Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:08 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 24, 2012 4:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Texas Brine said things haven't changed at a massive sinkhole on their property in Assumption Parish, while they are continuing to drill an observation well down to a nearby brine cavern.
Today a spokesperson said they were in the process of installing a cement casing at the bottom of the drill hole, which was 600 feet deep. The crew would need to drill through caprock above a salt dome that sits on top of the cavern, and once inside they hope to learn more about the possible cause for the sinkhole.
Parish authorities scheduled a community meeting for tonight to update residents near the sinkhole about the ongoing operation. A evacuation order still stands for the Bayou Corne community, and Texas Brine started providing assistance checks recently to cover expenses from the evacuation for those who had to leave.
The sinkhole formed on Texas Brine's land near Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou on Aug. 3, several weeks after gases first started bubbling up in the nearby bayous. Experts haven't been able to conclusively connect the two incidents yet, and are still monitoring the area and collecting samples.
Texas Brine suspended cleanup work at the sinkhole last week after a section of land collapsed, which stranded two workers and swallowed their boat.
Tonight's meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Pierre Part. More updates about the sinkhole can be found on the parish police jury's blog.