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Bayou Corne residents anxious after letter from Assumption Parish

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Posted: Jul 15, 2012 9:53 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Jul 15, 2012 9:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: bayou corne, bubbles, shelly hernandez

BELLE CHASE- People who live near the mysterious bubbles on Bayou Corne received letters from Assumption Parish leaders Sunday.

The letters requested homeowners for permission for the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to come onto their properties in order to take reading of the air.

Shelly Hernandez's property is located less than a mile from where the unusual bubbles were reported on Bayou Corne about a month ago.

She says, "Something definitely is going on. We don't know what we're breathing."

John Boudreaux, director of emergency preparedness in Assumption Parish, says it's methane gas. Investigators set up seismic readers and air quality monitors to find out what's causing it.

Hernandez claims her recently bloodshot eyes are a result of whatever it is coming from the bubbles. But parish officials say that's probably not the case.

"I would say that's something else. Methane gas isn't causing that. It's not toxic. There wouldn't be those symptoms," said Boudreaux.

Some others who live in the subdivision told News 2 off camera they still feel safe in their homes, and feel officials are doing everything they can to find out what is causing the bubbles.

Officials say the methane on the bayou is at a non-flammable level.

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