New bubbling site found in Grand Bayou
BAYOU CORNE - Assumption Parish officials said Monday that a new spot of bubbling water had been recently found in Grand Bayou.
The police jury said on its website that the bubbling location is on LA 69 about a quarter mile north of the Gator Corner.
Areas of the bayou began bubbling in 2012 before a large sinkhole appeared near the community of Bayou Corne, which led to a forced evacuation and massive decline in property values. Experts believe it was caused by a collapsed brine cavern under the bayou leased to Texas Brine LLC, and state officials ordered the company to offer buyouts for property owners living near the site.
Texas Brine is maintaining a levee around the sinkhole to keep a mixture of water and hydrocarbons from leaking into the nearby bayou, and installing relief wells around the site.