Still shot from Bubbling Site #29 video by Assumption Parish Police Jury
This is the eighth article in this series about the Bayou Corne sinkhole.
BACKGROUND: In Spring of 2012, Louisiana's Corne and Grand Bayou residents noticed strange bubbling 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 Texas Brine Company's 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, please see the seven previous articles in this series:
7. Gov. Jindal Ignores Sinkhole Disaster; Activists & Scientists Demand Assistance for Traumatized Residents (Jan. 20, 2013) at click here
6. Sudden Seismic Activity in Louisiana Bayou: Sinkhole Burps, Pad Cracks, Police Copter Arrives UPDATED (Jan. 19, 2013) at click here
4. Alarming Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Seismic Activity, Odors, Health Symptoms Reported (Oct. 30, 2012) at click here
3. Mysterious Bayou Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Radiation, Hydrocarbons Detected (Sept. 29, 2012) at click here
2. Dangerous Levels of Radium at Corne Bayou Sinkhole (Aug. 26, 2012) at click here
1. Does Sudden Sinkhole Portend a Nuclear-sized Explosion? (Aug. 17, 2012) at click here
NAPOLEONVILLE, LA: At 2:45 pm Central Time, Jan. 22, 2013, The Assumption Parish Police Jury released a video of a newly discovered, vigorously bubbling site near the gigantic sinkhole in Bayou Corne.
The sinkhole has been out of control since it appeared on August 3rd, 2012, and is now about 4 times its original size, which was about that of 3 football fields. The impacted area is currently approximately 12 acres.
Environmental Scientist Wilma Subra, of the Subra Company, was kind enough to make time to answer my questions about this today.
MAB - Ms. Subra, can you explain briefly what is going on with this new bubbling site, and why it is significant, and what might we expect?