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Texas Brine: device will help solve sinkhole mystery

3 years 7 months 1 week ago February 16, 2013 Feb 16, 2013 Saturday, February 16 2013 February 16, 2013 5:43 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Olivia LaBorde

BAYOU CORNE- Texas Brine is unveiling a new device they say will help solve the mystery in Bayou Corne.

More than a hundred people live just miles from the sinkhole that has grown to 8.5 acres in size over the past six months.

"A lot of experts were puzzled from around the world. Now it seems to be a lot of direction," says Dennis Landry.

Landry and others came to hear Texas Brine representatives explain how a machine they call a vibro seismic truck works.

The company says the truck creates sound waves that will produce 3D images of what is happening thousands of miles under the surface.

"This will be used on the streets of Bayou Corne and there will be collection stations. Geophones as we would call them." Says Sonny Cranch.

But they will need residents' permission to put the collection devices on their property.

"I think they understand that it's not an invasive process. It's not going to destroy their residences. And that it's absolutely necessary to get this clear image of the geological structure from the surface down to 7,000 feet," says Cranch.

According to the company, this technology has been used since the early 90's throughout the oil industry.

"That's gonna give us a lot of information about what happened and help us determine the path going forward," he adds.

Texas Brine is cleared to use the trucks on public property. Representatives say they plan to roll them out mid to late-March.

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