May 20, 2013 1:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - The company which owns land a massive sinkhole appeared on blamed their insurance carrier today for the holdup in buyouts for nearby property.
Texas Brine, LLC released a statement which said their carrier hasn't approved any money for buyouts just yet, and they're working with the... more »
May 20, 2013 11:38 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Buyouts and outstanding costs for dealing with a sinkhole in Assumption Parish could be on Governor Bobby Jindal's agenda for a press conference scheduled for this afternoon.
The governor scheduled the event for 1:20 p.m. at the Bayou Corne Sportman's Landing on Hwy 70 South.
... more »
May 17, 2013 5:17 PM
BAYOU CORNE- In Assumption Parish, cashing in is a lot harder as parish leaders try to collect money from a company blamed for a massive sinkhole.
Parish president Martin Triche says Texas Brine owes the parish more than $130,000 for operating a command post and patrolling the evacuated area.... more »
May 13, 2013 5:15 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Work is underway to repair a breached berm surrounding the Assumption Parish sinkhole.
The berm gave way in five places after waves of heavy rain last week. Texas Brine officials said they had to wait for water to go down to do the repairs.
The... more »
May 13, 2013 10:29 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Repairs to a breached berm on one side of the Assumption Parish sinkhole could begin today, according to parish authorities.
Emergency managers told News 2 they were waiting for the water in the area to recede enough for work to resume on the breaches in the... more »
May 10, 2013 1:12 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Assumption Parish officials reported a berm around the western side of the Bayou Corne sinkhole breached in five places during strong storms overnight.
The parish police jury reported two breaches have been repaired, but one small breach and two larger breaches have yet to be repaired.... more »
May 1, 2013 6:38 PM
BAYOU CORNE - A community meeting with members of the governor's blue ribbon commission for the Assumption Parish sinkhole is going on now.
The commission has been in Bayou Corne for the past few days examining the sinkhole site. The group was formed to ensure the long-term safety of... more »
April 23, 2013 4:10 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The company which owns land a sinkhole appeared on in Assumption Parish said recent 3D imaging shows the area around the sinkhole is stable, and not in danger of forming another hole.
Sonny Cranch with Texas Brine LLC said the survey showed the western side of... more »
April 18, 2013 3:27 PM
BAYOU CORNE- More land fell into the growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish, and leaders think movement at the site will continue in the near future.
According to a blog , updated regularly by parish leaders, the sinkhole "burped" and expanded Thursday morning. Water in the hole is moving, "an... more »
April 5, 2013 10:56 AM
BATON ROUGE - Members of a new blue ribbon commission scheduled their first meeting today to examine public safety at the Bayou Corne sinkhole.
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz said today's meeting would focus on getting the new members of the commission familiar with the sinkhole... more »
April 3, 2013 10:54 AM
BAYOU CORNE - An unknown gas has been found under the slabs of two homes and a workshop near the Bayou Corne sinkhole.
The parish said Texas Brine contractors confirmed that gas was present under the slab of the homes on Sauce Piquante Lane north of Highway 70 in... more »
April 2, 2013 9:59 PM
BAYOU CORNE- A special group will meet Friday to discuss public safety concerns around the growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
The Blue Ribbon Commission on Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Public Safety will meet on April 5th at the LSU Energy, Coast and Environment Building in the Woods Auditorium. The meeting... more »
March 28, 2013 10:21 PM
BAYOU CORNE- A giant sinkhole in Assumption Parish has grown.
More tremors and movement underground halted work at the site.
The slurry grew to 13-acres after more ground and trees were swallowed-up.
The sinkhole appeared in August.
The company that operated a salt brine cavern underground,... more »
March 26, 2013 5:50 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Inspections continued today in Assumption Parish as the buyout process for people affected by a nearby sinkhole moves forward.
The Parks have lived in Bayou Corne for more than 20 years, and said they hate to leave.
"This has changed everyone of our lives and... more »
March 22, 2013 9:20 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish has grown by an acre.
Friday morning trees, debris and hydrocarbons popped up and alarmed emergency officials. Because of that, all activity around the sinkhole was suspended. It could resume Saturday.
The sinkhole is 13 acres in size. It... more »
March 19, 2013 10:32 PM
BAYOU CORNE- Residents in Bayou Corne packed the Assumption Parish Civic Center, to hear the latest involving the massive sinkhole.
The meeting started with Texas Brine's attorney, Bradley Myers, explaining how the buyout will work.
The company is believed to be responsible for the sinkhole when its salt... more »
March 19, 2013 3:56 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today he met with people in Bayou Corne who'd been "uprooted" from their lives because of a sinkhole in the area, and received the latest information about work being done to deal with it.
Jindal said Texas Brine, the company which owns... more »
March 19, 2013 10:27 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Governor Bobby Jindal scheduled a meeting today with families and officials in the Bayou Corne community, which has been battling the effects of a large sinkhole.
Buyouts began this week for property owners evacuated or affeted by the sinkhole, which is on land owned by Texas... more »
March 18, 2013 5:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - Assumption Parish President Marty Triche says buyouts and settlements being offered by Texas Brine are not all that needs to be done.
The company operates a cavern that is believed to be the cause of a sinkhole. Evacuations in the area started last August.
Triche... more »
March 18, 2013 10:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - While they warned it's not likely, contractors showed Louisiana lawmakers details about worst-case scenarios at the Assumption Parish sinkhole today.
Experts told members of the Joint Natural Resources Committee Monday there would be months of warnings before anything like those scenarios happened.
The 9-acre sinkhole... more »
March 18, 2013 7:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz will appoint the members of a "blue ribbon commission" by the end of this week to determine when Bayou Corne residents can safely return home.
The sinkhole led to evacuation of about 150 homes in August. Patrick Courreges,... more »
March 13, 2013 3:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today Texas Brine will buy out property owners affected by a massive sinkhole which appeared in Assumption Parish last year.
Jindal said the buyout process will begin this week, starting with property appraisals. People who volunteer to be bought out will be... more »
March 12, 2013 5:52 PM
BAYOU CORNE- People in Bayou Corne say they fear more than a massive sinkhole, that forced hundred of people to evacuate.
Since it formed last year, the property value in the mandatory evacuation area plunged.
Last year, the Assumption Parish Tax Assessor's Office, gave residents living in the... more »
March 11, 2013 10:53 AM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal scheduled a meeting this afternoon with Assumption Parish leaders to discuss the status of the Bayou Corne sinkhole, and what could done for displaced residents.
The meeting will be at 1 p.m. today at the governor's mansion in Baton Rouge.
The meeting... more »
March 8, 2013 10:22 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Preparing for a worst-case scenario is what residents are cautious of in the homes surrounding a massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
Residents are wondering why a remedy is taking so long and are faced with a tough reality.
The mess has already cost Texas Brine... more »
March 8, 2013 11:27 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Gov. Jindal will not visit the Bayou Corne sinkhole next week, according to his press secretary.
Sean Lansing said Friday that Jindal is scheduled to meet with officials from Assumption Parish and state agency directors on Monday to see what more can be done for people... more »
March 7, 2013 9:43 PM
BAYOU CORNE- Leaders in Assumption Parish are working on the final details to secure a meeting with Gov. Bobby Jindal.
He has not visited the site of a giant sinkhole since it developed in August, and the people who live near it want him to see it.
Leaders... more »
March 6, 2013 8:10 AM
NAPOLEONVILLE - Environmental activist Erin Brockovich and a California attorney are coming to Louisiana to discuss legal options for residents evacuated from the Bayou Corne area due to a giant sinkhole. Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Thomas V. Girardi says he and Brockovich will attend a community meeting Saturday at... more »
February 19, 2013 10:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - Spectators packed the Senate committee room at the state capitol this morning ahead of a scheduled committee meeting to discuss developments at the Assumption Parish sinkhole.
The state Senate's Natural Resources Committee scheduled two meetings, one today and another later in Assumption Parish, to get more... more »
February 16, 2013 6:43 PM
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... more »
February 12, 2013 10:35 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH- A sinkhole that has swallowed up parts of a bayou and forced more than a hundred people to evacuate grew even more Tuesday.
The swamp in Bayou Corne collapsed another 50' x 100' section. But, leaders said the growth is away from homes and a highway.
... more »
January 25, 2013 11:47 AM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana lawmakers are planning to hold a joint meeting of the Senate and House Natural Resources committees in mid-February about the large sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish. State Sen. Rick Ward III, vice chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, tells The Advocate the joint hearing, which he... more »
January 22, 2013 5:47 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Emergency officials released more information today about new bubbling sites spotted near a sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
Surveyors found several sites in the last two days, bringing the total number of recorded bubbling sites in the parish up to 34.
The police jury reported the... more »
January 21, 2013 10:36 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Assumption Parish officials say scientists have noticed a recent increase in seismic activity near the huge sinkhole at Bayou Corne, and worry that it might grow again. Parish emergency preparedness director John Boudreaux tells The Advocate that the increase was first noticed about two weeks ago. He... more »
January 20, 2013 7:17 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The Bayou Corne sinkhole isn't showing any signs of relief. Saturday it burped up vegetation and got even bigger. More tests are being done to get answers to what caused the sinkhole and other things happening around it.
Crews are scheduled to begin work on a... more »
January 19, 2013 10:44 PM
BAYOU CORNE- State and Parish leaders are on alert in Assumption Parish after the sinkhole "burped" again today. It happened at 10am and caused heightened anxiety in an already tense area.
Parish officials said hydrocarbons and debris bubbled up to the surface and caused major cracks in a well... more »
January 18, 2013 9:53 PM
BAYOU SORREL- The Coast Guard will perform a controlled burn after 5,000 gallons of oil leaked from a pipeline in Iberville Parish.
The burn will happen Saturday.
The leak was reported on January 9th at the Frog Lake Bayou Sorrel facility, owned by ORB Exploration. 1,750 gallons have... more »
January 14, 2013 11:25 PM
BAYOU CORNE- The company blamed for a sinkhole in Assumption Parish will perform 3D imaging on the cavern, deep underground, to get a 21st Century look at its integrity.
The state ordered Texas Brine to do the new tests, instead of drilling new test wells. The company said Monday... more »
December 28, 2012 6:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - In the last seven months neighbors in Assumption Parish have dealt with a series of mysterious events due to the massive sinkhole in the area.
It all started in May when locals noticed bubbles blistering to the top of Bayou Corne. Then in August, a massive... more »
December 17, 2012 10:24 PM
BAYOU CORNE- The state fined the Texas-based company blamed for a sinkhole in Assumption Parish $160,000 for failing to comply with clean-up requirements.
But, Texas Brine disputes the claims. The company said it has been acting - and working- in good faith to meet requirements set by the state.... more »
December 13, 2012 10:56 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Health and environmental officials scheduled a community briefing tonight to for Bayou Corne residents evacuated due to a sinkhole near their homes.
DHH and DEQ, along with parish officials, said they will specifically address health concerns residents had previously brought up. They will not have information... more »
December 12, 2012 5:19 PM
BAYOU CORNE - A massive sinkhole in Bayou Corne got even bigger overnight, and there are more reports of bubbling in the bayou.
The sinkhole grew on the southwest side of the sinkhole near the Texas Brine facility. Residents in the area have been under a mandatory evacuation since... more »
December 2, 2012 5:32 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH- The company blamed for the growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish faces hefty fines from the state.
"There needs to be more urgency to get things done. It's been quite some time since the event started. ," says John Bordreaux, Director of Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security... more »
November 27, 2012 4:43 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Texas Brine removed work crews from the Bayou Corne sinkhole after they said it "burped" earlier today.
According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, gas, debris and oil bubbled up from below the sinkhole's surface around 11:30 a.m.
They said several trees from a corner... more »
November 23, 2012 10:18 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities report no new problems with poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas near a large sinkhole in Assumption Parish. A relief well near the sinkhole was shut down after hydrogen sulfide emissions were detected. However, the Shaw Group reports that no similar problems have been found in testing of... more »
November 22, 2012 8:26 PM
BAYOU CORNE- Scientists keeping watch over a sinkhole in Assumption Parish believe everything is under control, after a week of concern since deadly gas was discovered in a vent well.
Monitoring devices warned of hydrogen sulfide on Monday. Tuesday, the vent was closed.
Thursday, experts updated the situation... more »
November 21, 2012 10:03 PM
BAYOU CORNE- The trouble continues around a sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
First, dangerous gas was discovered in the area Monday. Then, more shaking overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning.
Leaders reported that seismic activity increased. Experts aren't sure of the cause.
The sinkhole developed over the summer. Hydrogen... more »
November 21, 2012 6:26 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The fear and anxiety intensifies near Bayou Corne after a poisonous and flammable gas was found in a relief well.
Workers found hydrogen sulfide and temporarily shut down the well. Hydrogen sulfide is a naturally-occurring gas with a foul rotten-egg odor, that can occur in natural... more »
November 20, 2012 6:01 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Workers setting up a vent well near an Assumption Parish sinkhole encountered a dangerous gas and shut down operations, according to the parish police jury.
They said the workers drilled the well into the top of a salt dome near the sinkhole, and began venting it... more »
November 15, 2012 8:49 AM
BATON ROUGE - Permission slips being distributed to residents in Bayou Corne area will allow Texas Brine to install equipment to mitigate any dangers that might be posed by underground methane gas.
The state Office of Conservation directed the company to install methane monitors and ventilation systems to avoid... more »
November 12, 2012 6:41 PM
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... more »
November 9, 2012 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state has sent a $3.5 million bill to the Texas company it blames for a massive sinkhole that has swallowed more than 5 acres of land in Assumption Parish and contaminated an aquifer. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell sent a letter this week to lawyers for Texas... more »
October 31, 2012 5:44 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish grew again overnight, swallowing another 100-by-300 foot chunk of land.
"That sinkhole keeps getting bigger and bigger and expanding out. Sooner or later they're going to come door to door telling us to get out," said resident Kenneth Marroy.
... more »
October 30, 2012 9:27 PM
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... more »
October 26, 2012 7:15 AM
BAYOU CORNE- Assumption Parish officials have asked Texas Brine Co. of Houston to reimburse the parish for about $321,000 spent in its response to a sinkhole now believed to have been caused by the company's failed salt cavern.
The 5.5-acre sinkhole near Bayou Corne was found early Aug. 3,... more »
October 25, 2012 1:46 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities in Assumption Parish reported seismic activity happened this week near the large sinkhole on property owned by Texas Brine.
The parish police jury said U. S. Geological Survey monitors recorded a sharp tremor around 9:06 p.m. Tuesday night near one of the company's caverns.
... more »
October 1, 2012 6:11 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Crews are working to get things back to normal after a massive sinkhole opened up two months ago, forcing dozens of people out of their homes.
"Pretty much pure hell," said resident Johnny Ruiz. "I've moved three times already and I'm just tired, I'm ready to... more »
October 1, 2012 10:15 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Officials in Assumption Parish are waiting for test results pulled from a damaged Texas Brine cavern which could shed more light on what caused a massive sinkhole near Bayou Corne.
The tests should indicate what could have caused the cavern to fail. Texas Brine, which owns... more »
September 26, 2012 5:43 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The sinkhole which formed more than a month ago in Assumption Parish is still growing.
Overnight the hole on Texas Brine's property swallowed another chunk of land, including part of a remote road. It's now about 500 feet wide.
As the sinkhole continues to grow,... more »
September 26, 2012 1:10 PM
BAYOU CORNE - A sinkhole in Assumption Parish swallowed part of a work road as more land sloughed off into it.
Parish officials said a 30 foot by 50 foot section of land on the southeast side of the sinkhole near Bayou Corne collapsed overnight. The slough in took... more »
September 25, 2012 1:52 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Parish authorities scheduled a briefing tonight to update people in the Bayou Corne community about recent developments concerning a large sinkhole which prompted an evacuation.
The meeting is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the unified command post at the Sportsman's Landing in Bayou Corne.
Last... more »
September 25, 2012 12:18 AM
BAYOU CORNE- Scientists discovered a salt brine cavern, deep under Assumption Parish, has been damaged. Seismic activity in the area is blamed.
"The cavern damage was caused by an external source," a spokesperson for Texas Brine said in a news release late Monday.
Texas Brine operated a brine... more »
September 24, 2012 3:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - Officials say an abandoned brine cavern in the Napoleonville salt dome has been successfully breached. State Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh said Monday the investigatory well entered the cavern Saturday evening. Officials say they hope samples taken from inside the cavern will shed some light on the... more »
September 20, 2012 5:44 PM
BAYOU CORNE - A 25-foot-section of the sinkhole in Assumption Parish collapsed overnight, the second time this week that's happened.
Tonight, residents are holding a community meeting to get answers to what's causing all these incidents, However, parish officials said they won't be at the meeting because there aren't... more »
September 20, 2012 3:24 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Emergency management authorities said a sinkhole in Assumption Parish expanded again overnight.
John Boudreaux, the director for the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said an additional 25 feet of land fell off into sinkhole. It's the second time this week the size of... more »
September 20, 2012 8:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - Officials say they are one step closer to figuring out the cause behind the massive sinkhole that has been plaguing Assumption Parish for over a month.
State Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh said Wednesday that Texas Brine Co., the company that owns the brine cavern believed... more »
September 18, 2012 8:54 AM
BAYOU CORNE- Residents will hold an emergency town-hall meeting to encourage state and local officials to provide more information about the sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
John Achee Jr., a community activist, said the meeting will be held Thursday at the St. Joseph the Worker Church parish hall in Pierre... more »
September 5, 2012 5:15 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - More drilling in a different location will soon be underway in Assumption Parish.
This comes after more gas bubbles were found in the Triche Canal, which is near the first problem spot Bayou Corne.
The Department of Natural Resources plans to drill another well into... more »
September 5, 2012 10:41 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities in Assumption Parish said drilling could resume tonight on an exploration well near a large sinkhole in the parish.
The parish police jury said Texas Brine was ahead of schedule resuming operations, after they had to halt drilling for almost a week during Hurricane Isaac.... more »
September 4, 2012 1:02 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Gas is bubbling up in new spots near a massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
Pockets of gas are roiling the water in Bayou Corne, Grand Bayou and Triche Canal. Gas has been bubbling up in other locations in the area for months.
Investigators believe the... more »
August 30, 2012 5:55 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - Officials in Assumption Parish said now that Isaac has passed, they can focus their attention back on a massive sinkhole near Bayou Corne.
The sinkhole did not grow any during the storm. A drilling rig set up to go into a brine cavern near the sinkhole... more »
August 27, 2012 4:55 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - There's a voluntary evacuation in Assumption Parish, for Isaac, but people near Bayou Corne are still under a mandatory evacuation, because of a massive sinkhole.
On Monday, Jarred Breaux was boarding up his home and plans to ride the storm out.
"I'm a little bit... more »
August 24, 2012 6:14 PM
BAYOU CORNE- Tonight people who live near Bayou Corne attended a meeting with Assumption Parish officials and Texas Brine to find out what's going on with the sinkhole and relief well.
James Bergeron is one of the few in his neighborhood who stayed behind. He said many come back... more »
August 21, 2012 10:50 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Emergency officials in Assumption Parish scheduled a public meeting for Friday, Aug. 24 to update people on the condition of the sinkhole near Bayou Corne.
Texas Brine continued work drilling an observation well to get into a brine cavern near the sinkhole, which is on their... more »
August 20, 2012 10:27 AM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - Drilling could be underway as soon as today to get to the bottom of what caused a sinkhole and bubbles in the Assumption Parish bayous.
Crews with Texas Brine will have to get into a 300-foot-thick caprock that sits on top of a salt dome which... more »
August 17, 2012 4:48 PM
PIERRE PART- Today contractors for Texas Brine handed out checks to families evacuated from Bayou Corne after a massive sinkhole appeared on the company's property. However, state officials said the company's not doing enough.
Candy Blanchard and her family were among those who fled the area after the evacuation... more »
August 16, 2012 6:05 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Texas Brine LLC announced that starting tomorrow they'll provide financial assistance to people who evacuated the Bayou Corne area because of a large sinkhole.
The area grew by 50 ft. this morning, and swallowed a boat. Two men were rescued when a huge chunk of land... more »
August 16, 2012 11:26 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Emergency personnel rescued two workers who were cleaning up a portion of the Assumption Parish sinkhole when their boat was caught in it.
The Assumption Parish Police Jury said the workers were on the southwest side of the sinkhole when 50 feet of land collapsed into... more »
August 15, 2012 5:32 PM
BAYOU CORNE - As dozens of trucks arrived with drilling equipment to take a look beneath a sinkhole in Assumption Parish, authorities said the hole has continued to increase in size.
Christina Stephens, a spokesperson with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said the surface of... more »
August 15, 2012 10:04 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Ten trucks hauling parts of a exploratory well are making their way to Bayou Corne, and could impact some traffic in our area.
State Police said the trucks are coming from Scott, La., and will take several routes, including I-10.
They will travel east on... more »
August 14, 2012 6:08 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - A company that owns an operation blamed for a massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish is expected to begin drilling an exploratory well by the end of the weekend.
The well drilled by Texas Brine LLC, will investigate a salt cavern experts believe is behind a massive... more »