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HUGE Louisiana sinkhole!!!!
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 17467379:MV8xOTUxNjAzXzMyNzIwNjUwXzM4NTJFRThD] Interesting... Louisiana oil and gas chief resigns Sinkhole situation: DNR searching for answers 09 August 2012 19:43 GMT Scott Angelle, who headed the agency that regulates oil and gas in Louisiana, says he has left his job to run for office as the department struggles to understand and mitigate a giant sinkhole threatening to wreak havoc on oil infrastructure in south Louisiana. In a statement Thursday morning, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that coastal management assistant secretary Stephen Chustz would be serving as interim director of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources following Angelle's resignation. - Angelle's departure also comes amid a worsening situation in Assumption Parish as the sinkhole swallowed whole trees and grew to 392 feet wide and 422 feet deep, with the slurry topped by floating diesel. Panicked residents were evacuated as the state ordered Texas Brine, an area cavern operator, to investigate the integrity of a brine cavern it operated in the salt dome. "We’re proceeding to determine the cause of the sinkhole and determine whether or not it is related to the inactive brine cavern that is in close proximity," said Sonny Cranch, a spokesman for Texas Brine - full- http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1262637.ece [/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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