Gov’t: Contaminants in giant sinkhole could spread to freshwater swampland — Benzene is entering groundwater — Damage to ‘Louisiana Coastal Zone’

Published: August 5th, 2013 at 1:39 pm ET
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Title: Louisiana suing Texas Brine over Assumption sinkhole
Source: The Advocate
Author: David J. Mitchell
Date: August 4, 2013

[...] The state suit alleges that Texas Brine and Occidental mined the salt dome cavern “to the point that the cavern became structurally unstable, thereby causing the collapse of the cavern and damage to Louisiana’s waters, natural resources, and the State’s Coastal Zone.” [...]

State experts also have argued that the cavern collapse triggered the release of crude oil and natural gas from deep sources outside the salt dome, allowing them to migrate into shallow areas underneath the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities, presenting a risk of explosive gas accumulations in homes and garages.

The suit cites sinkhole-related environmental damage that includes tremors, continuing growth of the sinkhole, the presence of gas and oil in the sinkhole, accumulation of gas in the area’s aquifer, the presence of benzene in groundwater near the sinkhole and other contaminants in the sinkhole, including saline water, that could spread into surrounding freshwater swampland. [...]

See also: UK Reporter: Gas bubbling up like 'small underwater geysers' around giant Louisiana sinkhole; Widespread methane leakage -- General: Big environmental groups ignoring disaster

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13 comments to Gov’t: Contaminants in giant sinkhole could spread to freshwater swampland — Benzene is entering groundwater — Damage to ‘Louisiana Coastal Zone’

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    " that could spread into surrounding freshwater swampland. [...]"
    That IS spreading into surrounding freshwater swampland.

    Words need to be fitted around the truth.


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    They thought that if you hollowed out skyscraper sized caverns in salt, and filled em up with liquids (mostly toxic) that reach several thousand pounds per square inch, there would be no blowouts or collapses. The idea was that the salt would heal itself and there would be no unforeseen circumstances, natural or manmade


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  • dosdos dosdos

    The benzene has to be from fracking sludge. There is no other documented source for it, and it's not a naturally occurring compound in nature. It just is too reactive to remain pure in any detectable quantity, unless it was put there intentionally. I'm surprised that it has remained below ground this long. It must have nestled itself in a pocket deep in the salt cavern and took a long time to reach the surface region.


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  • irhologram

    Dosdos. From Wikipedia: Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil, and is one of the most elementary petrochemicals. Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon and the second [n]-annulene ([6]-annulene), a cyclic hydrocarbon with a continuous pi bond. It is sometimes abbreviated Ph–H. Benzene is a colorless and highly flammable liquid with a sweet smell. It is mainly used as a precursor to heavy chemicals, such as ethylbenzene and cumene, which are produced on a billion kilogram scale. Because it has a high octane number, it is an important component of gasoline, composing a few percent of its mass. Most non-industrial applications have been limited by benzene's carcinogenicity.


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    • dosdos dosdos

      I will agree that the benzene ring is found fairly abundantly in nature, such as oil deposits, but not in its pure state. It is very reactive and bonds aggressively with other free molecules. It must be refined to make it pure. It is used in fracking in sufficient quantities that it will show up in pure form in the sludge. In the quantities they have found at the sinkhole, I don't see it coming from the crude. It's just too abundant to be a natural product.


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  • irhologram

    What benzene is
    Benzene is a chemical that is a colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature. It has a sweet odor and is highly flammable.
    Benzene evaporates into the air very quickly. Its vapor is heavier than air and may sink into low-lying areas.
    Benzene dissolves only slightly in water and will float on top of water.

    Great! Another ground-hugging, highly flamable gas vapor.

    Natural sources of benzene include volcanoes and forest fires. Benzene is also a natural part of crude oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke.

    Benzene works by causing cells not to work correctly. For example, it can cause bone marrow not to produce enough red blood cells, which can lead to anemia. Also, it can damage the immune system by changing blood levels of antibodies and causing the loss of white blood cells.


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  • irhologram

    "…triggered the release of crude oil and natural gas from deep sources outside the salt dome, allowing them to migrate into shallow areas underneath the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities, presenting a risk of explosive gas accumulations…"

    DEEP sources OUTSIDE the salt dome!! See? The sinkhole is a SYMPTOM. It's not the main problem.


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  • jec jec

    Anyone see any mention of the safety of the citizens living in the area? Any word on evacuation and on covering the peoples costs BEFORE the government takes its slice. Seems the government was collecting THEIR info for a lawsuit..while the people facing this disaster have to go thru hand to hand combat on their own against both the big businesses AND US government. What about the safety of the local people in the area?! Benzene is certainly enough to worry about healthwise…be there are a few other 'nasty' surprises as well.


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    Did the Roosevelt Administration Send Uranium and Other Atomic Materials to Stalin?

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