Sinkhole swallows more land

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Posted: Oct 30, 2012 9:27 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Oct 30, 2012 9:27 PM

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Topics: bayou corne, sinkhole, assumption parish

BAYOU CORNE- More land was swallowed-up by a growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

Tuesday, another 80-by-20 foot section gave-way. That's about 1600 square feet.

Environmental experts blame the sinkhole on a failed salt brine cavern managed by Texas Brine. They say the failure is also responsible for tremors and some natural gas bubbles in the bayou.

The sinkhole was discovered in August, prompting an evacuation of some 150 near-by homes.

So far, the state has spent about $2 million at the site.

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