Sheriff Warns: Growing sinkhole could be catastrophic — 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane nearby — Over 300 feet wide, up to 400 feet deep

Published: August 10th, 2012 at 12:59 pm ET


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Title: Louisiana probes cause of massive bayou sinkhole
Source: CNN
Author: Melissa Gray
Date: August 10, 2012


Measurements taken Monday showed the sinkhole measures 324 feet in diameter and is 50 feet deep, but in one corner it goes down 422 feet, said John Boudreaux, director of the Office of Homeland Security in Assumption Parish, about 30 miles south of Baton Rouge.


The sinkhole appeared August 3, more than two months after local residents started noticing bubbles in the water. The bubbles grew in number and frequency, and in some spots they made the bayou look like a boiling crawfish pot, said Dennis Landry


Assumption Parish police ordered the evacuation of all residents in the area


Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Thursday he is now concerned the sinkhole is close to a well containing 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane, a highly volatile liquid that turns into a highly flammable vapor upon release. A breach of that well, he said, could be catastrophic.


[Landry] said he suspects a cavern collapse is to blame, and he said there’s a fear in the community that a further collapse could enlarge the sinkhole and endanger a wider area.


“I believe in the good book, and they say in there that all things shall pass, and this too shall pass, but it remains to be seen in what form it will pass,” Landry said.

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Published: August 10th, 2012 at 12:59 pm ET


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17 comments to Sheriff Warns: Growing sinkhole could be catastrophic — 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane nearby — Over 300 feet wide, up to 400 feet deep

  • CaptD CaptD

    Hopefully what is going on under the bayou will stay under the bayou…

    Good Luck

  • BeautifullyEuphoric

    While I am not one to laugh in the face of tragedy or people's suffering, it NEVER, EVER ceases to amaze me, the superficial level of human intelligence. WE do not control the planet. It has it's own agenda. Earth is forever flowing, shifting, changing, evolving. To think otherwise is complete ignorance and inability to see that we are creatures of this planet, just as all other life-forms are!

    RESPECT the powerful magnificence of our planet and STOP thinking things do not shift and change! Oh, and while you're all at it, refrain from putting dangerous plantations of ANY kind on fault lines. Begin with nuclear.

  • Jebus Jebus

    The Day the Government Nuked Louisiana

    Tax case inspires book about government’s nuclear testing

    It was undoubtedly one of the most unusual tax cases ever tried in the United States. It isn’t everyone who can petition to have the tax value of their land reduced because the government exploded a nuclear bomb beneath it.

    Pentagon officials apparently feared the Soviets would cheat on the test ban treaty and they wanted to know if they’d be able to detect it.

    Two nuclear bombs were exploded in Mississippi’s Tatum Salt Dome, about 20 miles southwest of Hattiesburg, as part of Project Dribble.

    • lam335 lam335

      "Project Dribble" … because they wanted to see if the rads would dribble out from the underground test site. Very reassuring name …

    • jec jec

      The TATUM or Salmon Salt Dome Nuclear tests here:

      And then DOE allows horizontal drilling? And the BP Oil Wells there? Really? Has anyone concidered that the radiation left over from a nuclear test might be called "naturally occurring radiation?" — sounds about right.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Jebus, thanks for this most interesting post.

  • BeautifullyEuphoric

    So far they are saying there is no radiation being detected. I look forward to seeing results from a real human being who doesn't have a government noose around their neck…

    Heart of the Rose posted this for the other post, Giant Sinkhole is Growing in Louisiana…

    • jec jec

      After looking around for tests and reports, seems RADIUM is the major concern. This is a gas, and does disperse. Could not find reports on Louisiana or Mississippi testing, but LOTs of reports for NY and Pennsylvania by the US Gov. Wonder where the LA and Mississippi tests are? See:

      • jec jec

        A report from 1992:

        Radon is to be handled by specified methods to keep public from radiation danger–if the site is a licensed NORM site. IF this location is a licensed site(they should be), they certainly did not COVER the site with plastic/tenting to prevent radon leakage! Not in a swamp. Read the document and see if I am off base..

        The level of concern and government reaction just says "bad news" to the citizens of the area –and the Southern Gulf Coast. Wonder if the "oil slush pool of funds" can cover this debacle. Just saying..


          radon is a heavy gas and lingers at ground level until dissipated by moving air masses. Not saying that it is, but if it is radon gas, they'll likely have to keep the area clear for several days or longer…

  • arclight arclight

    H2Woe: Louisiana’s Water Worries

    "..Each day over 8.5 billion gallons are withdrawn from Louisiana’s surface and groundwater supplies. Industrial and agricultural activity, drought and saltwater intrusion threaten aquifer levels and water quality. Deteriorating supply, treatment and distribution systems may not meet future demands. What can be done to combat Louisiana’s looming water problems? Who owns and controls the state’s water supply? How do corporate and governmental policies affect one of Louisiana’s most precious resources?…"

    and there was a nice site for local fracking news but i cant get it nor the cache 🙁
    from the googlies page

    "Baton Rouge Fracking natural gas –
    Block all results
    Read the latest Baton Rouge Fracking natural gas news and view Baton Rouge Fracking natural gas pictures from our team of local insiders."

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Interesting find, Heart. "…not in immediate danger…" sounds familiar. I guess they have to keep their lips moving at these press conferences.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Close"? ..the picture above this article..shows the surrounding area..


      excellent link Heart. Article extract: "…parish officials…learned…that DNR’s Office of Conservation had authorized Texas Brine in 1995 to dispose of naturally occurring radioactive material in the now-possibly failed cavern."

      "This disclosure particularly irritated Waguespack and Boudreaux [parish officials and law enforcement]. Without knowledge of the possible risk, Waguespack said, he had assigned deputies to work around the sinkhole. Boudreaux said he had been at the sinkhole site, too, not knowing about the possible presence of the radioactive material."

      my comment: As mom would warn before we'd head-off to a march, "Watch whose flag you're marching under!" That wisdom applies to all…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    ..I don't see a distance posted..I saw it in an article this morning..but didn't save it.
    Search for it in a bit…
    I believe I read …1,400 ft.