Sinkhole methane bubbles now ‘more prolific’

Sinkhole methane bubbles now ‘more prolific’ by Deborah Dupre, August 7, 2012, Examiner
Monday, Parish officials disclosed that analysis by researchers shows the sinkhole is filled mainly with saltwater with traces of diesel and oil at the surface, both of which nearby Texas Brine Company’s unused cavern had in it. … “We just want answers. That’s all we want,” one Bayou Corne local man told NBC 33 News on Sunday. “We want to know whether we are safe or not right here.” … “I feel like everything I worked for has gone down the drain,” he said. “We’ve been concerned since the bubbles. Then we started having the tremors. There was concern about that. Now there’s a big sinkhole a half a mile from my house.” In 2010, between 600 and 700 acres of sugarcane in Assumption Parish fell victim to that blowout’s spewed oil and saltwater in Assumption Parish. Residents had been evacuated then, too, to prevent injury and death from Mantle Oil and Gas LLC well that spewed oil, gas, brine, sand and other materials into the air. The Bayou Corne sinkhole is approximately two miles from the site of the 2010 oil and gas blowout.

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