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Message Subject Don't make ASSUMPTIONS; try to Understand.
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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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.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25192789

Yes look at how many dying trees there are around the sinkhole area. The ground is indeed saturated.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21268876

maybe. but we're talking all of southern louisiana (including New Orleans) here bunkie.

can you say: "totally uninhabitable"?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25192789

I can say totally uninhabitable. Well, you said yourself that it is saturated and I am agreeing with you.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21268876

i know. i was just trying to emphasize that the PROBLEM
is a hell of a lot more than just some silly cavern and
its daughter sinkhole. (or even the whole damn Napoleanville Salt Dome complex, for that matter)
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