Report: Oil sheen in waterway almost 1/2 mile from giant sinkhole (PHOTOS)

Published: February 1st, 2013 at 2:40 pm ET
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Title: Bayou Corne Sinkhole Monitoring Flight
Source: Louisiana Environmental Action Network
Flight courtesy of SouthWings
Pilot: Lance Rydberg
Photographer: Jeffrey Dubinsky
Ground Crew: Paul Orr
Date Posted: January 31 2013

On Sunday, January 27, 2013 Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) and Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper conducted a fly-over of the Bayou Corne sink hole on a flight provided by partner SouthWings. [...]

As has been seen on previous flights, oil sheen and slicks float on the surface of the water filling the sink hole and the surrounding swamp. Oil containment booms have been set up around the sinkhole area but only seem to be partially effective. Oil sheen, that appears very likely to have originated in the sink hole, was seen in waterways a fair distance from the sink hole.

Oil Sheen on Waterway - Bayou Corne Sinkhole

CAPTION: Oil sheen visible in Grand Bayou almost half of a mile from the Bayou Corne sink hole

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Published: February 1st, 2013 at 2:40 pm ET
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58 comments to Report: Oil sheen in waterway almost 1/2 mile from giant sinkhole (PHOTOS)

  • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

    So very sad to see that….


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    • FREEDOMROX

      Actually, whoever stated the above, I believe, is wrong. I have looked at all the photos, that LSB first dug up from LEAN, and I see patterns emerge.

      I do not see this as escaping from the booms around the stinkhole. This crude is fresh and not a lighter hydrocarbon. This is a pressure leakage. The overburden is pressing down enough that the formations below are seeking better and less resistant pathways. I believe it has found one just south and west of the stinkhole. I expect Jed Clampett to jump out at any time with his shotgun. That is how thin the clay layer has become.

      All of the west side is just what Mr. Hill called it. It is becoming an accidental oilfield.


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      • FREEDOMROX

        There’s a whole lot more ‘bubbling’ going on than even the boaters have found. I truly hope the resident’s are using their monitors outside in their yards at least twice a day. Just as a precaution.

        Mark my words from this day onward…. Sooner or later…maybe much later…but oil will follow the gas routes, and will be seen in the resident’s yards, and the Shell, Chevron, or BP will make offers. That is, to the ones that are still living.

        Actually right now, Oil Companies should be bidding, for this is an easy Oil Play. A Killer to the people and the environment as it is, but these oil companies had best be bidding now, for an easier and less costly oil play is truly hard to find, and will produce for many years…

        Your Bayou is gone Rainbow, Built, John, Dupre'…gone.. Mr. Hill just started a 'Black Gold Rush' by the Oil Companies. Wait and we will see.


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      • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

        "Rainbow Days" indeed….


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  • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

    Hiya ibuilt..!!

    Listen….I'm wondering if everyone would take a look at this, @ 2:55. A resident is asking a question to Mr bob Thoms about whether he would let his kids and grandkids stay in Bayou Corne or not. But as Mr Thoms starts to answer the question, the resident rephrases his question, whereas the answer is critical to which question he is answering.

    Some thinks he is saying he would not let his kids/grankids stay. Some thinks he is saying he would not recommend they move.

    Opinions please…

    http://youtu.be/2bpAeUovehg?t=2m46s


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    • Anthony Anthony

      He says: **Id want to know whats going on with the gas (underground)** then his answer regarding whether the family should move was **Knowing what I know now I think no. No. **

      If it were me and I had this to go by, Id think everything is okay.


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      • Ibuiltthis Ibuiltthis

        Knowing what I know now, I think not, no…. Appears he is saying he would stay, although it goes against what he has said in the past. If in fact he does mean he would allow his family to stay there, I don't believe him.


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        • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

          But it's the "knowing what I know now" that has me wondering if he was answering the question as it was first asked. What could he possibly know now, except anything bad? he certainly can't know anything good that would make him decide it's okay to stay. See the confusion?


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          • Ibuiltthis Ibuiltthis

            Yes.. yes I do. Either way, you know he wouldn't stay and he wouldn't allow his family to stay either.


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          • moonshellblue moonshellblue

            I think his answer was blunt and to the point a definite NO and what he knows now is that it is only going to get worse or regardless at this juncture it is bad.


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          • moonshellblue moonshellblue

            rain… I apologize for being so direct as I know how difficult it can be to evacuate and in some cases not even an option as it was for me during TMI stuck watching everyone else evacuate. That was an awful weekend and I certainly would not want anyone to relive that empty helpless feeling but if you have any way of leaving the area I would do so ASAP.


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            • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

              No problem whatsoever moonshellblue. I asked because I wanted different opinions and seems the opinions are still split, tho it does look like he was saying he would say it's okay to stay if you back up a little more and listen to what he says about cavern stability. THAT is the what he knows 'now'.


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          • FREEDOMROX

            Actually, I see no confusion at all. "Knowing what I know now, NO."

            What does he know? He knows there is an Oilfield in the making, and would want his kids or grandkids to share in the wealth. He never said, never move, he stated plainly, "Knowing what I know now!"

            All of you are sitting on a 'Black Gold Mine'. That was Mr. Hill's gift to you.

            Don't allow any other's to buy you out. Get a Motel in Baton Rouge, but don't sell out, until they do so for the mineral rights and the 'SURVEYED AMOUNT OF OIL RECOVERY PROSPECTS', then Cash in.

            If not, then sit in a Benzine, etane, ethane, buterol, etc., etc. environment and die.

            These are your choices.


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            • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

              If they thought there was the gold mine you claim, they would have beating our doors down to buy us out.

              But thanks for letting me know what my choices are. And since I disagree with the black oil goldmine, I can now start making funeral preperations I guess.

              My bayou is not gone yet. Be patient.


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              • FREEDOMROX

                No one can bid on anything yet until the situation is stabilized. They won't know that it is able to be stabilized, until they 'actively' start a small seismic event (de-stabilize) for the 3 D mapping, per Mr. Hill's own words. Did that not strike you as odd?
                Not arguing with you, just going by what he stated.


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                • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

                  Why would that strike me as odd? Makes sense to me that they won't know how stable it is until they do the 3D.


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                  • FREEDOMROX

                    So, you think it's a great idea to de-stabilize the situation even more than they did with the 'Thumpers' and 'T-Rex'. How did that turn out for ya? Except for getting a big ol' Swamp Fart in your faces?

                    This time they are telling you what they are doing, so can't any of you take a day trip while they are doing this, just in case they cause an even larger disaster?


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          • 16Penny 16Penny

            I caught that exchange too. Remember, even at this meeting "We have never seen anything like this" again by new experts. Also we won't know what is happening until the VSP is done. So knowing what they know now, next to nothing new, Why should his opinion change. Is he looking to buy in B.C. and move HIS family there, definitely not.

            Sorry, I know you don't like skeptics and negativity, but facts are nothing has improved. Keep collecting checks and sucking gas.


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            • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

              "Keep collecting checks and sucking gas."

              And people wonder why I get hostile.

              So far on this page I have been told I will die if I don't sell my black gold mine, ask irrelevant questions at the meetings, and now your cuteness overload comment.

              Hostile? Say it ain't so….


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              • 16Penny 16Penny

                You are walking around your neighborhood filming gas coming out of the yards. You know that you are breathing that crap. You still stay for "the beauty" and correct me if I am wrong, you are getting an evacuation check. Insane if you ask me, but you probably prefer to be viewed as stubborn and heroic for staying and fighting for your gaseous swamp.

                I say move and fight from a slight distance. As you have posted before this collapsed dome sneaks into your dreams. Move, get some rest and come back strong to the fight. Or . . .

                Suck gas and collect your check!


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                • FREEDOMROX

                  Very well stated 16. Concise, and to the point.

                  It's very hard to have sympathy for pure stubborness. It is only a virtue when your life isn't in immediate danger.

                  Sometimes it takes someone on the outside looking in, to show the inside, it needs to get out for a while. If not for yourself, then why would anyone put poor defenseless animals, dogs and cats, who are so much more sensitive and likely to suffer ill effects because of the current situation? Don't they count at all?

                  People amaze me sometimes at their indifference to other species, and their needs. They trust we humans to do the right thing for them.

                  Live to fight another day. Not a bad motto…


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I heard him say "knowing what I know now, I think not" which means he would advise family to get the heck out of there. JMHO


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  • Ibuiltthis Ibuiltthis

    Sure thing… I will check it out. I need to tell you something. Facebook??


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  • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

    Thanks Anthony.

    Yes, FB is good ibuilt.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Did anyone notice that the tree area above the bayou directly left of the oil sheen in this picture is flooded just like the sinkhole surrounding tree area is and this is a half mile away. There looks to be a new river road as well like the old pipeline road thats now a river next to the sinkhole. This monster is much bigger right now than anyone is admitting to. Im estimating that over 100 acres plus of sinkhole waterline that is even level with the swamps and bayous is a more accurate than the 12 to 15 acres they keep referencing to on the local news.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Does anyone know what happened to helicorders LA01 thru LA09 ? Not showing readings anymore on heli page??? Bunch of new ones in their place with different locations.


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    • FREEDOMROX

      They took them offline and only the TB geophones are up and running anymore, surface and borehole. It was in the briefing where no one asked any relevant questions at all. Only six left online now.


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      • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

        Freedomrox – Why in the world would they take the 1 thru 9 helicorders offline? What was the justification to do this? Are they afraid of loosing their equipment now that the caverns are failing? Reminds me of when the US Government decided to quit monotoring for radiation fallout in the continental USA just after Fukushima happened. Both disasters have a lot in common. Mostly in poor crisis management. Geologically an earthquake was the cause of the fuku meltdowns and the sinkhole may be a factor in setting off an earthquake along the New Madrid fault line. This sinkhole, now a lake, wil be an ongoing, unfolding catastrophe for many years to come. We have witnessed the birth of a new lake and many more changes will come also. Sadly though this lake is full of death and destruction. I have a new name for the sinkhole – LAKE FUKUCORNE – :) Not trying to understate the tragedy and losses that the people of assumtion parrish are going through. My heart goes out to them. The mismanagement of the sinkhole situation just reminds me so much of the constant mistakes and failures regarding the handling of fukushima, mostly due to the lack of manpower, technology, international cooperation, and failure of the people in charge to have the courage to ask for help because they think that they are too smart and can handle it by themself, or they are too proud or stubborn and their ego is stopping them from asking for help. Humility is a great asset if managed properly.


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        • FREEDOMROX

          They claimed the geophones are much more sensitive, and will include the 1000 ft. deep geophone soon. I don't know if I buy all that, but what can ya do?

          I do see a lot more false positives now than I did before.


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          • FREEDOMROX

            Just when I get a handle on how to read the seismos, and the level of sensitivity, then they change them. Our resident Seismologist is having family health problems and unable to advise with these new ones, so it's a new learning curve all over again and now controlled exclusively by Texas Brine and not USGS.

            Back to the drawing board.


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        • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

          TM202

          They took them offline because the new geophones TB has covers what those did. They said the geophones are farb superior and were only duplicating the helis. We knew this was coming when they started getting the geophones. It was announced over a month ago.

          Didn't you watch the briefings?You know, the ones were no "relevant" questions were asked?


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          • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

            Rain – I did not watch the briefing you mentioned. I'm up to speed on the geophone thing. Thanks. Why the attitude with me? I'm on your side. Just because your boy Thad and I don't get along because of his attitude and disrespect to everyone he chats with, doesn't mean you should be on the defensive when you and I address eachother. I do not want to elaborate any further or have any contact with your friend. I wish you peace in your time of sorrow. Breaks my heart to see that oil in the bayou as well. They really need to install somekind of water filtration system in the bayou areas next to the sinkhole. Those top water crude catching booms arent cutting it. The booms only catch the thick floating crude, way more contaminants and poisons are getting thru underneath via current flows and into the bayous, poisoning the fish, crustacions and animals, (that are so much of the local human diet), that live and depend on clean water to survive. Much less the dangers of human consumption. Thats a majority of the cultural food there. Cajun cuisine is exquisite and to have to get sick either physically or mentally from the stress of worrying if your gumbo fixins are safe to eat is criminal also. Do you know if the cracks on pad 3 have grown since you pictured them last? I have reading reports of up to 50 and 60 small quakes everyday around the wellsites. Have you felt any of them? God Speed.


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            • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

              TM202…..the attitude is not with you. I was just repeating the "irrelevant" comment because I've seen it at least 6 times since the meeting, so figureditmmust mean something to someone.

              What's between you and my boy is just that. Between you two.


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              • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

                Sorry…..no, I have not felt anything.No one else has said they have either,and haven't heard anythying about the cracks. More bubble pictures emerging as you see.


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                • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

                  Hey Rain – 1 more question please. Is Triche canal the waterway/bayou that goes through the Bayou Corne Housing area northewest of the sinkhole where most of the homes are clustered together? Thanks


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                • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

                  Rain – Do you have a map of bayou corne you could place all the bubbleing sites on by chance? Including the sink hole, the bayou spots and the normally dry land spots that had bubbleing when the heavy rains disclosed those new spots? Im tryig to look at the bubbleing patterns in relation to the sinkhole. There may very well be 2 different situations going on there. The sinkhole itself, and the bubbleing. Isn't it possible the two are not related??? The sinkhole being a man made disaster and the bubbleing being partially enduced by oil drilling and partial natural progression of the methane gas? LMK. TY.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    There is a lot of oil presenting..at quite a distance from the sinkhole…in the photo.
    Will/has oil started presenting..in areas of bubbling?


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    • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

      Rose….we were told yes, the oil would follow eventually but because of it's viscocity, it would take a long time.


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      • FREEDOMROX

        And so far, they have been right about what? I am an amatuer, and I have predicted more than the revolving set of officals, and new scientist's, and new Geologist's, and every new face of ITASCA, which so far hasn't done a thing. Paveway, TM2020, Thad Daly, and so many others here and on Louisiana Sinkhole Bugle have accurately predicted more accurate information than the revolving door of players Texas Brine, and LDNR have brought in.

        I know you love the place you are in…but sometimes the danger outweighs the risks.

        I know you are capable of critical thinking, and not just a creature of pure stubborness. No one is against you. We all actually care.

        You can hate me, call me all kinds of names, it doesn't matter… I am still telling the truth as I find it, and will continue to do so, and do so for nothing. Why? Because it is the right thing to do. I am never always right, yet not always wrong. Like you, I do the best I can.


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      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        @ rainbeaudais.. I think it(oil) will be arriving sooner than they say…
        The release of methane at this bubbling site is strong enough to make a hole.
        It's coming..


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    They have all the'read-em' sticks..money can buy..but they cant read the ground.
    Lame..


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Speaking of incorrect..
    I have often been very 'judgmental' towards Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
    I like ..at least a few others..thought Woods Hole knuckled under to BP willing and willfully in collaboration to hide data.
    Truth here.. of course..is generally hidden by the mainstream media.
    This is also an admission of lack of research in the area.

    The facts are Woods Hole has put a good fight for scientific research and integrity.

    BP’s email subpoenas threaten to erode the scientific deliberative process
    June 12 2012

    http://deepseanews.com/2012/06/bps-email-subpoenas-threaten-to-erode-the-scientific-deliberative-process/

    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researchers call for legal protection for scientists’ private e-mails
    Sept 28,2012

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2012/09/27/woods-hole-oceanographic-institution-researchers-call-for-legal-protection-for-scientists-private-mails/KSojKssrxkKCdWSZNL7foO/story.html

    Magistrate in BP spill trial orders university to turn over 'sensitive' flow rate research
    Feb.1 2013

    http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2013/02/magistrate_in_bp_spill_trial_o.html

    I apologize.
    And will do what I can to forward their work.

    Study sharpens picture of how much oil and gas flowed in Deepwater Horizon spill

    Sept.5 2011 http://phys.org/news/2011-09-sharpens-picture-oil-gas-deepwater.html


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