Sinkhole: Officials concerned gas has entered Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer — New well to be drilled near salt dome

Published: September 6th, 2012 at 3:49 pm ET


Title: Office of Conservation Hires Contractor to Drill New Water Well, Test Aquifer in Assumption Parish
Source: Department of Natural Resources | State of Louisiana
Date: September 5, 2012

New water well part of effort to determine extent of potential natural gas presence in Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer

Louisiana Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh announced today that the Office of Conservation has obtained a landowner agreement allowing access to drill an observational water well between the Napoleonville Salt Dome and the Bayou Corne community, clearing the way to move forward with the project.

The Office of Conservation has selected a contractor to drill the new water well, which is intended to test for concentrations of natural gas present in the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer between the western side of the salt dome and the Bayou Corne Community.

Scientific staff with the Office of Conservation’s Ground Water Resources Program selected the site from a standpoint of public safety, because it lies between the salt dome and the community, and as a likely gathering point for any natural gas that might be found in the aquifer.


Published: September 6th, 2012 at 3:49 pm ET


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18 comments to Sinkhole: Officials concerned gas has entered Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer — New well to be drilled near salt dome

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Translated: What percentage of millions of gallons of lethal, combustible liquid gas products and/or radioactive waste has left the building (salt dome) and entered the local population's drinking water.

    And looking at the Google Earth photos of the surrounding population density, I'd say they're all in deep shit.

    • Michele

      Hi TIS….I have read three articles concerning the aquifers without the mention of the "non-natural nuclear waste". Natural gas and petroleum products are awful enough; but add radioactive waste, we will be watching so many illnesses and deaths of more innocent people. The world community can not depend on the leaders for their welfare. The governments make decisions as to health care, usually, the illnesses are not recognized to be the outcome of an environmental disaster.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Yes, and EPA doesn't regulate disposal of those toxic wastes in salt caves. See Enenews articles on this subject posted here during the past 3-5 weeks.

  • norbu norbu

    Everyone should leave that area now. Life to me is more important than any holding on to a area or material objects. If your dead you can not use them anyway. As they say "up shit creek without a paddle".

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    The alluvial aquifier is basically all of the top 400 ft. of sand, clay and mud in that area. The sinkhole is right in the middle of that. Of COURSE there's gas in the aquifier – it's been bubbling through it to reach the surface for the last year. The aquifier generally flows away from the Missisippi river, that is, east to west. The swamp between the salt dome and Bayou Corne is only a 'likely gathering point' because that's the general direction the aquifier naturally flows.

    Funny how the decades of drilling or the last year's worth of earthquake and bubbling reports didn't warrant an inspection well, but the negative publicity of flaming faucets on CNN *does*.

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    BUBBLING MAP AVAILABLE FOR LOUISIANA.. check it out.. very alarming the sheer scope of the area encompassed by bubbling spots.. it sure seems like they must be related.. wow.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Great find Cataclysmic – frightening indeed. some pictures are from March, some are more recent. Hopefully they will continue to add new pictures to it and keep publishing.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Thanks for the link of photos Cataclysmic. Looks like an infant Yellowstone Park is emerging. No Fracking and NO NUKES.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        I was just thinking the same thing about Yellowstone Park and what would happen if it blows.

        How much of a spark is needed to set this sinkhole off, now that the hurricane isn't diffusing the vapors? I hope the workers onsite don't smoke.

        • moonshellblue moonshellblue

          That's true Methane bubbles and all the petrol residue on top of the sinkhole sounds like and a smoke don't mix. That makes me wonder about a direct hit from lightening or am I way off base.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      oh, I also came to realize that intentional explosions have indeed been carried out in salt domes, in the area..

      if you want to see…launch climate viewer then on the right side expand the nuclear pollution menu, check all, wait a little bit for it to load, then click on explosions in Louisiana, and Mississippi for that matter.. you will find entries like the ones below.. don't forget to spin the globe.. better have tissues for tears at hand.. any of the large explosions designated on the globe can be expanded 🙁 really horrific stuff.. humans suck!

      USA: Cowboy/Plowboy / (1-2)
      Plowshare Vela Uniform
      Date/Time: Dec 1959 UTC
      Location: Winnfield, LA
      Surface Elevation: 60m
      Delivery: Underground tunnel
      Yield: 1t
      Two charges fired in the Carey Salt Mine near Winnfield to determine difference between coupled and uncoupled seismic events. This was actually a Vela Uniform project, but was carried out by Plowshare personnel.

      Created by lmctke

      USA: Whetstone / Salmon
      Vela Uniform
      Date/Time: 22 Oct 1964 16:00:00.0 UTC
      Location: Salmon Site, near Lumberton, Mississippi
      Surface Elevation, Height: 74, -830m
      Delivery: Underground shaft
      Purpose: Joint verification
      Sponsor: UCRL
      Yield: 5kt
      Project Vela Uniform/Dribble. Exploded in Tatum salt dome, detection of undergroud tests.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    When it was reported that the first drilling was venting through the was evident that natural gas had entered the aquifer.
    Fresh water..fresh water..
    Throwing dirt in a's wrong.
    Ruin a source of fresh water?
    It's been wrong since the beginning of humanity.
    Modern definition: ..Environmental Crime

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    From this diagram, one can not fathom the sinkhole bubbling spots explanation..


    Per Texas Brine, on yesterday while installing a seismic monitoring station in a geo-technical core well, a sonic casing was driven down to 475′. While removing the outer casing, at 415′ they encountered a pocket of gas which blew grout and mud out of the casing. A gauge was placed at the well head which read 180 pounds of pressure. The drilling company then went back into the casing with heavier drilling mud to complete the operation and not lose the geo-technical core well which is currently setting before the technological equipment can be installed.