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HUGE Louisiana sinkhole!!!!
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 24857213:MV8xOTUxNjAzXzMzNzcwNTEwXzMwRUYxMTE1] yes, the gas is coming up from a deposit deep in the earth's crust, travels through fissures and cracks in the rock strata. and certainly there is Nothing that can be capped because it's everywhere in the ground. and i suppose that they could drill 50 relief wells and hope that the damn gas deposit empties in 10 or 20 years. but, what if this gargantuan gas deposit is deeper than any technology can drill? in that case the natural gas would just keep creeping and creeping, making every area it saturated uninhabitable. so, how much area will this "thing" saturate? only all of Assumption Parish? all of Southern Louisiana (including New Orleans)? just how far will this gas permeate the ground and make entire areas uninhabitable? (and to what extent will any of this gas collect into huge clouds with the proper air-fuel mixture to make it an explosion hazard?).... [/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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