Title: DEQ monitors air at homes near giant Louisiana sinkhole
Author: Cheryl Mercedes
Date: Nov 21, 2012
“This is Day 111 since news about the Assumption sinkhole really went south, since then it’s been one bad report after another”
[...] Henry Welch, a resident, said he smelled a rotten egg odor outside his home in Bayou Corne on Monday. Texas Brine later confirmed it was hydrogen sulfide gas found in vent wells near the now eight-acre sinkhole. [...]
[Ricky] Mabile joked now but admitted, until the discovery of hydrogen sulfide he thought he and his family were safe in Bayou Corne. [...]
Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness Director, John Boudreaux said he understands why people are uneasy. Boudreaux said Texas Brine waited 24 hours to let the parish know about the discovery of the dangerous gas.
Texas Brine claims residents are out of harm’s way but the parish called on the Louisiana State Police Hazmat team to make sure.
“We’re also discussing the extra watch we’re going to have to have for our air monitoring and so forth for presence of sulfide,” Boudreaux said.
You can’t smell it now but parish leaders warn that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone is in the clear. [...]
Published: November 22nd, 2012 at 8:02 am ET