Officials: ‘Burp Event’ at giant Louisiana sinkhole — “Additional hydrocarbons are present” — “Seismic activity has been active” (VIDEO)

Published: June 21st, 2013 at 4:33 pm ET


Title: 6/21/13 Burp Event
Source: Assumptionla
Date: June 21, 2013

12:45 p.m. Update from Assumption Parish Police Jury: Additional hydrocarbons are present in the sinkhole as a result of the burp that happened last night. Also noted, seismic activity has been active for the last few days.

Watch the video here

Published: June 21st, 2013 at 4:33 pm ET


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20 comments to Officials: ‘Burp Event’ at giant Louisiana sinkhole — “Additional hydrocarbons are present” — “Seismic activity has been active” (VIDEO)

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Former General Honore tours giant Louisiana sinkhole
    June 20 2013.

    Just in time to help the people pick up the pieces after a disaster?
    And the people will be grateful.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS.I just can't see what good this is going to do the people..if a larger evacuation zone was not called for.

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    I noticed the volume of the ten foot deep or deeper "sinkhole" grew 9% since the last survey. The sinkhole growth is showing no signs of slowing down. This growth in volume shows that material is continuing to go into the throat of the collapse zone. As long as material is exiting the bottom of the sinkhole there is no way for the side walls to start to establish any stability.

    Depth Survey update:

    As far as the discussion about the semantics used in distinguishing the "subsidence zone" from the sinkhole, I am not talking about differences of a quarter inch. I am saying there is no basis for discluding vast areas from the sinkhole volume and total area calculations that are immediately adjacent to the sinkhole and which have experienced substantially more than a quarter inch of change in elevation. Look closely at the information in the key of the link above. It states clearly that the total area inside the -10ft. contour line is 22.4 acres (14% increase) and the total area of the "subsidence area", defined as -2ft. to -10ft. sinking, is an additional 26.4 acres (20% increase). That is a combined area of 48.8 acres (17% increase from last month) and a combined volume of over 2 million cubic yards (11% increase).

    I know there are a lot of numbers but try to look. I can see why they want to use this kind of accounting trick to reduce the total areas and distances to landmarks.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Is the highway going to be ok until it sinks 10 ft.? when it is only 9.9 ft. lower is it the same issue as only a quarter inch of subsidence. I think not.

      I know a quarter of an inch difference is enough to effect structures. I am not saying that areas separated from the sinkhole proper by relatively large distances should be included in the reported numbers. I am saying that it is a deceptive practice to use semantics and accounting tricks to paint a less disturbing picture of the reality underground.

      Heart of the Rose is correct, this thing is still finding it's pace.

      Dos Dos is incorrect, there is a potential for underground collapses to eject contents from these caverns in huge volumes to the surface where the liquids and gases have flammable and even explosive potential. Do your own homework and so not swallow any dismissive information without fully vetting it first.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      sinkhole…a quick (maybe inaccurate) ballpark calculation says that the gigantic cavern is only 1/5th full. Thats the volume of 22 acres x 10 ft. Amazing, Ill have to re-check. Whatever liquid was in there must get displaced somewhere. Seems to show that the salt dome rock walls are not very strong

      • 16Penny 16Penny

        CodeShutdown, the 22 acres is all 10ft. or more deep, the measured bottom on the contour map is about 140 ft deep. I am not sure what method they are using to calculate the volume of this irregular shape but it is surely an estimate with error. The key on the link above gives their volume and area estimates and a total area calculation.

        For quick and dirty comparisons, use the 2 million cubic yards. You can do the math yourself, the numbers are on the key / legend.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          sinkhole…yes, I spoke without research. Just curious how the volumes compare. Turns out the cavern has about four million cubic yards and the sinkhole two million. But they say the cavern has filled with more rubble than the volume of the sinkhole, supposedly because the rubble fluffs up with little voids. The conical shape of the sinkhole makes sense, but the large subsidence area is harder to figure out. Obviously if the volume of the sinkhole exceeds the cavern, something really interesting will be happening. In any case, how can the area be at all safe?

  • WindorSolarPlease

    How can this be good for you, your family, and pets health.
    I would not even visit there.

  • jec jec

    Talk about victims in Japan..just look at Bayou Corne's victims from the sink hole! The victims in Japan are told they are not in danger, ditto for the Bayou Corne victims; victims in Japan are told the situation is stable, not to worry, no danger, victims in Bayou Corne are told situation is stable, not to worry,no danger. BOTH groups of victims are sitting on top of very dangerous flamable/explosive man-made disasters. The responsible people such as TEPCO or TEXAS BRINE have the government under their thumbs..or shall we say blackmailed??!! to stay quiet, OKAY the lies, and agree/rubber stamp efforts by the companies. NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE..

  • paschn

    I wonder if this event has anything to do with the destabilizing of the Hugoton – Panhandle natural gas reserve? It is supposedly the largest in the world and runs north/south from Canada to Mexico..

    Perhaps the "powers-that-be" believe if they bullshit folks long enough all this mess will simply disappear? Thanks to the corruption/rapaciousness of the West, I believe in addition to the Central Bank caused world economic collapse there's gonna be a real mess on many fronts across the globe soon. Thanks G.E.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This is a great little article showing the extent of the sinkhole…outside the berm..

    What They Don't Want You to Know About This Depth Survey

    The larger the burb the larger the displacement subsurface.
    Where is the "additional crude oil" coming from?
    The sinkhole boundary does not represent the area involved.

    If this was a pit of far out would be safe?
    Stand at the edge while the sand is shifting?

    lasinkhole is doing a great job..keeping up with the seismic events…ongoing.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Yes Heart of the Rose, The red line shown is the -2ft. contour line meaning that on the day(s) that the survey data was collected, the area inside the line represents an approximation of what is under two feet or more of water. This is exactly what I have been talking about for weeks regarding the semantics of separating subsidence area from sinkhole area.

      Bottom line is that Itasca was way off with their projection and I haven't heard any new update to their estimate.

      On the subject of updates, anyone been reading the situation summaries? I was disappointed to find so much out of date and chronologically ambiguous entries in their summaries. Things like multiple entries referring to Yesterday or a day of the week with no date. I do not think they expected this to be going on for so long.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS.It's outside the case I wasn't clear.

  • 16Penny 16Penny


    "Texas Brine has reported the floor of Oxy Cavern 3 has gone down to a level of 3,945′ which is 152′ deeper than last week’s measurement. It’s still unknown why this is occurring; however, we will update accordingly as information becomes available."

    At least they are being honest and admitting they don't know the cause. Do you think it could be erosion of the salt dome? Migration of the salt into void spaces. Consolidation of the material filling the cavern? Slower fill rate from the material above? My guess would be a combination of these actions.

  • papacares papacares

    The Gulf Region Is An Ever-Increasing Armageddon Ripe for Mandatory Evacuation

    In addition to imperiling the food supply and destroying the health of the residents, the Gulf disaster is overwhelming the environment and threatens to bring disaster to the southeastern portion of the United States on an unprecedented scale. The holocaust in the Gulf has grown to such proportions that the European Union Times reports issued a grave report which was prepared for President Medvedev by Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources in which the report warns that the BP spill will become the worst environmental catastrophe in all of human history and will bring total destruction to the Eastern half of the North American continent. The environmental damage has spread as far north as Memphis as local residents report toxic rainfall, containing Corexit, is falling on and damaging local farmers crops. This report aired over two years ago and was among the first indicators that the evapotranspiration will cycle was impacted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the subsequent use of Corexit to “disperse” the spilled oil.
    There are also massive sinkholes and enormous amounts of escaping methane gas from the Bayou Corne, LA. disaster area is particularly concerning. Local officials have made repeated references to “powerful underground forces” which are causing the monster sinkholes in the swampland

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    AMEN Papacares – hit the nail on the head. The 1 inch a yr sinking of S louisianna is causing extreme stress on the aging submerged pipeline infrastructure of the southwest. More pipeline explosions and sinkholes coming to a theatre near u soon…………. The COREXIT used on the BP oil spill has evaporated into our rain and deposited on us like radioactive puke in the southwest. And in our shrimp and seafood………..FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!!!!!!!!! Was fun while it lasted..