Officials: Oil coming up at giant sinkhole — Bottom now so deep, unable to measure with current equipment — Depth of over 500 feet

Published: July 14th, 2013 at 11:40 am ET


Title: 9:45 a.m. Update
Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury
Date: July 14, 2013

Additional hydrocarbon and debris have come to the surface of the sinkhole.

Also, John Boudreaux has tagged bottom in the center of the sinkhole (where the raindrop bubbles are occurring) and the depth is over 500′; although, debris was felt at about 175′ to 200′ (while the weight continued to fall to the 500′ depth).

Attempts will be made some time this week to measure (with a longer measuring device) to obtain the depth of what is suspected to be the upside down witches hat.

We will update accordingly.

Watch the July 10th flyover of sinkhole here

Published: July 14th, 2013 at 11:40 am ET


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19 comments to Officials: Oil coming up at giant sinkhole — Bottom now so deep, unable to measure with current equipment — Depth of over 500 feet

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Read'em sticks to short now?
    Upside down witches hat?
    Belching,etc..ya..Mr. Cranch..normal..
    Sinkhole bottoming out at unknown depth..ya..normal.

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    A plug of the size of the Empire State Building with no casings.

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    What happened to all the talk about the sinkhole showing signs of stabilizing? Why won't the bottom start to find a stable angle of repose?

    My guess is that it isn't ready yet.

    Prediction for the next meeting:

    Hecox: I know we reported that the sinkhole was showing signs of stabilizing but in true Bayou Corne fashion, it proved us wrong again (and again and again . . . ). We thought that blah blah blah no hydrogen sulfide blah blah no lel levels reported blah blah homes with gas detected under them not likely to be a health hazard blah blah vented and will no longer blow your house up while you sleep blah blah no reports of any health problems (townspeople coughing to hard to hear the rest . . . .

    (the paragraph above is not a real quote or transcript)

    Really, I am glad that more people have gotten clear of this. I still hold my expectation that this is a slow rolling freight train on a collision course with a lot more people's lives than it has touched already. I would love to hear Itasca's update, long overdue as the sinkhole blew right past their most likely and worst case scenarios. I am ready for the officials to stop splitting the areas / volumes for subsidence, which is part of the sinkhole, off from the reported figures and then acting stupid about why they have discrepancies in the calculated volumes. That is what happens when you manipulate data and use creative accounting, stop it. It hasn't gone unnoticed.

  • irhologram

    New sinkhole area landslide event has been listed by RSOE as:

    EDIS CODE: LS-20130709-39953-USA
    Date & Time: 2013-07-09 03:33:40 [UTC]
    Area: USA, State of Louisiana, Assumption Parish,

    Coordinates are listed as: N 29� 55.395, W 91� 5.816.

    I was wondering why we haven't seen this story here:

    The landslide occurred approximately half-way between Lake Fubar and Lake Verret.

    The two bayous, Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou, where the 1-mile by 3-mile collpasing salt dome is, empty into Lake Verret.

    Old-timers in the area told this reporter long ago, soon after the “sinkhole” first appeared and had begun to grow last summer, that it would ultimately join Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou as well as Lake Verret, making the Cajun fishermen’s homeland one massive oil and gas chemical lake.

    The sinkhole is spewing large amounts of oil and methane that are oozing to the surface. Nevertheless, the state is still issuing permits for oil and gas companies to operate business as usual there.

    The oil and gas disaster in Assumption Parish has been a nightmare for over 300 residents in the swampy area.

    Today, people there are even more uncertain about the future.

    One of seven operators of the salt dome, Houston-baed Texas Brine LLC., is negotiating with residents about buying out their land. This applies only to those not involved in lawsuits against it. Those suing will have to wait.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      I don't understand the uncertainty. Their future lies elsewhere, the way of life they enjoyed was cashed in long ago and now the cost of that sale is due. If you are looking for an upside to this, there are several valuable lessons to be learned from the long list of mistakes that were made.

      Don't trust your politicians, they will only work as hard as you make them.

      If you give the government your blind faith you'll never see it coming.

      Most petroleum companies have little understanding or concern for the long term impacts of their actions.

      The focus of the petroleum industries understanding and research is placed on how to squeeze the most profit out of their operations, not how to do it the best way.

      You should research any big investment like it was important to you. If you are investing in real estate it is good to know your neighbors including industrial and manufacturing facilities, locations of services such as hospitals, schools, fire departments etc, and any hazardous or potentially hazardous operations near your investment.

      Perhaps the greatest lesson to learn is that no one, no person or company owns anything on this planet. We only barrow this stuff while we are here. Enjoy what you have while you have it, things tend to change over time on this rock.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I agree, irhologram, as the landslide has been totally ignored by most media outlets and in my mind was major news but I can only find small blurbs pertaining to this incident. Actually it seems like this entire catastrophe is being ignored which makes me wonder if it is because they know nothing can stop this cascade of salt dome failures and the bayou from turning into a toxic dump. I do hope I'm mistaken.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi moonshellblue

        I think, the reason why it's not reported on it like it should be: They don't want any attention to it so they can keep playing their criminal dangerous games to our environment. Like in any business they want to keep the money rolling in and they want to pay out as less as they can. I think they would like to keep business going doing damage in other places.

        I believe, they have not acted responsible to the environment or to the people, the people in charge have looked the other way on many things they shouldn't, the public have become uniformed, too concerned with their own daily life just trying to get by, and probably they don't want to hear something they feel they can't change. Everyday people are having a hard enough time controlling their own lives making ends meet.

        I think this is already a toxic dump. The question for me is, how big will this get and what else can happen?
        If they could stop this, wouldn't it have already been done? Hopefully someone will come up with something, but I'm not holding my breath.

        I believe this is all very dangerous, just as I do with Fukushima, having Nuclear Plants around the world, deep drilling, fracking, mining, and so on.

        Our oceans, the world, is slowly bleeding out. Is there still a healthy place to live?
        What we are breathing in, drinking, eating, is a crime, and they keep wrecking this place.

    • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

      Hi irhologram

      I went to Google Earth and put in the coordinates 29 55.395, N 91 5.816 W from RSOE. They must go in different than as RSOE posts them.

      The supposed landslide is far south of the sinkhole and far west of Lake Verrett. I don't know how to measure distance on Google Earth.

      There is definitely a maze of oil field canals in that area, which is between Lake Verret and Napoleonville. Here is a screenshot from Google Earth.

      I also have it saved on Google Earth but don't know how to share that here.

  • irhologram for discussion. TY, Rain for info. Question: how does one have a landslide in a flat, oil canal, swamp? Do they mean sinkhole? Subsidence? Did part of the dome collapse? If its so remote, as expressed in site above, how did they even know about it? Why were there seismic monitors on this site, in particular? Which location is this on Ceri? What are the measurements of the landslide? But my biggest question is, how do you have a landslide in a swamp? UNLESS. A hole opens up and everything falls in…that kind of landslide?

  • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

    All good questions irhologram, and questions you might direct to RSOE. Landslide is their term. I have no idea how a landslide can occur in a swamp. Maybe it is another sinkhole but their monitors can't differentiate. We've had smaller typical sinkholes happen here before according to one local.

    I'm not so sure they were "monitoring" that area, or if their monitors just pick up great distances. RSOE and CERI are not the same, right?

    That area is no where near the dome, so this, if anything really happened, should have nothing to do with the dome, or the cavern collapse. That's oil field wells you see on that map. Not salt domes and caverns.

    • irhologram

      Than you for that clarification. Seems as if this was a misleading story. My bad for not putting the link up with it so I could remember exactly where it came from….if you're saying this landslide was nowhere near the Napoleanville dome. But is it near "other" dome/cavern formations? What IS under a "maize of oil field canals.?" If the methane/oil coming up at the sinkhole is the same event, and this never was "belching," but , instead it was outflow, as I think …then, i suppose the "landslide" could have been a mounding up of materials and sliding down. Rain, you're saying it's closer to the Baton Rouge area? (Where they've experienced bubbling under paved streets and a lifting of pavement, per Charles on Godlike Productions.).

  • dosdos dosdos

    If the center is dropping, it means the sinkhole is about to expand in diameter. The witch hat funnel will not sustain itself under the pull of gravity, and the edges will slough into the lake to fill the bottom. So expect more trees to disappear soon as it grows.

  • ftlt

    Does not modern sonar give depth readings??…

    Would not they do as good a job as sounding and over a greater area???

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    July 10, 2013 sinkhole flyover from On Wings of Care, video and stills:
    Mother Earth has been pierced by human hand.
    The price of greed has just gone up. is not very inspiring these days, is it?