New flyover of giant sinkhole shows yellowish substance covering surface (VIDEO)

Published: July 3rd, 2013 at 2:28 pm ET


Title: 12:25 p.m. Flyover Video Uploaded
Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury
Date: July 3, 2013

Watch the flyover here

Published: July 3rd, 2013 at 2:28 pm ET


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58 comments to New flyover of giant sinkhole shows yellowish substance covering surface (VIDEO)

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    Guess ole sinki isn't going to take the week off for the fourth. Did Texas Brine executives and other officials? My money is on yes.

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    man makes dead zones. Sooner or later his dead zone will encompass the earth.
    Stand aside and let the women have a crack at it.

    • Teddi Teddi

      Nature also creates dead zones…

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        Teddi, of course man IS nature, so it could be argued that all dead zones are created by nature. But whats the point? Whats your point?

        Sure, there have been mass extinctions. But isnt it clear what we are really talking about is what impact man is having more or less in the history of our species? Not very long ago the worlds eco systems were thriving. Now consider nuclear, chemical runoff from agriculture, fracking, coal burning and a long list of chemicals that are leaked or aerosolized and vaporized….what to say outright murder by harpoon and gun. The consequence to the animal kingdom has been beyond tragic.

        "We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day".

        Whats the acceptable number of human related extinctions, in your opinion? Or should we shrug and say nature creates dead zones and go on our same path?

        • Teddi Teddi

          Alarmism is not a good color on you Mickey…

          Look, I come to this site every few days with great interest, but I've decided to comment because some of the comments are just plain nutty. Nature created everything around you and will someday destroy it – that's a fact.

          Environmentalists (IMHO) don't want oil to be drilled out of the ground, nor be placed backed into the ground. But oil exists in the ground naturally, it leaks into the water supply and oceans naturally – its the natural order of things.

          Human influence exists, but on the scale of natural activities its insignificant. I'm not on either side, nor do I believe alarmism is a good tool. AGW has been an abortion and very well may cripple everything we have worked for in modern science because of its overzealousness in essentially "crying wolf" with false facts.

          Man is not the enemy.

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            Teddy says "Nature created everything around you and will someday destroy it – that's a fact" Well, were in full agreement there. But alarmism?

            The data is in full view everywhere you care to look. Man is not the enemy…true enough in the context of the universe at large, but he was certainly the enemy, say, to the northern right whale, with only 13 (estimated) females left.

            Extinction rates up to 10,000 times higher than pre civilization….Im not just making it up for the thrill of alarmism. Check it yourself…comb filter the data per your wishes.

            Mans influence is clearly huge in the last 200 years or so. It seems futile to point out obvious and well documented examples, since peoples minds seem to be firmly decided, despite citations of overwhelming evidence. One of humankind's many mysteries.

            30,000 miles of pipeline in the gulf, the BP disaster there, and collapsing salt domes the size of the empire state building, radioactive strontium up by 5 orders of magnitude(Environmental Science & Technology Published in Issue: September 18, 2012); its not quite the same as it used to be, even you can admit that I think.

            • Teddi Teddi

              The deaths, destruction and carnage of the Quebec train (oil) accident are on your hands…

     could have be transferred in a [relatively] safe pipeline instead of rail cars if not for you eco-freaks !

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                How do think nuclear waste should be shipped? And where to? There are 4,000 to 6,000 train derailments a year. I was on a train that derailed. The wheels came off. I suspected that the cars were not properly checked out and were wearing out. And then, the first thing they check for is they to drug testing on the train employees. Since we are all trying to go for solar and wind, you can't blame the environmentalists who are against fossil fuels. How many accidents are there involving oil every year? Including pipelines. e.g., the one in Arkansas.

                • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                  Do you work for Koch brothers, or BP?

                  Arkansas pipeline spill casts shadow over Keystone XL
                  A leak in March that spewed 210,000 gallons near a residential area in Mayflower, Ark., is cited by Keystone XL opponents as a fresh reminder of the peril posed by the pipeline project.

                  • 16Penny 16Penny

                    That same pipeline had a smaller spill in Missouri right after the big break in Arkansas if I remember right.

                  • Teddi Teddi

                    Koch brothers ? That's rich…

                    No, I'm a person who applies common sense and feels that there are transgressions on both sides of many of these issues. The tendency from many who comment here is to blame humans… Well, of course, if there were no humans we wouldn't be having this discussion – would we ?

                    Further, its that nasty "big business" or "rotten capitalist SOB" to blame. This particular angle of attack is extremely shallow in the sense that "businesses" are excused when they make solar panels but don't clean up their toxic mess. Or they produce wind turbines with Chinese sweatshop labor that kill birds and [potentially] disrupt wind surface patterns.

                    That's ok, but not when "businesses" build a pipeline or create ways to harvest 5x as much crop from the same area of land thereby saving land usage.

                    Hey, by all means turn your ship and blast away full broadside, but I'm just pointing out some of the imbalances in the discussion.

                • Teddi Teddi

                  Thanks for jumping in Anne, but the discussion point was oil being shipped via railcar.

              • Trawling4Trolls

                "Human influence .. on the scale of natural activities it's insignificant .. if not for you eco-freaks !"

                Here's the kind of activities "eco-freaks" worry about,

                "The inspector general wrote that the pump in Loop One was installed in 2005 just one week before the deadline for a "winning performance" bonus. That was despite "dangerously high" readings on vibration tests,"

                I know a number of millwrights that would roll their eyes in disbelief at such engineering practice. It's because they're "freaky" in their doing things right.

                "I found myself in the position of becoming a whistleblower when TVA management altered root cause reports I authored to subdue their findings," she said last week. "I hope that bringing this story to public light will force TVA to address the safety significance of altering the findings of teams of engineers and experts for the sake of protecting production and their own bonuses."

                NRC is expected to release the results of its inspection during a public meeting on July 11.


                • Teddi Teddi

                  ..and there is a long list of equally disturbing effects from eco forced issues. Some unintended no doubt, but there are those who say many of the "commercial" issues were unintended as well…


              brilliant stuff CodeShutdown…

          • Trawling4Trolls

            "Human influence exists, but on the scale of natural activities its insignificant."

            True on human influence, but I suspect that people who were infected by, say, one of the hemorrhagic viruses of southern Africa would not agree with your description of its spread internationally to be "insignificant".

        • Teddi Teddi

          Took awhile to find the non-pay walled version:

  • razzz razzz

    Some type of brine?

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    I'm thinking some sort of bacteria or algae that is feeding on minerals being released.

  • lets light a match and get a closer look!

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    Hopefully you are not saying that it could be fluorinated benzopolysulfides with Methanophage bacteria in flammable "sour dirt debris"?

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      haizedustrium-1234, what is fluorinated benzopolysulfides with Methanophage bacteria in flammable "sour dirt debris" ?

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    Maybe one of the clean-up crew chucked some EX-LAX in to see what would happen…

    …well they keep saying that S**t keeps bubbling to the surface 😉

  • combomelt combomelt

    Mentos n soda experiment on a colossal scale

  • NukaShima NukaShima

    Noo cat you see it's just Polen from the trees( oh wait there dead )excuse my prediction of the official statement.

  • DeSwiss DeSwiss

    A creamy nougat center? :-/

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Well it isn't..sweet and sour sauce and a dash of hot mustard…methinks.

  • markww markww

    BREAKING NEWS YELLOW STUFF SULFUR ?? This could be from a Underground VOLCANO YES a ancient Volcano see report below


    • We Not They Finally

      That's actually one of the more interesting posts. Yellow, sulphur. We'll look that one up.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Interesting, Mark. The "Door Point" for the volcanism discovered by the Shell Oil Co. studies done in the 1960's appears to be just southeast of New Orleans. Here are a couple of links for comparison:

      And your link showing the map with the "Door Point."

      The study said the volcanism likely occurred in the late Cretaceous era, but it's now known many "extinct" volcanoes can become active without advance notice. So many geologist and volcanologist consider them "dormant" instead of extinct. Mankind has pretty sketchy records of the history of volcanism, and the actual "age" of geologic deposits is now open to question in some circles.

      Case in point: I live near Mt. St. Helena, which used to be considered an "extinct" volcano. There is evidence of active volcanism throughout Sonoma Valley, Napa Valley (ex: Calistoga Hot Springs), etc. These are areas not far from three active volcanoes around Clear Lake, in Northern California. There is a large geothermal plant near Clear Lake. Some geologists now concede it's possible some of the area's "dormant" or 'extinct" volcanoes could become active again.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        The same is true of the Mammoth Mountain and Long Valley Caldera area, where "hot points" are migrating northward just east of the Sierra Nevada range, extending northward all the way to Reno, Nevada.

        There are hot springs in Carson City, NV, and also just south of Reno, NV. There is some speculation (or belief?) Mount Rose could be a dormant volcano (although I'm not sure of the accuracy of that).

        If one flies over Southern Nevada, evidence of volcanism is evident everywhere. There are cinder cones all over the place.

        The map you linked to, Mark, shows there has been a LOT of volcanism in and around the Gulf Coast.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          RE: Mt. Rose:

          Perhaps the vents are migrating southward (sorry I can't remember, I read the study almost 20 years ago).

          The point is the magma chambers appear to be interconnected at depth, so the system, from north to south, appears to have a deep common magma chamber.

          It is poorly understood at this time.

  • We Not They Finally

    Does it matter WHAT it is? So long as there is "no immediate danger to the public." Well, or there IS…

  • irhologram

    I like Haizedustrium's explanation. Maybe it's lesser of two very scary scaries. He asked if it could be fluorinated benzopolysulfides with Methanophage bacteria in flammable "sour dirt debris"? I think he's saying, if in English (lol), that it could be a bacteria that thrives without oxygen, whose byproduct is H2S and it has thrown in with a very bad soup of a benzene/H2S families combining like the government and hotel rooms full of whores. As scary as that is, there's the fact.that these caverns are dominos, as predicted, and then, there's the gas bubbling everywhere from a New Orleans suburb to Lake Peignoir to Bayou Corne and Georgia beaches are thick with dead shrimp, crabs and fish…that love the depths where there is now is no oxygen. But Mark's volcanos idea is worse, because we'd then have a not so dormant volcanic sulfur release, which might (?) speak to station 12 and 14 seismically intense areas…highly local. Like a volcano. And with methane/H2S reported in Bayou Corne (but very likely goes unreported elsewhere), why wouldn't the same bubbly stuff and the same gases people are exposed to…why wouldn't they be from the same source? A lot of people here have "Sinkhole Thinking." They can't see that the regional, pervasive, toxic gas as a potential cascade, reordering all life on earth as we know it… for their mono-view of a one-community sinking hole. BTY Popocatepetl volcano just erupted in Mexico spewing gas 3 1/2 miles high!

  • irhologram

    Here's a neat site to view volcanos.



    The center of a Quebec town has been wiped outafter a freight train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in a fireball at 1am on Saturday.

    Parts of the town were evacuated as fireballs shot several metres in the air, flames spread to nearby homes and thick acrid smoke filled the air. Emergency workers helped about 1,000 residents escape Lac-Megantic, which is close to the Maine border and about 250km from Montreal.

    Read more:


  • NEWS FROM FLORIDA – Florida lagoon is an animal 'mass murder mystery' as 46 dolphins, 111 manatees and 300 pelicans die from unknown cause.

    Indian River Lagoon of Florida contains more species than anywhere else in the U.S.

    Deaths of hundreds of animals, fish and birds have been occurring for more than a year. Manatees began dying in July 2012, 43 of them in just one month. A total of 111 have died to a current rate of about one every two weeks.

    With so much farmland, laws in Florida allow fertilizer to be poured into the coastal waters. This can have effects on acidity, changes in water temperature and salt levels.

    No specific cause has been found – biologists are "perplexed".

    Read more:


  • Cisco Cisco

    St. Lucie Nuclear Generating Station…right on the Indian River Lagoon…duh? Nah,it couldn't be that. Cancer cluster NW of the Nuke, prevailing wind is from the SE. Nah, it couldn't be that!

    Yet, never a test for radiation, never a mention. Last year I reported 6 massive ground clouds emanating from the plant to the environmental reporter at the Palm Beach Post, never an article or a follow up with a witness I provided.

  • irhologram

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but St. Lucie power plant is not on the Indian River Lagoon, which is closer to Ft. Pierce and nearby Harbor Branch Oceanographic Research Institute. They would be very useful to contact about this. Unfortunately, there have been problems with the lagoon estuary for a long time, but recently, it was said they were loosing a dolphin a day. If this is caused by radiation related to the power plant, which is about 10 miles south of the Lagoon, one would think the animal die offs would be up and down the beach in both directions…but they don't appear to be, right? Or maybe the lagoon stats are covering the whole area…but they hadn't before…and the problems have largely been related to the "balance" in the lagoon of oxygen/plant/&/animal life and salt water. As for the cancers, yes, definitely, there are clusters that would seem to be directly caused by the NPP.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      In which direction do tidal flows and currents travel there?

      • irhologram

        It's inset from the ocean by about a football field, with A1A inbetween the NPP and the ocean. So the tides come in from the Atlantic. The area they are talking about is the Coastal mangrove estuaries and intercostal waterway.

  • irhologram

    Right you are!
    The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is part of the longest barrier island complex in the United States, occupying more than 30% of Florida's east coast. The extent of the IRL system spans approximately 156 miles from Ponce de Leon Inlet in the Mosquito Lagoon to Jupiter Inlet near West Palm Beach.

    The IRL is a complex association of terrestrial, wetland and estuarine ecosystems which combine to create a complex ecosystem mosaic with high habitat diversity. But the feature which helps distinguish the IRL system from other estuarine systems, and also accounts for much of the high biological diversity in the Indian River Lagoon, is its unique geographical location, which straddles the transition zone between colder temperate, and warmer sub-tropical biological provinces. Here, as perhaps no where else in the continental United States, tropical and temperate species coexist and thrive.

    The Indian River Lagoon System actually consists of 3 lagoons: the Mosquito Lagoon which originates in Volusia County, the Banana River in Brevard County, and the Indian River Lagoon which spans nearly the entire coastal extent of Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties.

    Because Harbor Branch Oceanographic is always reporting on it, I incorrectly thought it was more North.

    • Cisco Cisco

      Thanks for your summary IR

      I put Harbor Branch in the same category as Woods Hole; propagandists for the the nucleocrats. I have lived near and fished the Indian River Lagoon for over 20 years.

      These organizations are bought and paid for by the US government. They wouldn't dare, nor would NOAA ever think of testing for radiation. It's always some mysterious unknown bacteria, algae, biological disease, pesticide, etc. that takes years of more studies to discover what's killing the Lagoon.


  • 16Penny 16Penny

    Assumption police blog update.

    "Dr. Stephen Horton has reported to the Command Post of increased activity on the sinkhole, which has been confirmed that a burp has occurred in the sinkhole. Hydrocarbon smell is also present due to the recent burp."

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Why does this entry have a line through it?

      "• Water quality monitoring in Bayou Lafourche indicates no water pollution associated with the incident to date.(7/2/2013)"

      And this update before the burp:

      "The MEQ rate has been very low for the last 9 days. The VLP rate has varied over that time with ~15 VLP events detected yesterday. Seismic level is at Code 1 (7/2)"

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    Important update from Texas Brine. At the bottom of one of their situation updates:

    "Texas Brine is following the advice offered by LA DNR and pursuing the use of Oil Gator, as an in-situ remediation of crude oil in hard to reach places or in marginal places where oil may have escaped the containment boom. Texas Brine will not proceed with the use of this material or other materials until approval has been issued by the lead agency on this incident."

    There are a few other good tidbits.

  • irhologram

    The sinkhole area landslide event has been listed by RSOE as:

    EDIS CODE: LS-20130709-39953-USA
    Date & Time: 2013-07-09 03:33:40 [UTC]
    Area: USA, State of Louisiana, Assumption Parish,

    Coordinates are listed as: N 29� 55.395, W 91� 5.816.

    The landslide occurred approximately half-way between Lake Fubar and Lake Verret.

    The two bayous, Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou, where the 1-mile by 3-mile collpasing salt dome is, empty into Lake Verret.

    Old-timers in the area told this reporter long ago, soon after the “sinkhole” first appeared and had begun to grow last summer, that it would ultimately join Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou as well as Lake Verret, making the Cajun fishermen’s homeland one massive oil and gas chemical lake.

    The sinkhole is spewing large amounts of oil and methane that are oozing to the surface. Nevertheless, the state is still issuing permits for oil and gas companies to operate business as usual there.

    The oil and gas disaster in Assumption Parish has been a nightmare for over 300 residents in the swampy area.

    Today, people there are even more uncertain about the future.

    One of seven operators of the salt dome, Houston-baed Texas Brine LLC., is negotiating with residents about buying out their land. This applies only to those not involved in lawsuits against it. Those suing will have to wait.