Expert: Methane pressures we’re seeing right now around sinkhole “are a concern” (VIDEO)

Published: November 16th, 2012 at 8:42 am ET
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Note: Unfortunately the sound is muffled during the relevant portion in the official video. See the same scene with clear audio filmed by a concerned citizen here.

At ~9:00 in

Geologist Gary Hecox: I told you last time how I view this. Those are my 9 grandkids. I didn’t show you the half a grandkid because she’s not born yet.

We have consulted with indoor expert that we have retained. This is an expert Shaw’s used on other jobs. We relayed this information to him with the pressures.

And he confirmed, as I felt, that the methane pressures that we’re seeing right now are a concern.

Folks, I can’t tell you enough you need to get your houses inspected by DEQ [Department of Environmental Quality]. I just can’t stress that enough.

See the full official clip here

Published: November 16th, 2012 at 8:42 am ET
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5 comments to Expert: Methane pressures we’re seeing right now around sinkhole “are a concern” (VIDEO)

  • lickerface lickerface

    Well it sounds like such advice is that of a declared disaster area. The fed government should "take it from here"…

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  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    Sinkhole has grown to extent it is now visible from highway..

    Two months ago, locals commented, “You can’t see the sinkhole from the highway (70).”

    …now, standing on Hwy. 70, one can see the sinkhole.

    Now that the sinkhole has grown so close to the highway, locals told Dupré that they wonder when the highway will finally be closed, according to anonymous sources.

    That part of Hwy 70 is in the state declared Mandatory Evacuation zone, yet is still open and heavily trafficked by workers and residents. Many busses filled with children and youth travel daily through the mandatory evacuation area on Hwy. 70.

    “The sinkhole hitting highway 70 is going to cause a big disruption,” one local said Thursday

    Tuesday afternoon, from a boat on Bayou Corne, where a Crosstex pipeline crosses the troubled waterway, the chemical stench was so strong, it felt like it was tasted, according to Deborah Dupré, two other passengers and the pilot of the boat.

    “At first, I though it was diesel,” the boat pilot said, preferring to remain unnamed. “It also smells like asphalt or tar, what we put on houses when we put the roof on.” “thick” and strong, they felt they were “tasting” it."

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    • Radio VicFromOregon

      markww, as a fire fighter, you know that outside of the 4th of July, winter is a big time for house fires. Now, some of those fires would be explosions likely – the usual unfortunate gas leak. 4 gas leaks is pushing it. Now, the BP Macondo methane explosion, the sinkhole, the houses and the munitions all blowing up moves beyond coincidence, i agree. But, i can't ascribe a motive nor say with even the tiniest bit of certainty that a huge chunk of the midwest to the south is going to blow. But, whether a person subscribes to global warming or not, the methane layers around the world are thawing all at once. The permafrost in Alaska and the Tundra is thawing and entire houses and highways have been falling in for years now. The pipeline up there is taking note, though, certainly not stopping their practices, but the line runs along the permafrost. Maybe 3 or 4 years ago, i read an article about the methane melting and the author suggested that sporadic explosions in the middle of fields or right beneath a house would begin to take place. They would be completely uncontrollable. Wish i could find that article. Maybe he was on to something.

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