UK Reporter: Gas bubbling up like ‘small underwater geysers’ around giant Louisiana sinkhole; Widespread methane leakage — General: Big environmental groups ignoring disaster

Published: August 5th, 2013 at 11:00 am ET
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Title: A way of life on the brink of extinction in the Louisiana bayous
Source: The Independent
Author: David Usborne
Date: August 4, 2013

[...] “Did they tell you it’s still growing?” [Bayou Corne resident Mike Schaff] asks, before pointing to a faint oil sheen you could only see from up here.

Among those speaking out on behalf of residents is Russel Honoré, a retired army general [...]

“If this 22-acre sinkhole was 30 miles from Boston it would be in the news daily, the federal government would be involved [...] Even the big time environmental groups have ignored the significance of this sinkhole.” [...]

The reason for the evacuation is not the sinkhole itself but the still leaking gas. In theory, if gas accumulates under [Brandon Alleman's] home it could blow it sky high without warning.

To show how widespread the methane leakage is, Mr Allemon [sic] took this reporter on a metal skiff through the bayous near the sinkhole. [...] Every few hundred yards, however, the surface of the water is disturbed by bubbling gas. The more violent among them are like small underwater geysers [...]

See also: Army General (Ret.): Giant Louisiana sinkhole is "unprecedented environmental disaster" -- Concern about failure of another cavern nearby -- Butane still being added to salt dome

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