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Committee shown worst-case scenarios for sinkhole

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago March 18, 2013 Mar 18, 2013 Monday, March 18 2013 March 18, 2013 9:47 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - While they warned it's not likely, contractors showed Louisiana lawmakers details about worst-case scenarios at the Assumption Parish sinkhole today.

Experts told members of the Joint Natural Resources Committee Monday there would be months of warnings before anything like those scenarios happened.

The 9-acre sinkhole formed last year above a brine cavern owned by Texas Brine LLC. Buyouts of property in the nearby community of Bayou Corne are starting this week.

Contractors said they did go on alert after seismic activity was reported on March 13, but no instability in the cavern was detected. They told lawmakers they were considering drilling horizontal wells below the Bayou Corne community to relieve gas pressure inside the cavern.

Parish officials said the sinkhole "burped" another round of oily hydrocarbons and debris over the weekend.


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