Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:45 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 15, 2012 11:45 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Cleanup continued this morning at the growing sinkhole linked to a failed brine cavern in Assumption Parish.
The sinkhole, located on land owned by Texas Brine near the Bayou Corne community, currently measures about 550 feet in diameter. The parish police jury posted overhead maps this weekend detailing the sinkhole's dimensions, as well as maps showing the nearby vent wells and salt dome.
Today the police jury said Texas Brine boats continued cleanup in the area, but were limited to just skimming and wouldn't be allowed into the sinkhole itself. They said crews were removing hydrocarbons from the cavern near the sinkhole, which could make working in it dangerous due to pressure changes.
Last week the state Department of Natural Resources issued new directives for Texas Brine to take, including installing probes to monitor local aquifers and water pressure affecting the the Bayou Corne community, which remains under a standing evacuation order.
You can find more information about the sinkhole at the Assumption Parish Police Jury's website.
Click here for a copy of the order from the Department of Natural Resources to Texas Brine.