Title: 6:30 a.m. DNR News Release
Source: Dept. of Natural Resources
Date: Oct. 10, 2012
Louisiana Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh said today that detailed, comparative analysis has revealed that the liquid hydrocarbon from the failed Texas Brine cavern and samples from the nearby sinkhole/slurry area strongly indicate that both are naturally occurring crude oil and not diesel – likely from the same underground source.
Experts theorized that early analysis of the substance coating the surface of the sinkhole/slurry area showed it could be a “diesel-range” hydrocarbon – meaning it contains some of the same hydrocarbons as refined diesel fuel; however, that classification has now been ruled out.
“While our ongoing review of operational records on the Napoleonville Salt Dome has not shown one single underground source known to contain enough diesel fuel to cover the sinkhole/slurry area, an underground oil-and-gas formation could easily account for the amounts found on the sinkhole/slurry area surface and in the cavern.”
Perhaps we’ll find out why no flyover footage was posted on Monday. “The flyover schedule remains on Mondays & Thursdays” -Source, Oct. 2
Published: October 10th, 2012 at 11:49 am ET
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