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WS - During the first two weeks of January 2013, the Bayou Corne area experienced significant rainfall events.  As a result of the rainfall, many areas were flooded.  New areas of bubbling of natural gas were observed in areas that had previously been dry land.

Thus, migration of natural gas to the surface had been occurring not only in the bayous, but also in areas covered with dry soil. The flooding allowed the bubbling areas that were already there, to become visible.
On Friday, January 18, and Saturday morning, January 19, tremors were detected in the area of the Texas Brine collapsed cavern and throughout the Bayou Corne area.  The sinkhole had a burp event which resulted in natural gas, crude oil and vegetation  flowing to the surface of the sink hole. 

In addition cracks developed in the well pad site of the Oxy #3 location.  The pad site was evacuated.  The tremors disrupted the surface area near the sinkhole and the subsurface deposits.  The development of a new gas bubbling site in the bayou was obviously a result of the disruption in the area as a result of the tremors.

The new bubbling sites are to the west of the sink hole, while the cracks in the well pad are to the east of the sink hole. This indicates that the impact of the tremors was wide spread.
The tremors, cracks in the pad and development of a new bayou bubbling site indicates that the situation in Bayou Corne is still degrading and there is the potential for additional damage to occur.


Many of these bubbling sites have been noticed in the bayou since Spring of 2012, but comments indicate this is the most active one seen so far.

This is a detail of a map of the bubbling sites released by the Assumption Parish Police Jury at the same time it released the video on Jan. 22. Erin Watson of the Assumption Parish Police Jury said that these bubbling sites are being plotted on a 2009 Google map, because that is the most recent map they have available. (The sinkhole does not appear on this map since it was made before the sinkhole appeared on Aug. 3, 2012.)

Map released by Assumption Parish Police Jury 01.22.13 by Assumption Parish Police Jury

This is an enlargement of the area indicated by the white dotted lines, above.

Detail of map released by Assumption Parish Police Jury 01.22.13 by Assumption Parish Police Jury
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The map below is marked to show the areas that can be compared with the still photo below it, which is taken from the Jan. 17, 2013 flyover video. I have marked the approximate position of the sinkhole on the Assumption Parish Police Jury's map with the yellow circle. The location of bubbling site #29 is located just outside the frame taken from the flyover video, to the left and marked by the red arrow. The green arrows reference the cylindrical storage containers on the site.

Map released by Assumption Parish Police Jury with added diagrams. by Assumption Parish Police Jury

Still shot from Flyover. 01.17.13 by Assumption Parish Police Jury

The full 55-second flyover from Jan. 17, 2013:

The Assumption Parish Police Jury:
Some of the terms used in Louisiana may seem strange to residents of other states. In Louisiana, counties are called parishes, a remnant of the Roman Catholic roots of the state. The elected legislative body of Assumption Parish is the police jury.  This police jury is composed of nine elected members representing the nine wards (subdivisions) of the parish. 
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Map collage by Meryl Ann Butler using public domain images from the wiki by Meryl Ann Butler and

So far it seems that the sinkhole is being ignored by Louisiana Governor Jindal. Regardless of the enormity of the situation and the vast implications for the entire country that this crisis represents, there has not been any visible interest at the federal level.

The Assumption Parish Police Jury noted on their site that the following public briefings have been scheduled:

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