Permit approved for Texas Brine relief well
BATON ROUGE - Drilling of a new well into an abandoned brine cavern could begin in a few days.
The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources has approved Texas Brine LLC's permit to drill the well.
The purpose is to determine the structural status of the cavern and determine what pressures, gas or brine it currently contains.
Louisiana's Office of Conservation and a team of scientists believe the cavern in the Napoleonville Salt Dome is the likely cause of the sinkhole that developed nearby.
Investigators believe the cavern may also be responsible for natural gas bubbling up in Bayou Corne and other areas.
Mike Cartwright, president of Texas Brine, said Saturday that drilling equipment should arrive late Wednesday or early Thursday, with drilling to begin a few days later, once the rig is assembled.