Company says land around sinkhole stable
BAYOU CORNE - The company which owns land a sinkhole appeared on in Assumption Parish said recent 3D imaging shows the area around the sinkhole is stable, and not in danger of forming another hole.
Sonny Cranch with Texas Brine LLC said the survey showed the western side of the Napoleonville Salt Dome, which is under the sinkhole, is stable. He also said there were not any open spaces on the survey which could lead to another sinkhole.
"We now have a clearer understanding of what occurred and how the sinkhole formation and western face of the Napoleonville salt dome beneath the sinkhole are related," said Bruce Martin, Texas Brine's vice president for operations.
The state Department of Natural Resources said the findings still need to be independently verified and analysed by outside conultants. John Boudreaux, Assumption Parish OEP director, said he saw a presentation of the imaging survey and does not fully concur with the company's findings.
"We'll wait for the hired consultant to validate," he said in an emailed statement.
The sinkhole formed in August 2012 and forced people in nearby Bayou Corne to evacuate. Texas Brine recently started the process of buying out property affected by the evacuation.
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