Radio: Geologists predict entire 3-mile-wide salt dome below sinkhole may collapse — “This is a really an ongoing disaster, it’s going to continue to get worse” (AUDIO)

Published: October 2nd, 2012 at 4:50 pm ET
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Baton Rouge’s Morning News
1150 WJBO Radio
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Stuart Smith, Attorney: This is a really an ongoing disaster. It’s going to continue to get worse. Hopefully the entire dome won’t collapse, but that’s what some geologists are predicting.

Host: You’ve got to believe that’s at least a possibility… I assume that’s one of the main reasons they don’t want those people back in their homes because if that thing does open up, and all that — who knows how big it will be — if it all just sinks on in.

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Published: October 2nd, 2012 at 4:50 pm ET
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7 comments to Radio: Geologists predict entire 3-mile-wide salt dome below sinkhole may collapse — “This is a really an ongoing disaster, it’s going to continue to get worse” (AUDIO)

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Just like Fukushima, I don't see how this disaster will turn out well.

  • dosdos dosdos

    What happens when you dump fracking sludge in a salt dome. It collapses and poisons the water table. The question is, how many times will this event be repeated in other salt domes that have been contaminated with fracking sludge?

    • vivvi

      or anywhere else, for that matter … I don't see any safe place to put that crap, so the best plan is not to create it to begin with.

      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        I have been following this since it began and I've got a very eerie feeling probably just a virus ;>)

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      "…What happens when you dump fracking sludge in a salt dome. It collapses and poisons the water table…"

      How does throwing in the term 'fracking sludge' to this otherwise serious disaster help anyone here? Texas Brine's permit only mentions SCALE that accumulates on and around solution mining equipment. There's radium in it and they shouldn't be hiding it anywhere, but its a drop in the bucket compared to the brine tailings they've been pumping into the bayou for three or four decades.

      I would think a few barrels of solution-mining NORM is a little less problematic than millions of gallons of radioactive drilling mud and water from oil production pumped into underground disposal wells.

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/tunnel/solid_forces.html
    http://www.design-technology.org/archbridges.htm
    The shortened expected depth is a cause for worry.
    Fracking and wells take out key supports, leaving the remainder soggy.