voice saying…"the gas is not at detectable levels and the wells have been shut down…." sounds like the problem has been resolved……but it hasn't….cause it has no resolution….no clean up….no tidy happy ending….this story is an evolving monster…get the hell out of south Louisiana!


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  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    Let's not forget about the nuclear waste they pumped in there:

    http://goo.gl/kRK3s


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  • markww markww

    Many Moons I hear you about evacuating Louisiana. I remember Jesse Ventura on his conspiracy show found that the government set aside 6 billion or 35 billion to move everyone out so they could make the state one huge refinery and Bp stared a chain reaction of disaster that will affect the world.

    Markww


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  • Elqisqeyano

    Has anyone noticed when the video of the flyover starts there is a puff of steam or smoke rise from about 5 O'clock of the flyover footage? Why is there smoke and or steam rising form that area of the sinkhole?


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  • warf33

    November 23, 2012 at 1:22 am · Reply

    I think you folks really need this information

    http://www.csc.noaa.gov/cz/CZ05_Proceedings/pdf%20files/Gagliano.pdf

    If you download a free program called PDF XChange Viewer you can make your own copy with the save function in upper left of the program. I would strongly suggest you make copies of your own before this document is removed. I suspect it is still available to the public strictly due to oversight. Prayers for all of you affected by this tragedy.


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