Sinkhole grows another 20 feet — New footage from inside at ground level (MAP & VIDEO)

Published: August 17th, 2012 at 1:08 pm ET
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Title: 9:30 a.m. Morning Update
Source: Assumption Parish Police
Date: August 17, 2012

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It has been noted that an additional 20’ of property on the east side sloughed into the sinkhole. No workers were in the vicinity and cleanup activities remain suspended.

h/t Cataclysmic

August 15 Map:

Ground Level Video from August 15:

Published: August 17th, 2012 at 1:08 pm ET
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9 comments to Sinkhole grows another 20 feet — New footage from inside at ground level (MAP & VIDEO)

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Twenty feet in two days..wowsers.


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      Heart,

      Twenty feet over night I think.. yesterday was the boat pulled under when the tree it was tied to collapsed into the hole..
      I think it is at least 70 feet in two days :( super wowsers..

      Cat.


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      Heart,

      Twenty feet over night I think.. yesterday was "the boat pulled under when the tree it was tied to collapsed into the hole.."

      I think it is at least 70 feet in two days :( super wowsers..

      Cat.


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  • many moons

    It hard to see but the workers look like they are wearing the white radiation protection suits


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  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    This sinkhole must be very hazardous as I see no coverage on the mainstream news. No news = Bad news in our upside down, corporate controlled world.


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  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    The diagonal two-track in tho photo is probably the right of way for that nearby pipeline. I don't see any equipment working to reroute the pipeline.
    Did they just close it down, and empty it until they see what developes?
    What are all those guys doing there?
    It takes about one airboat and 2-3 guys to collect water and gas samples.
    There must be 50 guys working around this thing.
    At great personal risk.
    And providing plenty of ignition sources should the butane find its way into this salt dome and sinkhole.
    BTW, I was looking for maps of Louisiana salt domes, so I could get my bearings on the proximity of the two saltdomes, the one with gas, and the other used as a radioactive waste dump where the sinkhole is.
    Can someone please provide a link if such a map exists? Or put a pin in Google Earth?


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    • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

      Letter from butane storage company on worst case scenario: http://www.edsuite.com/proposals/proposals_280/crosstex_letter_worst_case_scenario_fi_374.pdf
      Sirs: The question isn't what happens if some of your butane gets out of YOUR well. The question is what happens if your butane flows into the adjacent salt dome, and spews into the air through the sinkhole. Now we know you understand the issue with the sinkhole, since you refer to this in your letter. I am thinking you have dodged the question. If I were the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, who requested this worst case scenario from you, I would be pretty pissed by your answer right about now.

      wideawake: great post. Lots of info to ponder.


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    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Thanks, wideawake. There is good stuff in your opednews link. Someone asked here yesterday how a (buoyant) boat could suddenly sink. Your linked article says: "Shortly thereafter, their boat sunk (sic) into the sinkhole, pulled down by the descent of the tree it was tied to" which is certainly vivid but it raises the related question of how a (buoyant) tree could suddenly sink – I'd guess the root mass and the soil surrounding it all went down intact – perhaps a small grove rather than "a tree".

      I see Wilma Subra's name again in the piece. She's turning out to be an important voice in this ongoing story, I think.


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