State orders Texas Brine to take further sinkhole steps
BAYOU CORNE - State conservation officials issued a series of orders today for Texas Brine to follow as they continue to clean up a sinkhole which formed on their property in Assumption Parish.
State Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh ordered the company to install a network of observation and vent wells along with other devices to monitor the sinkhole. He also ordered the company to take over monitors already put in place by another company, Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure.
Texas Brine was also told to install in-home monitors and upgrade home ventilation for anyone living in the Bayou Corne evacuation area with a slab-foundation home. The monitors are meant to watch for any buildup of natural gas in homes near the sinkhole; state officials said natural gas pressure was detected in and above the area's aquifer.
State officials blame the collapse of a company brine cavern in the area for the sinkhole's formation, as well as bubbling in the nearby bayou for months before that.
A meeting to brief evacuated residents on the latest developments is scheduled for tomorrow night at 7 p.m. It will be held at the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, and people are asked not to arrive before 6:30 p.m. so the traffic won't interfere with parents picking up children from cathechism classes.