New sinkhole image shows ‘original edge’ of Napoleonville salt dome may be gone — Section thousands of feet tall (PHOTO)

Published: November 15th, 2012 at 1:32 pm ET
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Title: Shaw Group Presentation
Date: November 13, 2012

  • November 13 (left side): See ‘Approximate Original Edge of Salt Dome’
  • October 23 (right side): See ‘Approximate Edge of Salt Dome’

Compare: Unlike the November 13 image, the October 23 image fails to make clear that the ‘original‘ edge of the salt dome is no longer there.

Watch: Sinkhole Geologist: The outer edge of the salt dome, best we can tell it's gone... at the location of the cavern (VIDEO)

Published: November 15th, 2012 at 1:32 pm ET
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12 comments to New sinkhole image shows ‘original edge’ of Napoleonville salt dome may be gone — Section thousands of feet tall (PHOTO)

  • Anthony Anthony

    Holy, so the massive issue would potentially be the mix of water and salt?


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  • JustmeAlso

    Could it be that salt domes are like the locks between tectonic plates?


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  • lickerface lickerface

    I think they're trying to say the edge of the salt has moved towards the edge of the dome (pushing against the "collapsed material with voids"). Some could say this means the reason brine and crude (and "unknowns") are coming up is because the salt is pushing it out. That's only one way to look at this IMO. The other thought is that something is pushing the salt over into the "collapsed material with voids" via methane from beneath (just my guess, but it could be a combo of all sorts of pressures from the Big Hum, stored crude oil and other wastes, and possibly radioactive wastes PLUS methane). The Big Hum is an oil deposit. Idahopicker has explained it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfN_Sv0PbDQ

    The Cavern Fill area could be filling up, or the salt (which is malleable) is changing shape, especially when there's brine and oil down there. I think it's a big pocket of everything just brewing and changing forms. I find it odd that any company with a brain would decide to store dangerous wastes where there's SALT, a substance that is easily soluble with water. They pump brine into the cavern after filling it with waste, which is unsettling because there's no assurance that it's actually a sound/stable/strong chamber THAT deep into the ground via such a small shaft-well. Obviously the work didn't "stick" – that brine has mixed with the salt dome, causing structural integrity to be decreased. Salt is insoluble in oil, but is the waste oil pure…


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  • lickerface lickerface

    Ok, everyone watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=MRMdfMfPALU&NR=1

    Jefferson Island Disaster: A 2.5 billion gallon lake was draining into a salt mine, forming a whirlpool. The surface of the lake showed a huge vortex of water and mud, pulling sediment and other things with it. Eleven barges and a tugboat got pulled into it! We're talking a LOT of volume in these salt domes.. 150ft waterfall was formed from a canal (it normally drains into the Gulf of Mexico, but here it reversed direction) and rushed to fill up that hole in a northerly direction. It took TWO days for the canal to fill up the hole. Salt mines are not to be messed with, and history shows this.

    If stuff is coming OUT of a salt dome when there's water coming OUT, it seems like all hell has already broken loose below the ground. Can you imagine how horrible it'd be if the Nov 13 image was not accurately represented? It shows Depth (in feet) on the y-axis in a linear fashion, but what if the picture isn't linear?


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    • Insight

      Brings to mind a Nostradamus vision.
      Perhaps the Assumption Parish event will fulfil this prophecy.
      Quatrain 10:49
      Garden of the World near the new city,
      In the road of the hollow mountains,
      It will be seized and plunged into the Tank,
      Forced to drink water poisoned with sulphur.

      Louisiana's fabled Great Mississippi River Road consists of a corridor approximately 70 miles in length located on each side of the river between Baton Rouge and NEW Orleans. The area includes the river, levees, and adjacent lands and cultural resources. Assumption Parish, Louisiana is located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It is defined by its proximity to the Mississippi River industrial corridor to the north and the strong oil and gas industry to the south at the Gulf of Mexico. Salt domes are hollow mountains until the salt grows to fill them. One of the most toxic elements in crude oil and gas products is sulphur. Sulphur forms compounds in gas and oil, such as hydrogen sulfide, that are very corrosive and extremely toxic. Oil storage Tanks are located in New Orleans.


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      • richard richard

        You're a sucker for false prophets there Insight.


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        • Insight

          Hey there, Richard. I find Nostradamus more interesting than crossword puzzles. He accurately predicted Henry II's Death (Century 1, Quatrain 35) and the great London fire (Century 2; Quatrain 51). His predictions are complex, not easily understood and filled with intrigue.
          Quatrain 10:49 certainly has the elements of a salt dome disaster associated with oil and gas. Perhaps an explosion would elevate this Napoleonville situation into the corridors of history. Perhaps Quatrain 10:49 describes the Jefferson Island Disaster. However, the quatrain seems to indicate a large public source for fresh water will become polluted with sulphur.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    No oil deposit has ever been found that didn't have a bubble of natural gas at the top of the formation that held it. Any oil well ever drilled into the center of a virgin oil deposit has had to flare off the natural gas (or in rare cases, captured it) before pumping can begin. To expect oil from a layer to appear without natural gas also appearing would be most unusual.


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  • The Russkies first Chernobyl, way back in the early 60's, came from burying gooey radioactive waste, which then 'chromatographed' down, the heavier elements achieving a criticality at the bottom. They called it a 'mud volcano'. Tremendous contamination from what I read from a scientist that defected to Israel.


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