Report: Unusual foam-like bubbles covering parts of giant Louisiana sinkhole (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Published: May 8th, 2013 at 1:08 pm ET


Title: OnWIngsOfCare Flyover #7 of Bayou Corne sinkhole in Louisiana
Date Published: May 7, 2013

[…] Appreciable amounts of rainbow sheen still cover the north and northeastern parts of the pool.

Today there were unusual foam-like bubbles near the north-central part of the hole, covering quite a good-sized area. […]

Full report here

Watch the flyover footage here

Published: May 8th, 2013 at 1:08 pm ET


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15 comments to Report: Unusual foam-like bubbles covering parts of giant Louisiana sinkhole (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Looks exactly like waves to me. They're only reflecting when the viewed at a certain angle to the sun. The water is relatively free of floating oil in those spots.

    Floating oil absorbs some wind energy that would otherwise produce tiny capillary waves (which combine to form visible waves). The bright-colored sheen is about .3 microns thick, barely-visible rainbow color is .1 microns, silvery sheen is less than .07 microns, and you could barely see <.05 micron thick sheens. They all affect wave formation.

    Oil slicks and waves also polarize sunlight. They would look different through a pilot's sunglasses or camcorder lenses.

    The On Wings of Care site has this:

    "…Today the lighting on some ripples near center of the sinkhole gave an unusual foam-like appearance.

    So I don't think there was any actual foam or a mass of bubbles.

    The ghost tree shelf and water pen infiltration by muddy bayou water seem like they should rate a lot more concern:

  • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

    "So I don't think there was any actual foam or a mass of bubbles."

    I agree.

    "The ghost tree shelf and water pen infiltration by muddy bayou water seem like they should rate a lot more concern:"

    Excellent observation. The color of the bayous is strictly because of all the rain we've had last week. If you look at the video around 30 seconds in, and look south, you see a fork in the bayou, and you will see the water going in to that dead end run off is still nice and clear. That'show all of BC lookedlast week before the rains,and the fishing had just started getting good.

    But, seeing what looks like the muddy water of BC coming up the pipeline row and under/through the berm, is concerning. What goes in, can come back out.

    The patch of dead trees to the west have been explained by John Boudreaux as having died because the water is too deep there for cypress trees.

    The patches of what looks like dead trees well away from the sinkhole always looks like that, as can be seen in videos taken back in August 2012, before the sinkhole had time to do any damage.

    • Lion76 Lion76

      is that assuming that only the area of the sinkhole is capable of killing trees? my "assumption" is that gas is coming up in areas all around, perhaps leading to the rogue areas of "dead trees" why would there be random patches of brown trees if it were not related to some sort of "toxicity" of the trees themselves? It would also coincide with there being random areas of 'bubbling' in the bayous, but obviously gas is not just migrating where there is water to see it. One would have to assume with such a wide area of 'bubbles' that there is also a wide area of dry land releases going on. That's just what I gather from the patches of trees. Perhaps it's not enough to totally kill the trees, or make them fall, because it's not loose ground so much as it is toxic gas (toxic to the trees)

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    How can a berm be impervious in one direction but not the other? Even someone who believes the berm is impervious is now saying it isn't. is it possible that the water flow through the sloughed in mud at the throat of the collapse is interacting with water from the MRAA to produce this muddy water which is being credited to rain activity? I think so. That being said, I don't think water is going through the berm in any direction. My money is on the under or around portion of the above supposition, mainly through the aquifer, some through the pathways in the clay layer. Either way it exposes the overall ineffectiveness of this strategy to be considered containment of the mess that is coming up through the collapse zone resulting from the failure of the Oxy 3 Cavern.

    • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais


      "Even someone who believes the berm is impervious is now saying it isn't. "

      Now I am convinced you misread my posts as an excuse to be insulting and confrontational.

      What I said was "But, seeing what LOOKS LIKE….(as in APPEARS TO BE) the muddy water of BC coming up the pipeline row and under/through the berm, is concerning. What goes in, can come back out.

      I am not questioning whether the water is muddy or not. I am 1000% certain the water is muddy from all the rain we've had and will not even bother to play ping pong with you on that one. You go ahead and believe what you want. The muddy water is not coming from the MRAA.

      I am expressing my CONCERN that there IS muddy water, just LIKE what's in the bayou, inside the berm, and only in that spot where the bayou/sinkhole once had a connection. You don't see that muddy water any where else in the sinkhole, despite there being fresh dirt all away around the berm. ONLY at a point where bayou/sinkhole once exchanged liquids.

      Can you really not post a post without attempts to criticize others? Looks like no to me.

  • irhologram

    It doesn't seem logical to me that this ISN'T foam. 1) oil sheen is elsewhere, too…including parallel to these two small areas which would be subject to the exact same wind. 2) the same wind would hit all areas of the water creating ripples elsewhere, if not bubbles (that I don't see). 3. I enlarged the areas and there doesn't appear to be any wind "motion" to the bubbles. 4. They bear the appearance of a coherant, chemical foam when enlarged. I've noticed several times that in these story releases (not necessarily from flyovers), the words are parsed, like the wording that inferred the base of the sinkhole was rising because of Infilling, which others ene ran with to create theories, but then it turned out to be that the bottom of the sinkhole was rising, period. Infilling as opposed to rising from pressure below the bottom are two opposite concepts. In this case, again, we have jiggly wording that requires interpretation, and just as the lid was kept on the concept of methane/oil pressure for months, using jiggly wording then, IMHO it's possible (likely) that if chemical reactions have begun, it may be more useful to break this news slowly, as well. Looks to me like the only real damage control going on.

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    It consists of Poly(difluoromethylene),a-fluoro-w-[2-[(1-oxo-2-propen-1-yl)oxy]ethyl],
    a perfluoroalkylethyl acrylate polymer (PAP) in the rare but 'natural' amalgamation of brine and oil and 'free' gas which is very incompatible with other materials and if ultra violet light is released it could result in 1000000 tiny radiation. If this substance is in a container, it is advised to keep the container closed at all times.
    (Prelimanary findings, $332mil needed to complete research)

  • WindorSolarPlease

    This article mentions foam..Is the foam like sea foam? Waves and foam, sounds like the corexit gulf. Is there a connection?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    There was some stuff like this reported earlier on I believe.
    Perhaps just bubbles and that area becomes involved?
    Or..the early signs of mud being produced.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Perhaps..the disturbance caused by the BP disaster…. 140 or so the crow flies..will meet the sinkhole somewhere.
    I still ..wonder about Lake Verret…it's a basin..
    I'm not sure it's depth…

  • irhologram

    If it is toxic oil syndrome producing PAP (20,000 became ill, many suffering permanent brain damage and 300 died in Spain in 1981 after the sale of fake olive oil. ingestion caused a new condition, named Toxic Oil Syndrome. TOS causes intense incapacitating myalgias, marked peripheral eosinophilia, and pulmonary infiltrates. it is thought that heating anilides and esters during refining altered composition, and it is thought that PAP can ocur elsewhere with the right thermal conditions. (Read: heat from below the sinkhole, remembering the area sits on an extinct volcano, may be producing an oil/gas derived chemical that causes Toxic Oil Syndrome, potentially fatal or it may cause permanent brain damage.) It isn't a leap to consider the regionwide bubbling, not just from the sinkhole, may be caused by deep thermal pressures, as the gas displaces swamp gas at the surface, possibly chemically recombining deep below the earth (as the BP "spill" migrates inland? Remember the bubbles over the oil sheen site near Macondo?) and even reacting with the swamp gas. Fish, livestock, and game will be likely be polluted as they breathe or drink the waters…and the oil/gas is going into the aquifer, remember? It seems likely this would affect the air we breathe, too, as gas releases from the bubbles and is carried east with weather patterns. My best advice? Don't eat and don't breathe.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

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