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Residents near sinkhole voice concern about drilling

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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 sinkhole and mysterious bubbles in Bayou Corne.

Neighbors are concerned about the risks that could come with drilling, including the possibility it could collapse the salt dome cavern. The nearest neighbor is about 25,000 feet from the site of the relief-well.

Experts say at this point, they don't anticipate risks but residents say they're not taking any chances.

"We're going to have to leave. There's too many ifs, and I can't live with ifs. Because one of those ifs could put me on the other side of the grass," says Duane Bier.

Parts of the rig will start arriving tomorrow from Lafayette. The rig will be installed by layers, and once complete, it will be about 14 stories high.


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