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Residents near Bayou Corne on edge over bubbling

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Posted: Jul 13, 2012 6:04 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Jul 13, 2012 6:04 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: natural gas leaks, bayou corne, gas bubbles, assumption parish homeland security

BELLE ROSE - The U.S. Geological Survey installed seismic monitors in Bayou Corne today to see what's causing tremors and a natural gas leak.

Natural gas bubbles have been forming on the bayou for about a month, and it's leaving a lot of residents fearing the worst.

"I'm fearing what we don't know, the unknown, I don't sleep," Shelly Hernandez told News 2.

At first many speculated that pipeline industries on the bayou were the cause of the bubbles, but those companies had independent tests run which found the gas wasn't coming from any of the those companies.

Now the USGS has three seismic monitors throughout the bayou to detect what's causing the natural gas leak and trimmers. They're already hard at work: activity last night and this morning were both reported to the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

"It's [the data] going back to the experts at USGS to see what is the cause," said John Boudreaux, manager of Assumption Parish OHSEP. His office is also monitoring the natural gas leak, and he says as of now there's nothing to sweat.

"From a monitoring and explosive levels, there's no risk to anyone," he said.

But that's not good enough for Shelly Hernandez.

"If there was nothing to fear, we wouldn't have bubbles, we wouldn't have tremors, and all the officials would not be out here addressing the situation if there wasn't a situation," says Hernandez.

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