Officials: We don’t know how much oil is below giant sinkhole — We don’t know where it’s coming from

Published: December 6th, 2012 at 1:57 pm ET
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Title: Texas Brine: Sinkhole gas flow diminishing
Source: The Advocate
Author: By DAVID J. MITCHELL
Date: December 06, 2012

[...] Scientists with the Louisiana Office of Conservation and its contracted agent, Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, have suggested the cavern failure tapped an oil- and gas-bearing formation thousands of feet deep known as the “Big Hum.”

But officials are not able to say how much oil and gas is in the formation.

“Study is ongoing by Office of Conservation staff and Shaw E&I to determine the potential volume in place, but more work is needed to gather and analyze data to develop a useful estimate,” said Patrick Courreges, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, of which the Office of Conservation is a part.

“Work is being conducted continually to get to the bottom of this situation,” Courreges said.

Officials have also not pinned down with certainty which formation or formations the gas and crude are coming from.

Courreges added the Office of Conservation and Shaw are analyzing the crude to determine the age of the formation or formations that are the source or sources of the oil and gas being stirred up by the sinkhole-forming events. [...]

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