11:20a ET: New flyover footage of giant sinkhole released after ‘growth event’ (VIDEO)

Published: January 20th, 2013 at 11:44 am ET


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Assumption Parish Police Jury, Jan. 19, 2013:

Watch more flyover footage here

Published: January 20th, 2013 at 11:44 am ET


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46 comments to 11:20a ET: New flyover footage of giant sinkhole released after ‘growth event’ (VIDEO)

  • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

    I've slowed it down to .125 since it's only 18 seconds long. Uploading now. Will post when complete.

  • Pierpont

    Yeah, what is the deal with these things? 18 sec is almost a record for the most worthless one yet, but a few have been in the 20 sec range and one was 11.

    WTF? What's the point of an chopping 18 sec out of the entire vid to show to the public? Are they trying to keep the public from really seeing what is going on, or have they put up a longer version somewhere that shows the whole view form the plane actually flying around the entire perimeter?

    Is TB paying for and producing these fly-overs? There's somethin' more than sinkhole farts that don't smell just right.

  • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

    Flyover slowed…


    Never have figured out why they show so little. Interesting how they didn'tshow the entire Oxy 3 pad.

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      I thought it was a state choppper. Maybe it was and Texas Brine is now paying a private chopper (or bribed the state) for the heavily-edited, sheenless 15-second video. Maybe Sonny wanted free helicopter rides and he's takeing the vids with his iPhone2.

      This is coming right out of TEPCO's playbook: whatever you don't show can't be used against you in a court of law.

      That's the part that confuses me though – there's nothing even remotely resembling a court of law in Louisiana. Why would Texas Brine even be worried?

      • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

        Paveway….yes, it is a LSP chopper. Paid for by Assumption Paris. Same chopper they have always used. These flyovers are for GOHSEPs and APs benefit, not Texas Brines.

        Anything hidden, if at all, is being hidden by GOHSEP and AP. Is anything being hidden? Who knows, but I sure would like to know why they didn't even get the entire Oxy 3 Pad in the video.

        • PavewayIII PavewayIII

          Paid for by *Assumption Parrish*? Isn't that the criminal organization lead by one of lawyers that defended Dow during last decade's 'Natural Gas Event' they sponsored in Paincourtville or somewhere like that?

          I'm sure he's completely impartial NOW and has disclosed any business and personal relationships that might be construed as a conflict of interest by taxpayers. How long did it take him to get elected after he finished up Dow's dirty work? Free helicopter rides to boot? Mom was right: I shoulda' been a lawyer.

          I wonder why he hasn't offered to buy out as many homeowners as possible. There's buckets of state money floating around for jacking up houses and some kind of remediation nonsense in LA, isn't there? Heck, just toss a few logs under your Bayou Corne house and let the land sink into the sinkhole. Then your newly-created 'construction company' can bill you a hundred grand for some state cheese before quietly going out of business.

          Doesn't anybody learn *anything* down there from watching these out-of-state chemical companies screw them?

          • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

            "Doesn't anybody learn *anything* down there from watching these out-of-state chemical companies screw them?"

            Well, according to your tone, no, I guess not. Looks like we are all just a bunch of dumbass cajuns. Hell, we only just found out last night that we can go ahead and get lawyers, since all culpability has been outted.

            • PavewayIII PavewayIII

              I was being facetious in the last paragraph just like the first three.

              Seriously though: Lawyers won't do you any good in Louisiana unless you're from Texas. There's some kind of special constitution or demonic powers involved.

            • FREEDOMROX

              I am sure most of them have Attorneys already, and a class action was already started long ago, yet we never see the attorney field any questions at the meetings.
              With the evidence contained within the TIF’s, each and every resident now has the power to individually engage a lawsuit personally, for Emergency Injuctive Relief due to Willful Neglect and harms,and sue Texas Brine and the State if they want to leave, because neither is sincerely offering any of you any other way out, except as penniless refugee’s.

    • Pierpont

      Thank you.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Concerning Methane bubbles they are everywhere not just in Bayou Corne but everywhere Ohio, PA, and where fracking is taking place even in http://youtu.be/eM5WPl69Z18

    • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

      Thanks for the info moonshellblue……I will let them know that at the command center, so they can all go on home.

      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        Lol, point taken but I think they have already left the 'command center' and if not they better get some wet suits.

        • johnnyo

          very, very nice response moonSB. RBow is there, going through some shit we can hardly contemplate. Her snarky jibes are thus completely understandable and forgivable. Do other areas of the country and world have gas issues? Fracking consequences, weird booms, radiation pouring in from places near and far, oily by-products of an out of control corporatacracy oozing into our every crevice…sure. But few have houses and loved ones staring at a giant growing black hole from hell threatening to consume their very neighborhood. So, kudos for a classy declining to flame back. We are all in this together and must remain strong and united in our efforts to take back our planet from this ravenous beast at our collective door. Peace and Love to all. Except the evil greedy scum behind all this.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    With the new waterway that used to be the pipeline road, you can now travel by boat uninterupted from the gulf of mexico directly into the sinkhole. The bayous all eventually end up in the gulf. If you click on the picture in the link atached and use the zoom feature at the bottom of the photo(after you click on the photo) you can see a boat that has traveled from the sinkhole down into the bayou. Follow the old pipeline road (now an active waterway) south and just before it connects to the bayou you will see a boat that has done just that. This picture actually shows more than this pathetic 18 second video. Once again use the zoom feature and move around the shot.
    Ofcourse this also means that the crap coming out of the sinkhole is getting into the bayous as well and eventually into the gulf itself. The oil booms are only catching some of the surface crude. Sad indeed. Oxy 3 is failing and the butane and propane caverns will be the next to fail. The entire saltdome is compromised and erroding on a daily basis.

    • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

      Timemachine….what picture are you referring to about a boat?

      • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

        Okay, I see which picture you are referring to.


        Not quite as you say though. The picture refernced was first, taken quite a while ago.You can tell by all the greenery. Second, the picture you see is a work crew airboat. they are strictly kept on site at the sink hole because they are not allowed to go out of the sinkhole boundaries due to contamination of the bayous.

        That was a concern of some of us quite a while ago, and we were told they can not leave the contaminated site.

        Third, the pipeline row is not, nor will it ever be an active waterway. The water is strictly from the massive week and a half rain we've had. That entire area has flooded like that before, and the water WILL go down.

        You are correct though that the Gulf can be reached from Bayou Corne, but NORMALLY not the sinkhole. I'm still not really sure that water is deep enough for anything but an airboat, which, in case you didn't know, can actually travel on land. ANY boat you see in that area WILL be a sinkhole crew work airboat.

        Here's a great video of what an airboat can do. This video is also a great example of what how algea and duckweed look like grass, and how people think water covered with it, is actually grassy dry areas in the swamp. An airboat strictly rides on TOP of the water, nothing IN the water, so can go places outboard/inboard motors can not. Like on land.


        • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

          I understand the logistics of an airboat miss Rain, I am simply saying that even if it was a jetboat or jetski, even a prop driven boat if the water is deep enough. My point is that the pollution coming out of the stinkhole is not only ruining your community, it is now leaking into the bayous even more than before and also NOW reaching the gulf. Americas new toxic dumping ground. As a lifelong boater myself, I guarantee you that I could navigate a boat from the BP oil spill site straight to and into the sinkhole itself. There are no guarantees that the water levels you are seeing will go back down substantially at this time Too many sources. The sinkhole is now a toxic, saltwater (not oceanic saltwater but a brine water cocktail with a toxic punch). You know the list of hydrocarbons and radioactive NORM and of what we have been told thats down below burping up. Its getting out is the POINT I am trying to make. Improper containment is an understatement. Measures besides the ridiculous few oil booms and suction pumps as far as mitigation is concerned should have been implemented weeks and months ago. Immediate acction to stop ANY further contamination into the fragile bayou communities and into the gulf of mexico must be stepped up at all costs. Where the hell is the Army Corps of Engineers. This is no longer a community or state emergency as already stated by your governor, but now is a grave matter of National Security as far as Im concerned. Where is Obama? Where is Jindal?

          • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

            I do understand your very spot on point timemachine, and agree with all you say. We have complained about the lack of containment from the start of this, and Texas Brine has been fined thousands of dollars for it.

            My addition to what you say is that THIS is bigger than Texas brines ability to contain, control, and repair, and our state, governor and president all need to get off their asses and HELP get this problem resolved, rather than just sitting back and slapping Texas Brine around.

            Much like punishing a little kid for doing something bad, but doling out a punishment you know they can't handle, and are sure to fail at.

            When it's all over and done, and Texas Brine is gone, or back to doing what they normally do, it is OUR community, parish and state that will be left with yet another wasteland because the people that SHOULD care, do NOT care.

            • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

              Miss Rain – did you find the particular boat I am referring to in the picture? Its not close to or inside the sinkhole area but down the old pipeline road (waterway) almost at the bayou tucked into a finger outlet on the right hand side. You have to zoom in a few times to find it.

          • Thad

            rainbeaudais does know a something because she has lived there most of her life that includes day #1 to present of everything that has happen leading to the sinkhole. She has chosen not to ignore all data concerning toxic contaminates, NORML, oil, gas, brine. You look at pics and videos she looks at the real thing– boats passage – she has fished the whole area. And as a resident she does know to a better extent than a 'foreigner' how high the water will get and how long it will stay….

            • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

              Thad if I want your opinion I will wipe it off my behind, Thank you very much.

              • ENENews

                timemachine this isn't meant to single you out, just wanted to let everyone know they shouldn't be posting comments that are insulting or rude etc. I'm going to start deleting them after this so please keep using the 'Report Comment' link below each comment. Thanks everyone

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    The picture in the linked ene news article. Click on the picture itself and use the zoom feature at the bottom once you have clicked on the picture. Then follow the old pipeline road south, just before the old pipeline road (now a waterway) reaches the bayou on the right side you will see the boat.

    • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

      Another good video of what an airboat does and why before we had all this water, ONLY airboats could get to the sinkhole.


      • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

        LOL…and THIS is what we use them for in recreation down here. To get to places no regular boats can!


        • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

          Miss Rainbeaudais – another thing that I noticed being a lifelong boater is the picture shows a V nosed recreational style boat, ALL the airboats I have seen have a flat nose from side to side. If you zoom in enough times on the boat itself you will notice the V nose I am referring to. This indicates that the waterway itself (which used to be the pipeine road) is deep enough to allow a propeller driven boat through. Therefore a boat could litterally be driven from the gulf of mexico (oil spill site for example) directly into the atchafalaya bay, up into the bayous, and directly into the sinkhole. Regardless of the boat style, the entire system is now connected and intertwined and being polluted by the contaminated sinkhole.

          • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

            yes, I zoomed until it became pixelated,and I still maintain that is an airboat. If not an airboat, it's a work crew boat.

            Again, with the flooding we have going on everywhere right now, yes, it is a direct outlet from the sinkhole to Bayou Corne, and to the Gulf.

            But also again, I know this land, and this area and I am repeating that that area will not remain a waterway. The bayou will drop, and the water will drain in to it as it drops.

            • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

              Rain – I'm sure your right about the vessel in question. Our hearts go out to you and your neighbors. Thats a place like all of us would love to retire to. Yes indeed this monster is way bigger than the folks in charge at this point can handle. Major federal assistance is required immediately. Anything less is a abhorition and the decision makers at this point should be held liable if federal assistance is not immediately requested. I'm telling you that everyone on here needs to start calling their congressmen and senators and governors and raising hell. Period. Must wake the sleeping giant and slap him in the face if needed to get something done. The Army Corps of Engineers getting involved is the best line of defense at this point. God bless all of yall in assumption parrish and bayou corne. Good pot of gumbo and some mudbugs might help forget about it for a minute. Mabey even a little apple pie dontcha know. We are with you.

              • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

                Thanks timemachine for your support. We are trying to be loud, but we are a small community, with most folks evacuated.

                Some boiled bugs would be excellent right now!

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    It is time to have our government direct a satellite eye directly on top of the sinkhole with non stop recording. If they would only do this, their own inhouse experts would tell them of the impending dangers that are presenting themselves. Mabey that would do the trick for getting a proper response at this point. Those stupid white house petitions are the most worthless waste of time a human can spend. Trust me I know. I tried to have 2 different times to one put up. 1 was for the decommission and closure of all Mark 1 nuclear reactors in the US and the second was just as important. I recieved emails thanking me for posting my petitions and that I had 30 days to get 25000 signatures to get a response. Needless to say my petitions were never placed on their website and soon after while I was trying to find my petitions on their website I ran across one that had the F word actually in it (on the whitehouse website) and stayed up for three days afterwards before it was removed. I lost any faith in that idea soon after. Someone needs to get the whitehouses attention on this asap. Someone that reads ene news out there can make this happen. If that person is you then your time has come to make a difference. This is now a NATIONAL CATASTROPHE in the making. Fast and Furious attention is needed. There is simply not a big enough sence of urgency as of yet that this situation deserves. Time to start calling senators and congressmen. Gotta rattle their cages now before its too late.

  • UpcountryMaui

    Aloha Everyone. Long time reader, first time poster. I've been following this situation since August.
    I noticed that the water seems to be flowing at a fairly substantial rate from the northeast area of the sinkhole; as observed by the scalloped shape of the oil containment booms. It used to flow more from the center of the hole.
    I wonder if the recent "burp" has opened a new fluid/gas vent hole in that area of the sinkhole.

    • jec jec

      The "resident" experts, State and Texas Brine, said the oil was coming up from the center..and the edges. So thats the "edges" you see. Am sure the burp was not good for anyone. Anyone notice any oil leakage or events in other areas in the state or offshore?

  • UpcountryMaui

    Also, I speculate that the seismic activity induced by the 3D imaging thumper trucks/system, as of late, might have exacerbated the situation. Similar how you tap on a container to settle the material inside.
    One last thing, can anyone explain the unusual seismic graph displays for LA06 the last day or so. There seemed to be some very unusual deflection in the readout. This is the one I'm most concerned with as that's where the bulk LP is being stored.

  • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

    Hi upcountry…I looked up your questions.

    First, I'd say the direction the booms are pointing is because of what I just said totimemachine. As the water recdes to the bayou….south, it is creating a mild current.

    LA06 is over Chevrons natural Gas cavern, not Butane.

    That cavern was emptied and locked in starting August 1oth, and completed August 16th. It is now having a constant injection of water to maintain integrity.

    You can read from start to finish, and currecnt status here:

    chevron natural gas

    (helicorder LA06)

    August 10th, inventory started being withdrawn.
    August 16th was blocked in.


    • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

      Rain – question – can you tell us which of the caverns still contain product? Whats left in the caverns of napoleonville and how much? Also what has been removed and or emptied? Thanks.

  • Lion76 Lion76

    :18 second videos is all we get? Really? Why does it need to be edited or so short to begin with? Seems like a waste of time to even get in the air if that's all you gonna do. Go check the history of these vids, the short edits are nothing new. Been like this for a while. I can't even care about new flyover videos because the arrogance of :18 makes my god damn blood boil I wish someone would start punching some of these people in the face already.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Another man made disaster with more questions vs answers. What a species.

  • RADS

    I wonder if this was a WIPP site, http://www.wipp.energy.gov/

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Not unless they've been stuffing 20 ft. dry casks down an 8" pipe. Tax dollars are the only thing DOE could stuff down a leaky salt dome. Weeks island, for instance.