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PIERRE PART - Assumption Parish authorities are holding a meeting to discuss a natural gas leak causing bubbles in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou.

For seven years, Shelly Hernandez has called Bayou Corne home.

"I really love the area, it was very peaceful until we started having gas bubbling," she said.

For weeks now they've been blistering the surface of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou, leaving residents living on these bayous concerned.

"This is not an accident, this is something that's been caused by someone," said resident Randy Rousseau.

But no one seems to know who. One thing parish officials do know is that the bubbles are caused by a natural gas leak.

"It's the fear of the unknown... we been seeing it, and wondered about it, and knew it wasn't natural," Rousseau said.

The parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is investigating the leak. Officials say there's no serious risk of it catching fire.

"There's been no readings to show flamability of the product coming from bubbles, as of right now, no water ways or any evacuations have happened," said parish OHSEP Manager John Boudreaux.

But Rousseau says he's not waiting around for that to happen.

"I have a house and business in Grand Bayou, I don't live there anymore. I bought other property, my wife and I didn't feel safe," he said.

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