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BACKGROUND: Last Spring Louisiana's Corne and Grand Bayou residents noticed strange bubblings in the bayou for many weeks, and they reported smelling burnt diesel fuel and sulfur. Then suddenly a sinkhole the size of three football fields appeared on Aug. 3, swallowing scores of 100-foot tall cypress trees. The sinkhole resulted from the failure of an abandoned underground brine cavern. The Department of Natural Resources issued a Declaration of Emergency on Aug. 6, and 150 families were evacuated. 

For maps, diagrams and additional information, see the previous articles in this series:

Alarming Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Seismic Activity, Odors, Health Symptoms Reported (Oct. 30, 2012) at click here

Mysterious Bayou Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Radiation, Hydrocarbons Detected (Sept. 29, 2012) at click here

Dangerous Levels of Radium at Corne Bayou Sinkhole (Aug. 26, 2012)  at click here

Does Sudden Sinkhole Portend a Nuclear-sized Explosion? (Aug. 17, 2012) at click here

Flammable Tap Water

A video,  "Faucet water found flamable in Napoleonville man's home" was posted by on Nov. 1st.

In the video, Ronald Pate, who lives about 4 miles from the Bayou Corne sinkhole, says he contacted the Department of Environmental Quality when he realized the water in his faucet was flammable. The sound track of the response by Chris Piehler  of the DEQ is included in the video: "He just happened to have stuck a well into the water and is pulling water out of the ground in a very natural state and it has methane gas in it."

Pate responded, "I don't think it's natural if you got enough methane to come out in your water ... if you can light it like that," and noted that he has seen more bubbles in his water since the sinkhole first appeared (on Aug. 4, 2012.)

The article and video can be seen here:  click here

Earlier Predictions About Water Contamination

On Oct. 2, WJBL radio interviewed Environmental Attorney, Stuart H. Smith  said that Texas Brine has been misleading, calling it "a typical case of corporate malfeasance," and that "they applied for permits to dispose of radioactive and other wastes from the State Government, claiming of course that it was safe ... (now) the material is leaking into the environment." 

Smith also noted that some geologists are predicting the collapse of the entire dome.  

"These domes traverse several  significant freshwater bearing water zones that are very important to the drinking water supply of that area ... my big fear is significant ground water and  drinking water aquifer contamination from this."  (See the video here:

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