Officials: ‘Large chunks’ were knocked off salt dome when cavern collapsed — Giant sinkhole now getting deeper

Published: November 30th, 2012 at 3:20 pm ET


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Title: Louisiana Sinkhole Evacuees Won’t Be Home For Awhile
Source: Huffington Post
Author: Susan Buchanan
Date: Nov 30, 2012

[…] Dennis Landry, a local resident and businessman, said before Thanksgiving “gas remains in the aquifer, and a little crude oil is still coming out of the top of sinkhole. Texas Brine contractors laid boom around the sinkhole to keep any oil or other fuel from escaping.” He said “Texas Brine and Shaw Environmental are flaring natural gas off from several wells they drilled. The sinkhole was growing in size but it seems to have stabilized in recent weeks.”

But things don’t stay still for long at the hole. After Thanksgiving, the hole burped up vegetative debris on Nov. 27, and hydrocarbons rose from beneath the hole, according to the Assumption Parish Police Jury. Trees fell in that day and the next. Boom was repositioned to contain hydrocarbons on the surface.

Texas Brine said sinkhole measurements taken on Nov. 14 and reported on Nov. 27 showed the hole had deepened by 30 feet to 145 feet since Nov. 1. […]

As for tremors, Landry said “I haven’t felt them, but other people have. U.S. Geological Survey experts tell us the Aug. 3 collapse of the cavern knocked off large chunks of salt, causing tremors. USGS says the tremors are internal or localized and were not caused by broader seismic activity.” […]

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Published: November 30th, 2012 at 3:20 pm ET


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11 comments to Officials: ‘Large chunks’ were knocked off salt dome when cavern collapsed — Giant sinkhole now getting deeper

  • markww markww




    Something's fishy about this. If they have the imaging equipment that can identify salt chunks falling from the sides and not from the roof of the cavern, then why cannot they tell what is actually blocking the throat of the Borehole?
    I do not believe for a moment that the borehole is full of anything more than oil and methane, (duh!). The soil and subsidence along with plenty of wood pulp damming up the throat with a nearly equal pressure from below is the only answer.

    • sentinelle sentinelle

      Freedomrox, when you speak of a clogged borehole, are you referring to the original well (Oxy No 3 Well) that I seem to recall was filled with concrete and closed years ago? An observation well was drilled called Observation Well Oxy No 3A that angles in to the top of the cavern.


        "On June 6, 2011 the well bore above the cavern was plugged with cement."

        Notice it says above the cavern. How far? To completely fill the whole well bore would be 67 ft. if 2 ft. wide. There is no way that could possibly plug anything. If encased, maybe, but if pressure spiked then it would shoot out like a spitball in a straw.

        If just capped with concreter a few feet above the cavern, then we have a backfill, and if the cavern ruptured and if it's contents are reaching the surface, and since the salinity levels are so high, it did…then it either came up from the borehole, or a side channel, which is supposed to be rock.

        Very fishy.

        • FREEDOMROX

          Sorry I meant to say 67 Yards of concrete if two ft. wide and 5,150 ft. down.

          Additionally if the salinity is so high, then why aren't the fresh water fish dying? This is what officials have claimed. That the fish kills were hurricane related and not sinkhole related.

          I call shananigans.

  • jec jec

    And if they have all this technology–I guess the "official" statements of no "evacuation" necessary outside the original homes means all okay..all safe. Wonder if any insurance company is willing to cover a new policy on homes in the area? The "official" can certify the safety..right? (sarcasm). If insurances will not cover damage to a home (its safe and not having any issues..right?) –then something is fishy. Has anyone had insurance denied or terminated in Bayou Corne area? Anyone have issues obtaining "earthquake" damage insurance(no earthquakes per USGS!)? Flood Insurance? And if so safe..why the need to put in the home-monitoring systems? And then there is the written request by the State government for the names of those unwilling to put in the monitoring devices in their homes….If its all so safe..they should not NEED monitoring.

    Oh..and home and property values..lets just say the property taxes should have fallen a LOT…but why if all so safe and okay? Should Texas Brine purchase all the property affected based on 2011 property values? It should be a profit making purchase–since everything is okay and safe..government says so. (sarcasm). So why being so negative, well…its seems a lot of private citizens are getting the run around, losing access to their homes/property/business/jobs…with little compensation. Would love for someone from Texas Brine ore state to blog how wrong my comments are and provide information on the compensation being…


    If any of you are interested in why these are becoming world wide events, then all you have to do is look up the theory of the "Electric Universe". Hans Alfen predicted these things would happen once an increase in the Birkeland Currents between galaxies, and stars were at maximum. Once a body is injected with energetic resonance of plasma, then it grows. Literally, the Sun and all of the planets are being fed energy on a scale not seen since our first ancestors started handing down stories of the various "Gods in the Sky". That time is approaching us again.
    Major natural changes are coming.

    • or-well

      FREEDOMROX, You are the first person here I have seen mention the Electric Universe theory, and I've been reading, if not commenting, since early on.
      (Of course, I may have missed a reference.)

      I hope you won't be offended if I reserve comment on the specifics of your post. No judgement is implied by that either.

      I reply to say this – for the cosmologically science-minded among the readership here, it could be an avenue of enquiry most fascinating, one deserving of more than a cursory look-see to grasp the many aspects and implications, a re-interpretation of legend and mythology being only one of those.

      I know you don't me, and this is just opinion on the internet, but I'll say anyway that it is one of, if not the most, interesting and possibly significant "Big Science" ideas I have encountered.

      OK, plug over.