Air, second highway monitored after more bubbles appear in bayou
BAYOU CORNE - Assumption Parish officials say a new spot of bubbling water was discovered in Grand Bayou Monday.
The site is on LA 69, a quarter mile north of the Gator Corner, and less than a mile from the sinkhole site. It is the 101st bubbling site in the area.
The bubbling is occurring in an area where Acadian Gas recently drilled to reroute pipeline that ran around the sinkhole. The new pipeline has been checked for leaks, and nothing was found.
There's no indication how long the bubbles have been moving, but the site has been closely watched since it's discovery and samples have been collected for further testing.
"It's going to be several weeks before there's anything that comes back in a report," said Director of Emergency Preparedness John Boudreaux.
At this time, officials say they do not know if this is directly related to the sinkhole, but initial investigations have begun.
Analysis by Texas Brine, the company responsible for the sinkhole that formed in 2012, shows no signs of gas in the closest area to the new bubble site.
"There's no plans in place from their standpoint to do anything as of yet, but we're going to continue to ask for that," said Boudreaux.
DEQ has added the new site to its air monitoring protocol, and DOTD will include LA 69 in its monitoring program for potential road deterioration since the highway is near the new bubble area.