New footage of Louisiana sinkhole shows oil sheen covering surface — “At 500 feet, air is thick with smell of crude” during recent flyover — Officials plan in case subsidence forces highway to shut down (VIDEO)

Published: August 14th, 2013 at 8:15 pm ET
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The Advocate, Aug. 14, 2013: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is investigating alternatives in case subsidence around the sinkhole forces the highway to be shut down. [...] they are conducting constant monitoring of La. 70 that has not raised concerns about subsidence that would force the closure of the highway.

Mother Jones, Aug. 7, 2013: On a scorching June morning, I board a Cessna to survey the sinkhole [...] At 500 feet, the air is thick with the smell of crude, and the water has a rainbow sheen [...] In the car, ["Sonny" Cranch, a crisis PR specialist retained by Texas Brine] says this morning’s burp hadn’t released much oil, but once we get to the site and inhale the fumes, he quickly revises his estimate upward: “I lied—that’s more than five gallons.”

Flyover footage from August 14, 2013 here

Published: August 14th, 2013 at 8:15 pm ET
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