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. [...]
Published: August 5th, 2013 at 1:39 pm ET