Breaking: Louisiana Sinkhole Could Release Huge Toxic Mess, Radioactive Crud + UPDATES

10 08 2012

ENE-News has it –

Sheriff Warns: Growing sinkhole could be catastrophic — 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane nearby — Homeland Security: Over 300 feet wide, up to 400 feet deep

National Guard: Giant sinkhole is growing in Louisiana — Tests for radioactive materials in air and water underway — Site used for oil and gas production

From – Aug. 3 – Bubbling Bayous, Tremors and “Slurry Area” Signs Of Failing Natural Gas Salt Storage Caverns?


There is serious radiation concern.

Article with diagram of the giant underground saltdome where the toxic stuff is stored.

Rattling earthquakes’ and bubbling bayous’ mystery relationship in the swamp

The Chevron subsidiary Bridgeline Holdings has updated news about the site at the bottom of this page.

Aug. 16, Oversized loads of equipment delivered to Grand Bayou sinkhole

Sinkhole grows 50 feet, almost swallows 2 workers

Louisiana sinkhole – fears of radioactivity and gas explosion as sinkhole gets bigger – has videos


[snip] . . .  Now there are massive bubbles starting up that could be all along the Mississippi delta from The great lakes to off shore into the Gulf where BP cracked a salt Dome and started a avalanche of destruction.
These underground Caverns and Salt Domes run all along into deep Texas.In fact people’s homes have cracks in the foundations for hundreds of miles and it is being blamed on dryness in the ground when in fact the whole American Plate is shifting from California to new York.
Related – lots of sinkholes in North America recently (VIDEO) –

Texas Brine tried to avoid compensation payments to evacuated families (!)

Aug. 19, New video report on the situation (same info but nice film).

Aug. 21, Texas Brine Co. Sued Over Radioactive Sinkhole

Aug. 24, Louisiana sinkhole draws stepped-up state homeland security response

Check for updates at ENE-News (US/Canada section) – F.C.



Note: Dutchsinse has a link on the sidebar under ‘Blogroll’ heading. He will be monitoring this. – F.C.

 TV news report:


Aug. 14 – It is  250% size of earlier reports 

A comment with some drilling tech info from “The Oil Drum”.

Aug. 8 – Chevron files force majeure on natgas storage facility

Info on underground nuclear testing in Louisiana

AND – Besides underground atom bomb test, Project Dribble, there was Project Salmon and Project Sterling.
Details:  Salt dome pressure – past and present

The Little Known New Madrid Pipeline Bomb – about the fault line and all the pipelines on it

A Short Video About a 1986 Sinkhole-Salt Mine Disaster –

A Good MAP of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole < BEST


Some Salt Dome Facts

[US] Petrolium Industry 2011 Statistics Report   – ( PDF )

1997 Report: Texaco Expanding Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) Market Across Louisiana Gulf Coast With Onique Pipeline Infrastructure Called “TENDS”.

Salt Domes in Louisiana

American Geological Institute – Nature of growth of southern Louisiana salt domes and its effect on petroleum accumulation

PHOTOS of inside a salt dome

LA. State Report on Geology with maps & charts ( PDF )

Clemson University MAP of salt domes in LA.

 LA. map with energy industry info

 Hydrogeologic Framework of Southern Louisiana – USGS  (PDF) – lists aquifers, faults, with charts etc.


Are methane hydrates dissolving?

The average temperatures of the atmosphere are rising; the average temperatures of the oceans, too. Not only living organisms react sensititvely to these changes. The transitional zones between shallow shelf seas and the deep sea at continental slopes store a huge amount of methane hydrates in the sea bed

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The UPDATES now are on a seperate blog, The Louisiana Sinkhole Bugle.  Also lots of official news from the Assumption Parish blog.

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3 responses

15 08 2012

Very creepy and it may be true:
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August 15, 2012 at 7:39 am


17 08 2012

A special hat tip to ENE News and to the comments there. Many links in this post came from ENE comments (science savy readers).


17 08 2012

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