Newspaper: Officials concerned about radioactive material below giant Louisiana sinkhole

Published: November 27th, 2012 at 2:54 am ET


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Title: Radioactive material handling probed
Source: The Advocate
Date: November 27, 2012

State officials are investigating how Texas Brine Co. LLC handled naturally occurring radioactive material [NORM] in Assumption Parish — where a large sinkhole was found Aug. 3 — and whether it was illegally disposed of inside the Napoleonville Dome in the mid-1990s. […]

Texas Brine officials, in a statement last week, said they did not put NORM in the caverns […]

The statement contradicts detailed comments from company officials on Aug. 10 that a small amount of NORM was disposed of in the Napoleonville Dome […]

Sonny Cranch, spokesman for Texas Brine, said last week that officials “misspoke” then in their attempt to respond to questions about NORM and that it was never put in the cavern.

Statements by Texas Brine VP Bruce Martin

  • “We submitted a request to DNR to place this material, this normally occurring radioactive material, that was actually about a little bit less than a cubic yard, to place it back in the well […] We did that work. That material was solid dirt, dirt with some NORM in it, and it was placed in the bottom of the well, and it would be my guess and firm belief that that’s where it sits today.”
  • The dirt had a radioactivity of 20 to 40 micro-rems per hour

Watch an expert discuss radioactivity around the sinkhole here

Published: November 27th, 2012 at 2:54 am ET


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21 comments to Newspaper: Officials concerned about radioactive material below giant Louisiana sinkhole

  • Weeping Lulu Weeping Lulu

    Seems to me mother nature is trying to give it back maybe texas brine needs to collect it when it comes to the surface and take it home with them. Maybe, texas brine big wigs and environment polluter's will be brought to an awakening, when their kids or grand kids find that under their x-mas tree's!

    • JustmeAlso

      What a dirty X-mess that will be..

    • Anthony Anthony

      Hee hee…..

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Whatever NORM pipe scale Texas Brine put (or 'accidentally' fell) back into the cavern is insignificant compared to the amount of pipe scale in all their pipes TODAY.

      Every single solution-mined well in the Napoleonville Salt Dome resulted in thousands of feet of extraction-side piping and tanks filled with radioactive NORM pipe scale. Hundreds – maybe thousands of pounds of it. I'm way more worried how well the companies can be trusted to handle *that* then busting Texas Brine for something all the brine wells were probably doing in 1995.

      There's a thousand people from Bayou Corne that couldn't spent Thanksgiving in their own home, for God's sake. The U.S. government conspired to keep radiation levels away from the American people after Fukushima. Hundreds-of-thousands of people of Alaska, Oregon, Western Canada and Arizona were bathed with unknown amounts of I-131 and can't find out because that information is classified. How is busting Texas Brine for this going to help anything? The people of Bayou Corne will never get an honest measurement anyway no matter how many tons of NORM were dumped in all the brine wells.

      Every one of those brine wells lost pounds of pipe scale to their caverns when they were worked over. There isn't a single brine well that doesn't have NORM deposits or pipe scale littering the bottom. Eventually, every pipe will have to be descaled – there going to put it *somewhere*.

    • Weeping Lulu Weeping Lulu

      When our/we society sugar coat stuff the way it has been, people do not open their eyes or question things and have a reaction that makes us move/think for change we are at peace. When we say just the right amount, society is happy and goes along with everything that is said(sheeple), even if it kills us. When we say something from truth or that hits a nerve without going at it pampering everyones "feelings", we open eyes and cause people to say, "WFT are these maniac's doing!" I want people to read all posts and think and say, "Im not a carpet and I give a crap what happens to my family, community, self and well society." That makes us more human with a heart when we care about other people that's why I wrote that! This catastrophy in Louisiana not only effects those residents and in no way should they be swept under the carpet for their lives/safety. It makes me angry that I know all of this info on this site as other's, news, tv and nothing changes. I, make no appoloziges for being blunt and to the point where it causes people to open their eyes! This earth affects everyone of us that breath, take in water and eat; we should be united and fighting for it not separate ourselves from the problems.

      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        Exactly, WL. And if someone's eyes were opened, then they will regret what happened in the past, but will know to keep an eye on where the brine miners try to hide the thousands of pounds of radioactive pipe scale they have right now.

        I can't speak for the folks forced out of their homes in Bayou Corne, but I'll offer a guess that Texas Brine's NORM hiding places are nowhere near the top of their concerns right now.

  • omniversling

    love the black humour WL, and clever word-play JmA, but could we leave kids out of the consequences please?

    Same as I wont tolerate pedophile (nor abusive, racist, sexist, genderist etc) jokes. Kids have no say, and no legal nor moral responsibility…therefore have no way to acquiesce to the destruction of the planet by their silence, as it seems (very very sadly, and profoundly disturbingly), most adults do…

    (One of) the last thing(s) I would wish upon a child, especially at Xmas, is an even more dressy betrayal (such as a 'gift' of radioactivity disguised as a present), than the one that the planet's adults are already leaving as a legacy, albeit with no decorations….a fatally wounded ecosphere.

    It may be already under the Xmas tree….in every country in the northern hemisphere, only with 'Made in Japan' on the box….

    Even the children of nucleocrats are innocent…

    My 0.02c worth….peace…

  • JustmeAlso


    I agree 100% to leave the kids out of the consequences. If it was only possible.

    • JustmeAlso

      I hope nucleocrats love their children too.

    • Anthony Anthony

      Sadly I think the nerve Weeping Lulu hits is the one that makes people pay attention. The people who NEED to pay attention.

      • richard richard

        I'm with Anthony here. Weeping Lulu has written nothing wrrong about kids. The message was directed at adults and their responsibility for their children as well as others.

        Please people, you have to drop the political correctness or no change will ever occur. We have been emotional kicked into a corner with PC .. it seems just because you may offend one person you can't make striking message to others. Well, to hell with that. Start getting into people's faces, use shock therapy, because nothing else is working.

        We'll all die from PC at this rate.

  • dosdos dosdos

    Officials determined that there was 20 times the amount permitted placed in the cavern, and it was probably more than their estimate showed. Lying through their teeth to limit liability.

    • many moons

      Natural radiation….oh please….Even if it could be classifed as natural it was presented to us by the industry….they are responsible…natural or not.

  • markww markww

    Dirty Rotten Lying Bas***ds will kill for profit. PUT THEM IN JAIL throw away the key

    Here is another scarey thought OIL Companies still drilling the dome. That is causing most of the damage we are seeing and the FRACKING that is still ongoing.


  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    This gives more credibility to my theory that there is nuclear waste dumped in one or more of those salt domes. If indeed there is no pipe scale dumped in there as previously reported then it must be from the nuke industry. The government has long advocated for nuke waste to be stored in salt domes and have done it exensively. It was done in New Mexico salt domes and many others. The fact that there is a nuke plant 30 miles from these salt domes may just be a coincidence but indeed raises questions atleast. The only radiation testing done since the original report was a flyover plane with testing equipment that cannot be trusted due to the high altitude and winds created by the plane. I have said it before and I am saying it now. There needs to be more if not permanent testing for radiation at the sinkhole area. Do you remember the original article as to when they first discovered the high radiation at the sinkhole? They had on super duty heavy radiation protective gear and clothing like the fukushima workers. I smell a RAT!

  • razzz razzz

    They meant to say 'concentrated' NORM. So, how many equivalent bananas are we talk'in about here?

  • Insight

    I just did a shocking analysis with a map of the area and a compass to measure distance.
    Do the same and see what areas will be destroyed if the sink hole explodes.
    "When the adjacent butane well is finally breached, its ignition has been reported to release as much explosive energy as 100 Hiroshima bombs.

    It is important to note that the total destruction from the bombing of Hiroshima:
    "was one mile in diameter; severe blast damage as much as two miles in diameter".
    Serious blazes resulting from Hiroshima's blast stretched out to a little over three miles in diameter.

    With these statistics, combined with a vast amount of oil to fuel it, an explosion of this sinkhole could conceivably engulf at least 300 miles in diameter, in flame.

    The blast itself has the potential to cause severe damage within a surrounding area of 200 miles.
    The atomic bomb relation of the sinkhole, translates to everything within 100 miles of it, being totally destroyed.

    Note these calculations of damage are conservative. An actual explosion will be much worse due to the nuclear debris within the salt dome.