Sinkhole 'burps' again in Bayou Corne
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities in Assumption Parish reported increased activity out at the Bayou Corne sinkhole, which they said "burped" noticeably this morning.
The parish police jury said it started around 5 a.m. Friday, and caused a lot of water movement on the surface of the sinkhole. Emergency management director John Boudreaux said it was the biggest movement he's seen yet.
The sinkhole formed last year over a salt cavern operated by Texas Brine LLC near the community of Bayou Corne. It swallowed surrounding land and trees, and filled with water from the surrounding bayous.
Boudreaux said burp events like the one today move hydrocarbons, which are lighter than water, up to the surface.
Texas Brine has been in the process of negotiating buyouts with property owners near the sinkhole. A spokesperson said this week 92 offers had been made to homeowner who chose to take part in the buyout process, 59 of whom have accepted offers or negotiated counter-offers.
The company has a deadline of July 31 to reach agreements with all homeowners who took part in the buyout process.