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HUGE Louisiana sinkhole!!!!
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[quote:dr.einstein:MV8xOTUxNjAzXzMzODc3NzMxXzFBREIxRDAz] Folks. don't lose sight of the fact that the sinkhole-and-cavern problem is only a small part of this whole thing. the fundamental problem with the "cavern" is that Texas Brine did not conform to established engineering standards when they were harvesting the brine from the cavern: they washed away too much of the salt structure from the sides of the cavern and thereby weakened the cavern structure to the point of causing collapse (which in turn puts the entire Napoleanville Salt Dome complex in jeopardy) the MOST HUGE part of the problem is that coincidentally with this salt dome fiasco, a deep reservoir of natural gas has decided to seep its way to the surface -- and it is this natural gas which coincidentally filled the Texas Brine "cavern". But! more importantly, all of this natural gas, which is leaking up from a reservoir deep in the earth's crust, is ALSO saturating all of the ground in southern louisiana -- and it is this "natural gas problem" that is the catastrophic component of the whole situation. [/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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