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Officials monitoring for more hydrogen sulfide near sinkhole

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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 gas deposits. Texas Brine is now submitting a proposal to the Department of Natural Resources to permentantly close the caprock relief well.

The company first discovered the gas on Monday but didn't report it until Tuesday evening and that has some parish officials upset.

"We are tired of Texas Brine determining what's relevant, what is not relevant, what's dangerous and what's not dangerous, and give us information when they feel it's appropriate." says Assumption Parish President, Marty Triche.

Tests are being done to see if more gas could possible leak from other places in Bayou Borne. If it is, a forced evacuation for those areas could be ordered.

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