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Bayou Corne Sinkhole Accident

Bayou Corne sinkhole Accident

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Bayou Corne sinkhole is a hole which has opened up in the ground in the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou area of Assumption Parish in Louisana. Over 200 people have left the area after residents living nearest to the problem area were advised to evacuate their homes for safety reasons. Nearby are a number of underground caverns which have been used to store butane gas and other substances, some of which are radioactive and toxic.
Parish Emergency declared on the 19th June 2012, State Emergency declared on the 3rd August 2012.

It is the release of some of these substances through leaks in the underground domes that is concerning the residents.
The Department of Natural Resource along with industry authorities have been hiding documents and data which show Texas Brine's storage cavern near the sinkhole has had failure problems in the past. Various reports of gas bubbles appearing in local rivers and streams have been circulated by residents for some time and if the domes containing gas collapses it will cause another sinkhole to open and the escaping large volume of gas may possibly catch fire causing an enormous explosion.

Currently, oil and gas companies are drilling exploratory wells to find out the source of the bubbling gas and to discover the cause of the new sinkhole. Gas companies owning the caverns and using them for gas storage have many large bore gas pipelines running underground throughout the area and these are another possible source of leakages.

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