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HUGE Louisiana sinkhole!!!!
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 18850150:MV8xOTUxNjAzXzMyNzE4MjE5X0EwRkY2OUNG] . Check this out from the news article I linked above: " The government used previously created salt caverns along the Gulf Coast to store the first 250 million barrels of oil in the reserve. Later, it began using a process called "solution mining" to [b]carve additional caverns out of underground salt domes. The process involves injecting water deep underground to dissolve salt and create the pockets, some of which are as big as skyscrapers.[/b] The [b]same process that is used to create the caverns can make them bigger over time[/b] as water is injected to force oil from the domes, Beaubouef said. "That essentially leaches out the cavern further," he said. "That's planned for. It's in the design. [b]But every time there's a drawdown order, the cavern gets bigger[/b]." . [/quote]
The initially estimated 200 by 200 feet sinkhole that developed late last week, swallowing ancient cypress trees 100 feet tall near Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities in south Louisiana, is now reported to be 380 feet deep with a diameter of 372 feet, filled mainly with salt water with traces of diesel fuel, and only 1,500 feet from a cavern filled with butane, according to Tuesday morning news. Analysts' reports further hint that Texas Brine Company's cavern failed, but the butane cavern failing is today's worst-case scenario.
If a nearby butane-filled cavern fails, as it appears the brine cavern did,
"it could cause an explosion felt up to two miles away."
link to www.examiner.com
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