Louisiana Governor plans for Sinkhole No. 2 — Taking ‘immediate’ action to protect lives

Published: March 11th, 2013 at 5:34 pm ET


NOLA.com, March 11, 2013: [Governor Bobby] Jindal also said released a contingency plan on a second Texas Brine salt dome cavern, saying that while there is no data from the state Department of Natural Resources that suggests a second failure is imminent, “we are not taking anything for granted.” “We are taking action immediately though to protect lives and property in the area of the second salt dome. Taking the lessons learned from the first cavern, we have developed a contingency plan in case the cavern fails and we have already started to implement the plan,” Jindal said.

WWL: [Jindal] said he’ll ask for expedited buyouts for “those whose lives have been uprooted by the sinkhole.” “It’s time for Texas Brine to step up and do the right thing for the people in Bayou Corne,” the governor siad. Jindal said he will visit the Bayou Corne community next week. The governor said they have already begun implementing a contingency plan in place should the second salt dome cavern fail. “We are taking action immediately though to protect lives and property in the area of the second salt dome,” Jindal said.

The Advocate, March 11, 2013: [Police Jury President Martin] Triche said Monday that the discovery of the other Texas Brine cavern also being closer to the edge of the salt dome than originally thought has raised additional concerns. That cavern is also closer to La. 70 than the original Texas Brine cavern that failed, bringing worries about the integrity of La. 70 South. […] Sherri LeBas, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, said her agency is looking at a small detour route around the area of concern on La. 70. This route would come before and in addition to work on a more long-term, detour route that is being studied. […] Despite the worries about La. 70 South, LeBas and other officials said monitoring of it does not show there are any problems currently.

NBC33: Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, and lawyers Thomas Girardi and Bob Bowcock broke down what residents need to next. […] “Finally some honesty. Finally some honesty,” Kenny Simoneaux, Bayou Corne resident, exclaimed. People living in Bayou Corne are ready to take action. “For us it’s destroyed. They destroyed our family life. Our piece of the American dream is gone,” Simoneaux said. […] Brockovich says going forward the community has to come together, if they want to win. The community agrees. “We are pretty strong right now together as a community,” Gregoire expressed. “I believe if we stick together we could see. We’ll see numbers. It will pretty much be a good outcome.”

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Published: March 11th, 2013 at 5:34 pm ET


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12 comments to Louisiana Governor plans for Sinkhole No. 2 — Taking ‘immediate’ action to protect lives

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Nothing until Erin B. shows up with her law firm.

    Maybe if we send her to Japan something will get done.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    A post by timemachine2020…on another thread.

    Major activity at the sinkhole over the last 24 hours per helicorders, looks like a cavern failure to me.



    How immediate is immediate?

  • razzz razzz

    Tenuous situation at best when it comes to a lawsuit. First have to show how you were damaged: Slab had a crack and had to move, they paid for temporary housing then bought out the property and you left to find somewhere else to live or build. Maybe a homeowner's policy covered partial expenses.

    You would get the above, probably no matter what.

    Enter the lawyers, if you haven't settled yet, they take 40% of the above before you get the remaining money. To show more damage to grow the settlement, you have to enter counseling or see a shrink to verify you have metal anguish, need pills for worry, etc. Need medical history to find anything medically related to the sinkhole, more out of pocket costs taken out before a settlement check arrives.

    You join a class-action suit and go to court asking for millions and the judge deems it a natural disaster or percentage of it…settlement money begins evaporating. If it goes to trial, the lawyers now want 50% of the settlement monies.

    …Just saying.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Or they could win millions. Taking any State money would not prevent them from joining a class-action anyway. The real money is in the punitive damages anyway, and that doesn't sound like it would be hard to prove.

      It's always a roll of the dice, but Erin has a GREAT track record. Bring in some Hollywood actors to protest and the ball'll really get rolling. She's about as good as it gets for publicity.

  • Harrie

    Normally I just read your information and do not post but did notice today there was a recorded earth quake approx. 150 miles from Bayou Corne

    2.9 231km SSW of Dulac, Louisiana 2013-03-11 15:22:34 27.610°N 91.962°W 10.0


    The main reason I keep up with this is I have relatives in the Baton Rouge area.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Caught this in the report you linked:

      "initial sinkhole containment complete, work ongoing to complete design for permanent containment"

      Anyone hear news on their permanent containment? I am glad to see that they are starting to planning ahead rather than only monitor and react.

      What a week. We went from paper governor that wouldn't visit the (1) sinkhole to Brockovich and the gov. showing up and getting ready for failed cavern #2. I am also glad to hear more people will be getting out of harms way and that the community is more likely to stand together (for the most part) and fight for a buyout.

      Great Progress this week B.C. residents. Long overdue in many respects but better late than never for certain. Not laying blame for the pace on the residents, just trying to show some POSITIVE support.

      Now that the People side of this industrial accident is being addressed, maybe we can keep our discussion of this topic primarily to the scientific "stuff" and not so much with the personal crap that has been deteriorating into a poo slinging pit so quickly. That is my hope anyway.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "initial sinkhole containment complete, work ongoing to complete design for permanent containment"

    Sounds very TEPCOish. How do you stop ongoing multiple salt dome collapses?

    There isn't an engineer in the US that knows how to stop what's coming. And the one guy that might have had a clue went to that great hot tub in the sky.

    "Hey, Pete, need a towel? I'm gettin' out, I need another Vieux Carré."

    • Thad

      you said it – flares and vents and containment berms are nothing but bandaids on cancers–do nothing to address and arrest the problem.

      Matt Simmons the stock manipulating financier was never a scientist or expert in any engineering field in this world and will never become one in the next–

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Does it seem like, as soon as Erin Brockovich, and the lawyers get on the scene, things seem to happen?

    I hope they hit them in the money belt, because that's where their heart is. They didn't think or care that they were hurting the environment, our Country, people and their lives/homes/work, as long as they were getting their profits.

    Hoping the best for the people, and wishing for the environment to heal.

  • irhologram

    OR the cue in the play book arrived, and they rolled out phase 3, Hustle people out (Phase 1. Do nothing. Phase 2. Bandaids on cancer.). A second salt dome collapse and sinkhole, exposure to more gas, more relief vents compromising the area's integrity, I'd say they were waiting for a certain stage of criticality, in disaster management (when the lid is about to blow off the crisis nationally.) Now it will become politically prudent to become involved. Erin Brockovich never arrives until Stage 3, until there are significant, provable damages to a large number of people.