Officials: ‘Growth event’ underway at giant sinkhole — Salt may be shifting underground — Site evacuated, equipment removed — Oxy 3 well pad in jeopardy (MAP)

Published: January 19th, 2013 at 7:46 pm ET
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Title: 3:30 p.m. Update from DNR
Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury
Date: January 19, 2013
h/t RadChick
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The Office of Conservation, in consultation with Assumption Parish Incident Command, is advising that the Texas Brine facility sinkhole appears to be undergoing a growth event, indicated by a recent upswing in measured seismic activity that began to decrease about the time of this morning’s release of debris and crude oil to the top of the sinkhole, as well as the appearance of cracks on the surface of the Oxy 3 well pad, located directly above Texas Brine’s failed cavern and on the eastern side of the sinkhole.

Location of Oxy #3 (Map dated Oct. 31, 2012)

[...] Observations indicate that the current growth event is centered on the east side of the sinkhole – possibly related to shifting of salt and material within the cavern collapse zone. [...]

Following the appearance of the well pad surface cracks on the southwestern corner of the Oxy 3 well pad, the Office of Conservation advised that personnel and equipment should be removed from the site to ensure safety while observation and analysis of the growth event are ongoing.

Though the exact timing and extent of episodic growth events cannot be predicted, the Office of Conservation and its consultants had identified the Oxy 3 well pad as being within the area of potential sinkhole growth [...]

UPDATE: New flyover footage of sinkhole here

Published: January 19th, 2013 at 7:46 pm ET
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37 comments to Officials: ‘Growth event’ underway at giant sinkhole — Salt may be shifting underground — Site evacuated, equipment removed — Oxy 3 well pad in jeopardy (MAP)

  • ncmissouri

    The force behind this growth must be tremendous. I don't see how it could go to sleep after this.


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  • byron byron

    The well pad is the area just next to the sinkhole, correct? There were vehicles parked there in the flyovers. Or is the the next area over from that where there is building complex? Waiting to see what the photos or film show next.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    Oxy 3 is falling down, falling down, falling down….

    It was bound to happen. The sinkhole is not yet full size, or even half way there.


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  • razzz razzz

    You knew they tipped their hat when discussing rerouting the hiway to keep it open for traffic. Wonder if they had guessestimated just how far to rebuild it to be out of harms way?

    Google Earth is a free download, it can be fun and serious at the same time.


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    • FREEDOMROX

      Razzz, you hit the nail on the head, but Enenews hasn't reported on the biggest tipping of their hand….the permanent re-routing of Crosstex Pipelines to the east.

      As reported by Louisiana Sinkhole Bugle:
      http://lasinkhole.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/saturday-news-2/

      and originally reported by 'The Advocate'

      Pipeline re-routes planned
      http://theadvocate.com/news/ascension/4934435-123/pipeline-re-routes-planned

      "Acadian Gas Pipeline System and Crosstex Energy LP have applications pending with the state Office of Conservation to construct new sections of pipeline south and east of the sinkhole after recent public hearings on the proposals, said Patrick Courreges, spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources.

      Crosstex Energy, which is based in Dallas, has issued news releases estimating it is losing $250,000 to $300,000 per month while the section of its 36-inch pipeline next to the sinkhole is out of service.

      Acadian lost two 20-inch lines that are an important link in the company’s 705-mile Louisiana network. The loss left the system “bifurcated” between southern and northern segments, said Rick Rainey, spokesman for Enterprise Products Partners LP of Houston, the corporate parent of Acadian Gas. The loss also shut in two natural gas production wells in Assumption."


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Click on the picture and you can see very good close up shots with the zoom feature at the bottom of the page after you click on the picture. You can zoom in on OXY 3 pad pretty good also. Pretty interesting that you can now travel by boat from the bayou directly into the sinkhole. Look at the boat in the canal (used to be the pipeline road) – follow the old pipeline road that is adjacent to the sinkhole / now a canal, go south and just before it meets the bayou on the right side you will see a boat off in an inlet that can clearly travel from the bayou to the sinkhole. That entire cavern system is erroding and permanently compromised. It is getting worse every day. You can also clearly see that the new tree fall ins are pointing directly(direction of failure travel path) towards the fuel storage caverns. Immediate removal of as much of the reserves in all the caverns there needs to be of the highest priorities at this point. Oxy 3 has already started to break up. The helicorders also show consistant seismic and cavern failure activity(besides the man made and rig activity). The butane and propane caverns will be next to fail. Toxic and explosive bubbles the size of hot air baloons and bigger will be coming up when that happens. Guess the mainstream media will inform the masses after a catastrophe happens. Where is Jindal? Where is Obama? Besides the human toll, property loss and environmental dangers, the Strategic oil reserves are in danger!


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    • FREEDOMROX

      You are correct, TM2020 in just about every respect, and it is just kicking into medium gear, and not high gear yet.

      The communication between all water systems has been horrific indeed, and will continue unabated until the overburden of the water is drawn down over the very fragile area known as the 'sinkhole'. I take it Texas Brine, Sahw, LDNR, LDEQ, and all the rest are just hoping for sunshine and evaporation.

      I do believe the Butane cavern is in extreme danger. If that ever reaches the 'sinkhole' and communicates to those waters, then hell on earth will happen fast. Too toxic for the human body to withstand unprotected for very long.

      Only thing you are incorrect about is the SPR. They aren't located there.


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      • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

        Are you sure that none of those caverns house any of the Strategic resrves? You are saying that they are wholly owned by private oil companies? I say this because most of the strategic oil reserves are kept in salt caverns in many spread out areas? LMK. Thanks.


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        • FREEDOMROX

          Yes, Dow Chemical Corp, and Entergy/Koch Bros., pretty much own the whole shooting match. All by private corporations, without a doubt. PB Energy is a go-between and one other is Occidental Chemical.

          "It's a madhouse, I can hardly get next to myself!"

          Motor City Madhouse, Ted Nugent


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      • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

        Hey Freedomrox, do you realize that you could drive a boat from the site of the BP oil spill directly to and into into the sinkhole without ever stopping.


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        • FREEDOMROX

          No, that is very interesting indeed. Have a current map? I would love to see it. Also, when you contacted my blog, you never left your email address, but I did leave mine there…if you still want to.


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          • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

            Here is a map that you can see where from the gulf you can go up into atchafalaya bay and then into the bayous of southern louisianna, and now that you can access the sinkhole from the nearest bayou as shown in the picture, there you have it.
            http://geology.com/lakes-rivers-water/louisiana.shtml
            I didn't see your email addy , will look for it.


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            • FREEDOMROX

              Well. I'll be damned. It is possible. Not once the waters recede, but still very close. Oh, Crap, though. Do you understand what this means in terms of communicating all of the 'Stinkhole' contents East, West, and South?

              It will lead straight to the Gulf! Again!

              Only making stops along the way to poison others who don't have a clue…..

              Good work TM 2020, but bad news.


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              • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

                Mabey if they would change the status to a national emergency the feds would get more involved. They are needed for logistics and fuel reserve removal and transfer assistance, they have the trucks for it and can order in civil assistance from all oil companies with fuel transfer vehicles. The homeland security guy there seems to be knowledgeable however this is way over his head and needs reinforcements. He is a state homeland security official. We need homeland security at the federal level involved. And we need them yesterday. This is going to get much worse very soon. Time is of the essence now.


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                • FREEDOMROX

                  It always has been. LDNR, Texas Brine, and LEDQ all squandered it. Nothing can be done about the logistics, but if a Federal Emergency was declared, then the resident's would have a way out, and capture of all communicating gases, fluids, TDS's, TDC's, and all petroleum would be mitigated, and most of all bring public pressure to bear!

                  Bobby Jindal should be impeached, and banned from political discourse over his 'handling' of this disaster! It is criminal!


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  • FREEDOMROX

    Yessir, none are at Napoleonville. Thank God for that little bit.

    "Bryan Mound – Freeport, Texas. 20 caverns with a storage capacity of 254 million barrels (40,400,000 m3) with a drawdown capacity of 1.5 million barrels (240,000 m3) per day.

    Big Hill – Winnie, Texas. Has a capacity of 160 million barrels (25,000,000 m3) with a drawdown capacity of 1.1 million barrels (170,000 m3) per day. This facility is planned to be expanded by 250 million barrels (40,000,000 m3) with a new drawdown capacity of 1.5 million barrels (240,000 m3) per day.

    West Hackberry – Lake Charles, Louisiana. Has a capacity of 227 million barrels (36,100,000 m3) with a drawdown capacity of 1.3 million barrels (210,000 m3) per day.

    Bayou Choctaw – Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Has a capacity of 76 million barrels (12,100,000 m3) with a maximum drawdown rate of 550,000 barrels (87,000 m3) per day. This facility is planned to be expanded to 109 million barrels (17,300,000 m3) with a new drawdown capacity of 600,000 barrels (95,000 m3) per day.'

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Petroleum_Reserve_(United_States)


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Thank you freedom for your usual great clarification of that. Still does not change the fact of whats sitting in those caverns at napoleonville. And that they should be emptied as much as possible even if the government has to step in and help. What are your thoughts on that please.


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    • FREEDOMROX

      It's a Catch-22. Butane is very hard to transfer and has to be done under very controlled pressures and conditions. From what I have dug up, and Crosstex's own admittedly untimely updates is that over 2/3's is now out od Cavern 1 and in Cavern 2, (I believe that's it correct designation), and also pumped to customers.

      Unfortunately, that is still a lot of freaking butane! I fear and have feared as Mr. Boudreau does of a 'Domino Effect', and you have talked about it as well.

      Again, since it can only be carefully moved at controlled pressures and at only a pre-determined rate, then all we can do is pray that a lateral fault/crack has not migrated that far east. According to the heli's though, it is very possible.

      The 'Throat Seep Plug' is attempting to clear itself, and this was not a 'burp', but a 'belch'. Once pressures rebound and build again underneath for a few more months, then it will explosively 'Clear it's Throat'. That is, if it doesn't implode before then.

      We will just have to see how much damage was caused today.


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  • FREEDOMROX

    To make matters even worse, please download the bottom three TIF's of the Gamma Ray Survey performed on 8/22/2012, and understand how Mr. Hecox couls honestly say, "There has been a Frack Out of the cavern."

    They have known since August 22nd precisely what was happening to the cavern, yet have done nothing to mitigate the disaster.

    The Survey shows that there has been infiltration of the salt at 700 ft. by the bottom of the Aquifer, and shows that from 3600 ft. down, that the cavern was blown out and a wreck.

    No more proof is needed. The resident's and their lawyers can now proceed with actions against Texas Brine, and the State of Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources for Willful Neglect and Harm, and a host of other criminal and civil charges.

    http://freedomrox.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/louisiana-sinkhole-and-proof-ldnr-and-texas-brine-knew-oxy-3-could-fail-in-2010/


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