TV: Methane “much closer” to community than previously detected near giant sinkhole — Pressure now just below surface — Officials want to test every structure built on ground

Published: November 8th, 2012 at 12:06 pm ET


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Title: Natural gas detected closer to community near sinkhole than previously thought
Source: WAFB
Date: Nov 08, 2012 11:04 AM EST

[…] New data shows natural gas much closer to the Bayou Corne community of Assumption Parish than previously detected. […]

Shallow-depth wells near the community are now indicating natural gas pressure 20 to 40 feet beneath the surface.

That’s much shallower than previously reported.

Officials want to test for gas accumulation inside every structure built directly on the ground.

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Published: November 8th, 2012 at 12:06 pm ET


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19 comments to TV: Methane “much closer” to community than previously detected near giant sinkhole — Pressure now just below surface — Officials want to test every structure built on ground

  • dosdos dosdos

    Bayou Corne is dead. It will never live again.

    • richard richard

      Just the rest of the state to go now. How long till it all sinks? A decade, two?

      Any sea-level land may end up submitting to the rising water table, from the rising sea level, from global warming, maybe?

      • kalidances

        Also the stat has to make sure there are no more of those pesky intense hurricanes to speed up any problems.

      • kalidances

        *State* and since they've approved more fracking sites then they have to make sure the drills don't hit any more fault lines.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Dead. Gone. Had a neat name, too.

  • Ibuiltthis Ibuiltthis

    I am approx. 40 miles from this hole… Where is my Governor? Where is my Senator? Where is CNN???… As we all know, there is something very wrong with this picture.

    • eatliesndie eatliesndie

      I would feel very nervous living anywhere near any Louisiana salt dome. Who knows whats buried down there. May be time to think about leaving?
      so sad, Paradise turned into wasteland…..

    • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

      @ibuiltthis. You may have better luck starting with those that in gov't that represent you locally. Try those on your village board or city council. If they don't know about this start educating them. They may only be getting info. from sources that tell them there is nothing to worry about. It is often surprising how little
      Elected officials know and how censored or screened info. is before it is given to them. I'm speaking from experience having been a trustee of a village.

      • 16Penny 16Penny

        Quite to the contrary in this case several local and state officials have been the standard bearer in the response and coverage. I suspect that Ibuiltthis is frustrated about the hush hush going on at the state and federal level. There is little or no coverage of this outside of YT, blogs and local news. The governor has been very quiet but the Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources has been in the thick of it.

        • Ibuiltthis Ibuiltthis

          16Penny, you are correct. Some of the local officials seem as frustrated as I am. The major political players have yet to comment, fly over or even acknowledge this exist outside of the evacuation order. It is amazingly quiet. I can assure you if something major happens here, I will be on television, social media and anywhere else, letting the world know the residents of this state were left to fend without the level of attention we should be getting. If this thing were put into the media the way it should be, then maybe they could find someone who could handle this unprecedented sinkhole.

          A friend of mine contacted one of the local TV (KATC) stations about reporting on this sinkhole. His response was something like this:

          We are not a tabloid, we report real news. We do not make predictions, well only our weatherman, LOL.

          I was livid. The other local station(KLFY) must have seen this comment on the social website and did the 3 part report that was discussed on this website.

          One other thing… I found it appalling that DEQ stated it was normal to be able to light your tap water on fire after the video of the little old man igniting his water. WTH, who would be naive enough to believe that?

  • amberlight amberlight

    "Officials want to test for gas accumulation inside every structure built directly on the ground."

    Directly on the ground?

    Umm, is that opposed to all those homes perched in treetops?

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Close. Down there in the bayou the like to build em on stilts soes they don't get flooded so much. They love the swamp, they just don wanna sleep wit de gators!

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      @amberlight, it would be slab construction, post and pillar sits up on cinder blocks, if you will, and allows the air to circulate.

      The slab construction causes gas to accumulate within enclosed structures. Could cause big explosions..

      wonder how many warehouses the oil and gas industry has? that would mostly be slab, or concrete on the ground construction.

  • markww markww

    As the pressure from the gas increases and builds up it is going to crawl along weak spots like information of a gas explosion a couple weeks back.Gas my erupt and blow out or come up in a geyser but I remember back wasn't there a report of 900-1000 pounds psi?


    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      That's the pressure the cavern returned to after Texas Brine sucked out 'the hydrocarbons' last week. The formation pressure of natural gas around the sinkhole in *other* wells all around the dome seem to be around that pressure or *at least* that high. The well blowout a few years back was something like 1600 PSI.

      Thank God this happened so far underground. If there was a direct path to the surface (e.g., Macondo) you would have to wait until the local formation depleted itself through a geyser from hell.

      I'm not entirely sure they can remove that risk at the sinkhole – I'm just more hopeful since they don't have to rely on remote-controlled robots five miles below the sea to fix anything.

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    With foundations cracking up after movement and tremors, just wondering how many pipes are intact and weather probes will be done on the stratosphere linking increases to this dome and whether evidence of the causes are being buried as more information surfaces and the base exerts upper force and whether relief will be found be nature’s own paths or human geographically designed ones and whether the same 40Bil USD gulf waste land creation is included for Louisiana or whether a new allocation will be made and who will really benefit.

  • voltscommissar

    FILTHY METHANE!! New Australian research claims.

    It seems that even on "stable" ground, the activities of fracking and/or drilling into coal seams for the allegedly "clean" wonder-fuel of natural gas, is just another toxic source of deadly fossil fuel:

    Australian nightly current affairs program "7.30" reports on original research which reveals potentially massive methane leakage from active coal seam gas fields:

    If verified by urgent follow-up research, the claims by proponents of fracking and coal seam gas — that these are clean fuels — would be in tatters, worldwide.

    Our only consolation now seems to be that the greedy people controlling this new goldrush, and ALL their decendants, will be killed very slowly by a runaway greenhouse effect. Cold comfort, I do concede…

    Key words: tipping point, super greenhouse, paleo-climatology, bastards.