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


Title: State looking into piping problem in cavern near Bayou Corne sinkhole
Source: The Advocate
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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15 comments to Problem at ANOTHER cavern in salt dome near giant Louisiana sinkhole — “Automatic emergency systems” engaged — No ‘immediate’ safety risk to public

  • domjox domjox

    No immediate danger to public, I feel safe knowing there is no danger. What kind of piping problem? Like pipes breaking from ground movement?

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    Someone better tell TB's lawyers that they may have unfriendly fire coming their way, in the near future.

    Especially if it turns out that water(?) from the sinkhole is lubricating the fault-line that runs under the saltdome, theres 50+ caverns that may go POP in the near future.

    On second thoughts, don't tell them, lets leave it as a NICE surprise 😉

  • razzz razzz

    Cap rock melting?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Probably..the integrity of the salt dome is in question ..whether they want to admit it or not..

    • davidh7426 davidh7426

      One of the options on the detour of Hwy 70 was to avoid the saltdome totally.

      Which leads me to think, that they either knew that this, or something like it, was going to happen, or probably would.

  • We Not They Finally

    "It stores a flammable hydrocarbon"? And that causes WHAT if it hits air and comes into contact with the tiniest fire source?

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    • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

      I hunted rabbits as a young teen just outside the fence where those bunkers are in the 50's. At that time it was Biggs AFB, and when it was closed it was turned over to the Army (Fort Bliss). Biggs was home to many B-52s and the last of the B-36, which I was fortunate enough to see both on the ground and in the air.

  • irhologram

    What if the "problem" automatic shutdown was from sensors detecting gas in too much quantity or too toxic or too dangerous to flare? Given the history of the area, how far fetched is it to consider that H2S was detected? Or in any case, that their storage cavern was breached and invaded by "something" that must not be allowed out? If caverns are in trouble two miles away from the sinkhole, is this one outside or inside Napoleanville Dome? Or…it could just be that the piping became clogged…

  • ftlt

    I put in underground piping, eating the dust at Fairfield's Travis Airforce base for 6 months where a B-29 went in carrying nukes and exploded – they never recovered the bombs.. O' they lied about it until 50 years later… Most folks who live there have no idea, they live in and around a fragmented nuke polluted city..

    There is our armed forces at work protecting us, again…

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    C6HCL2F3N20 or C7H3CL2F302S of methylene chloride is one step away from propylene.
    A breach in containment will jeopardize control and will start producing (manufacturing and then storing) as methane absorption is a very likely in the dome area with a bit of
    , shall we say too much of a bad thing.
    If you think that is bad, the bad bad is when it forms a cheboomical.