Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Much more Trees, Burps Gasoline

Officials say the 29-acre sinkhole in Louisiana’s Assumption Parish swallowed 6 cypress trees on March 26 and had its 1st deep burp of gas and fluid given that late August.

The Advocate reviews the event comes almost 2 weeks soon after lead scientists investigating the sinkhole for state regulators said the hole seemed to be on the path to stabilizing.

The sinkhole gradually pulled down 6 trees about 3:45 p.m. on the southwestern side of the lake-like hole, close to an earthen effectively pad operated by Texas Brine Co.

“The trees went straight down this time,” stated John Boudreaux, director of the parish Workplace of Homeland Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Hydrocarbons could be faintly smelled in the Bayou Corne local community close to the sinkhole, parish officials reported.

Boudreaux stated the smell is probably from oil-saturated earth about the sinkhole getting stirred up. At one particular time, the sinkhole was producing a crude-like fluid.

Boudreaux mentioned the sinkhole edge collapse, identified as a slough-in, followed Texas Brine’s current efforts to minimize rising pressures in the failed salt dome cavern suspected of leading to the sinkhole to form in August 2012.

Scientists feel the Texas Brine cavern was mined also closely to the outer face of the Napoleonville Dome, a enormous salt deposit, and had a catastrophic wall collapse or breach that led to the sinkhole.

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