New flyover of giant sinkhole shows large area of flooding to south (VIDEO)

Published: December 27th, 2012 at 3:22 pm ET


More flyover footage here

Published: December 27th, 2012 at 3:22 pm ET


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40 comments to New flyover of giant sinkhole shows large area of flooding to south (VIDEO)

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    The PR people must be scrambling.. I guess we see that all that activity on the helicorders was not man made..

    Funny how they tell us, "not to worry, everything is ok", and out of the other side of their mouths they say, "never seen this before"

    How can they tell the residents not to worry, when they do not know, nor have the experts ever seen, what has been caused by the drilling industry.. can you predict what will happen, if it has never happened before?

    oh yea, that's right, "don't worry, everything is fine", is sheeple speak for get the heck out of dodge..

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    To the South? Big deal – that pipeline has been taking a dive for weeks now. They are intentionally trying to avoid showing how precarious the West side has become so I won't get my prize.

    My guess was that everything past the pipeline R/W and up to the access road is going into La Bouche du Diable.

  • darkling

    only prize you get is for biggest douchbag
    NORTH is what they not showing cause there a highway there

    • amberlight amberlight

      Do you really have to call someone a "douchebag" to get your point across, darkling? Grow up…

    • stopnp stopnp

      Wow Darling, every comment of yours that I've read today has been so helpful. Your spelling is fantastic as well. I've really enjoyed how you continually talk garbage to people I've known on here for the last year and ten months. Lovely.

  • jec jec

    Texas Brine needs a heck of a lot more oil booms..and look at the dead trees. Just compare where the foliage is gone..with where it is nice and green..thats the subsidence area. To South and to South West..and to West..Oil coming up in the South area, to the west..and in the main area..the first oil and bubble area. Its still there..and doing just fine..thank you.
    This is a disaster..and growing. Where is the US government?..this is fast becoming beyond a state government's ability to handle…

    • Thad

      JEC — it is the salinity -salt in the water that is killing the trees. Booms only stop/ contain what floats. Dissolned just go with the flow of water—
      Before the federals can get involved first the state has to declare it an emergency then request the federal's help–
      Same crap happened in Katrina Gov Blanco when catatonic and did not declare emergency and request federal aid for two days…

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Note at the 36 second to 40 seconds into the video you can barely see a corner of the gas storage cavern that is now flooded on all sides as well, in the far right corner of the video. They obviously went out of their way not to film that area. Shame on them for not showing the entire picture to us. You know damn good and well they have the footage and do not want it to get out. That entire area is polluted and the residents should be offered full buyout of their property on a fair market value basis and additional loss for stress, mental anguish and relocation fees. Also a fund needs to be set up for future medical problems that will occur from the pollutants in the enviroment and drinking water that will affect long term health of these residents. The miniscule fines that have been imposed on Texas Brine is a drop in the bucket of the damage already done to the enviroment and the future damage that will occur there. I guarantee you TB is hiding as much money as they can as I write this. The State needs to freeze 100 million of TBs assets at minimum until this gets sorted out, and some kind of bond or guarantee for future potential losses to be covered as needed.


      I agree 100 percent, but Jindal is in bed with all the Corporations there…so won't happen unless it goes federal disaster and everyone knows about it.


        Take Tony Rudy, for example.

        Rudy once headed up an influence-peddling organization called the Alexander Strategy Group and through that firm, he pulled in tens of thousands of dollars in the 2004 and 2005 election cycles on behalf of Jindal from such donors as UPS, Eli Lilly, Bellsouth, R.J. Reynolds (ever wonder why Jindal vetoed the 4-cent cigarette tax renewal?), Microsoft, Fannie Mae, Koch Industries, Dupont, AstraZeneca (a biopharmaceutical company), the National Auto Dealers Association, the Property Casualty Insurers Association, the American Bankers Association, and Amgen (biotechnology and pharmaceutical company).

        Not only was bundling done on a wholesale basis on Jindal’s behalf, but identical contributions by individuals and committees, many on the same dates totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, routinely appeared in separate reports filed by candidate Jindal, the Committee to Re-elect Bobby Jindal, and Friends of Bobby Jindal, Inc. Contributions ranged from $500 to $5,000.

        That’s six separate reports on which the same contributors from Rudy’s exclusive client list appeared.

        Other former clients of Alexander Strategy Group included Time Warner, Freddie Mac, Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations, AT&T, Blackwater USA, and Enron.

    • bwoodfield bwoodfield

      Last years fair market value, because that land isn't worth anything now.

    • Thad

      TM2020– the fines are not for civil or enviromental damages that comes later–. The fines were for not accomplishing specific job ordered by DNR in the time set.
      Here is 24 Dec fly over– remember too this is a swamp- there has been heavy rains over the last 2 or 3 days–


    To be honest? I am actually beginning to believe Louisiana is a 'Petri Dish' for Algae farming. I think they are coming for Thad Daly's home home as well, because they don't just want the Gulf Coast…they want all swamps and lakes as well.
    What the hell they gonna do when they meet "Shelby" (from Ax Men TV Series), on Lake Ponchatrain and his 45?
    Yes, it's funny, but 'Ibuiltthis' pointed out, there are plans to do just that. Scary thoughts!

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    The Louisiana Sinkhole Could Grow Into The Size Of A Lake -Must See !

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    They know much more than they are letting on. They have geophysical & remote sensing data & seismic readings from similar sinkholes from as far back as at least the late 80s…And clearly have the newer technology to study these older sinkholes. I bet that even some oil & gas companies have their own research done as well…in order to prevent them in the future…By allowing officials to claim that they know nothing…then
    officials get away with doing NOTHING for those who are directly affected by this growing disaster. And then go opps sorry your house sunk into the sinkhole…we had no idea something like that would happen. And when you are suffering from health affects…officials will be saying but we had no reason to believe that anything from the sinkhole would have caused those issues.

    I can assure you that your taxpayer dollars have been spent on research of the various sinkholes that appeared over the years with the *claim that the money needed to be spent to insure that officials would know how to either prevent others or deal with new ones.

    Bayou Corne residents..YOU DESERVE BETTER~!~

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Cranch has said the sinkhole’s belching is simply part of its “natural life,” especially following a slough-off where more land was swallowed by the sinkhole."

    Sonny Cranch is now and expert on the 'natural life' of a sinkhole over a fractured salt dome?
    The sinkhole is not just filling up with water..methane and oil is coming up.
    A 'never before in history' type thing..yet this man can speak with knowledge of the 'natural life' of THIS sinkhole.
    I don't think so..

    • Thad

      Never before event– Daisetta sinkhole– 3 events, there's one near Plaquesmine, La beside Hwy 1143—

      • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

        Thad…the sinkhole in Daisetta and Plaquemine can't be used for comparison because when they say this is unprecedented, they mean the combination of 1)- failed cavern 2)- Gas and Oil 3)- subsidence all combined.

        • Thad

          Beau– being collapsed saltdomes does relate– especially when they were saying it could not happen—The sinkholes formed are subsidence.
          Daisetta has collapsed three different times –would that not be subsidence. There is oil and gas at Daisetta.
          Have not found any information about the Plaqueamine sinkhole other than it is a collapsed saltdome with a sinkhole.


      You are correct Rose. Never has there been anything like this one, because it has so many 'plays' that are involved and isn't situated directly over the cavern, and with so much freshwater entering into it with ever 'Burp'.

      It is hopefully a once in a lifetime event…but somehow I doubt it.

      • Thad

        Frox– Brine coming up and killing the trees and so much fresh water entering it every burp—-???
        Again how does the lighter fresh water sink through the heavier brine..???