Around May of 2012, bubbles began rising from Bayou Corne and residents living nearby began to feel the earth trembling beneath their homes. According to the Institute on Southern Studies:
Then, on August 3, residents were awakened by a powerful diesel smell, strong enough to cause headaches and nausea. A “slurry” area, also described as a sinkhole, had opened between Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou. Officials who flew over the site reported trees had collapsed in what was initially reported to be a 200 foot by 200 foot area. Estimates now say the area is closer to 372 feet in diameter and 422 feet deep.
A company, Texas Brine, had been mining salt from at least one salt dome in the area. From the website Louisiana Delta:
From the Southern Studies article:
Mark Cartwright, representing Texas Brine, admitted the company had to abandon operations at the mine last year as the result of “loss of integrity in the well bore.” Testing indicated they were drilling in an area that was much closer to the edge of the salt area than initially thought. Drilling too close to the edge could puncture a protective outer layer of solid rock salt, and threaten the integrity of the caverns, causing a possible collapse.
Apparently, all kinds of toxic things are stored in empty salt domes. For example, natural gas, butane, diesel, and liquified petroleum gas were being stored near the Texas Brine site.
For nearly two years, the sinkhole has continued to expand. The YouTube channel, assumptionla, houses video taken during official flyovers of Bayou Corne. The officials keep watching the problem, but apparently there’s nothing they can do.
This video shows the most recent flyover of the Bayou Corne sinkhole, as well as the most recent public briefing on the collapsed salt dome. Included are the depth test video done by Assumption Parish (line is 750 feet long), as well as the collapses caught on video.
Per the geologist, the floor of the sinkhole has collapsed … quote , “Most likely into the aquifer”.
The geologist tells the people in attendance that water continually flows IN to the sinkhole. Leading someone to ask “where” is the water flowing to….. if it is steadily coming in to a supposedly closed space.
Leading the geologist to disclose the space is NOT closed. Now “most likely” (per the professional on the case) has collapsed into the main aquifer for the region.
The oil, and petroleum products which were stored in the dome had been previously released into the water in the direct area, now it is confirmed as being sucked into the main water supply.
The video shows that the hole is over 750 feet deep. The depth test and footage of trees collapsing into the water happened last year, but that doesn’t make it any less creepy. Also creepy is the movement of the water.
Also interesting is the recent discovery of vast oceans under the earth. From Science Daily:
A North American team of scientists has documented for the first time a new phenomenon — the creation of a void in the seafloor that draws in — rather than expels — surrounding seawater.
There’s so much we still don’t know about the planet. Will the Bayou Corne sinkhole teach us something about Earth? I hope so. It might help provide meaning to those affected by the collapse.