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
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