Problem at ANOTHER cavern in salt dome near giant Louisiana sinkhole — “Automatic emergency systems” engaged — No ‘immediate’ safety risk to public

Published: July 18th, 2013 at 2:02 pm ET
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Title: State looking into piping problem in cavern near Bayou Corne sinkhole
Source: The Advocate
Author: DAVID J. MITCHELL
Date: July 18, 2013

An internal piping problem inside a Dow Hydrocarbons underground storage cavern in Assumption Parish prompted automatic emergency systems to burn off propylene and shut the cavity.

Dow officials are working on plans to check the cavern — located about two miles away from an Assumption Parish sinkhole. The situation poses no immediate safety risk to the public. [...]

The cavern, which is more than a one-third of a mile underground in the salt dome, stores propylene, a flammable hydrocarbon. [...]

The cavern is located on Dow’s site on the opposite side of the salt dome from the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole and the failed Texas Brine Co. cavern suspected of causing it. [...]

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Published: July 18th, 2013 at 2:02 pm ET
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