Louisiana sinkhole grows to 8 acres — Witness: “Ridiculous” amount of oil outside hole — 80,000 gallons of removed from surface (VIDEO)

Published: November 17th, 2012 at 2:06 pm ET


The Advocate, November 17, 2012:

The sinkhole, which now has an 8-acre surface area [previously reported at 7 acres], is located in swamps between the communities south of La. 70 on property leased by Texas Brine from Occidental Chemical Corp.

Assumption Parish Situation Summary, November 13, 2012:

Title: Bayou Corne Resident Meeting With La. State Representatives (Informal)
Published: rainbeaudais
Published: Nov. 10, 2012

*WARNING* NSFW: Bad language

At 35:00 in

Resident: I done a flyover and I took some video there. That hole is — the oil outside of the boom of that thing is ridiculous.

Why isn’t the EPA involved in that?

Rep. Karen St. Germaine: They are.

Resident: […] That swamp water is contaminated behind those peoples’ houses. No doubt in my mind the swamp is contaminated.

Published: November 17th, 2012 at 2:06 pm ET


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5 comments to Louisiana sinkhole grows to 8 acres — Witness: “Ridiculous” amount of oil outside hole — 80,000 gallons of removed from surface (VIDEO)

  • Maggie123

    A good recording of a community meeting – long – I let it run for audio while doing other stuff. Citizens appear to have clear, articulate, voices to ask questions, to identify and name problems, and to express valid concerns of possibilities.

    Those whose employment work is to serve the citizen needs seemed straight forward and honest in responses and info they gave.

    All this gave me a sense the citizens are "holding up fairly well" in a situation that surely must wear them down day after day. That they also *do* feel worn down did show up in parts of the conversation.

    My overall sense is that a core group of 'experts' and the citizens themselves are determined to steer the outcome to one that reveals all, and that is just.

    I wonder though – how assertive they may need to get. I wish them the very best.

  • Sol Man

    I think it wise that more people leave the area, not just the 150 homes that were identified earlier. Don't want to be a chicken little here but with the situation growing more with the passing of time- think it best to err on the side of caution. Like Mark's comment on another thread I think that what is going on here is very much larger than the studies have revealed so far. Protect yourself.

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      I fully agree. I think this is larger then anybody yet knows…. and I think people need to pack up and go. If they own property they should board it up, make sure to disconnect any utilities, etc., and keep a watchful eye on the situation from afar. Wait and see what happens in the next three to 6 months…at the very least. Don't wait for FEMA.

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    There are still some residents down there denying there is a major problem, LOL

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    I'll bet there's an Executive somewhere trying to figure out how to make money with that oil crap they're removing.