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Buyout talks continue for sinkhole neighbors

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago July 08, 2013 Jul 8, 2013 Monday, July 08 2013 July 08, 2013 12:45 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BAYOU CORNE - Neighbors in tiny Bayou Corne face a wrenching decision after a huge sinkhole opened up near their community: Do they stay put, or should they pack up and move?

The sinkhole resulted from a collapsed underground salt dome cavern about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge. After oil and natural gas came oozing up and acres of swampland liquefied into muck, the community's 350 residents were advised to evacuate.

Texas Brine Co., the operator of the salt dome, is still negotiating buyouts of residents who have not joined lawsuits against the company. Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch said 92 buyout offers have been made, with 44 accepted so far.

Other families, however, have joined in a class action suit that's scheduled for trial next year.

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