Three legislative committees gathered at the State Capitol to hear from
affected parties regarding the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Assumption Parish
Representative Karen St. Germain, whose district includes the sinkhole, read
four letters into the record from residents who have been displaced since
August of last year.
Assumption Parish officials, followed by Department of Natural Resources,
Environmental Quality, along with CB&I and Texas-Brine will testified
Senator Gerald Long, who chairs Natural Resources, says his committee will
initiate an investigation into the matter.
The main sinkhole has reached more than 800 feet in diameter and the western
wall continues to collapse.
Last week, officials reported about 5,000 square feet fell in on the
southwest side of the sinkhole, officials call this sloughing.
According to Texas-Brine, sloughing is considered a normal part of the
stabilization process; the sinkhole surface area will get bigger but the depth
will become shallower. In August 2012, the depth of the sinkhole was 490 feet.
In January 2013, the depth was just over 200 feet.
Bruce Mathews, Vice President of Operation for Texas-Brine testified that
the company will not start buying homes in the affected area because it's just
not the right time. "I know there are residents of Bayou Corne that want
to be bought out," says Mathews. "But I know there is a group that
does not want to be bought out because there's one's who want to stay and because
it's the right thing to do. We have to focus on response activities."
The words from Mathews were not what some residents wanted to hear.
Texas-Brine officials say they have spent $3.5 million on residents of Bayou
Corne so far. That is about $23,000 per family. "My house sits there
uninhabited for over four months, closed up with no air circulating," said
resident Jamie Wilber. "My interior has mold, cracks in the roof and sheet
rock. My home is destroyed and my children have no intention of going back.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon testified that residents who haven't had
their home owners' policies for at least 3 years could be in danger. "For
anybody less than 3 years, like any other homeowner in America, they can be
non-renewed," said Donelon.
The committee's have decided to reconvene Monday March, 18 to review the
progress. That's a few weeks before the session starts in April to consider
legislation relevant to the sinkhole.
As has been reported numerous times previously, natural gas bubbling
continues at isolated sites near the center and around the perimeter of the
Meanwhile, Texas-Brine continues work on a containment berm to surround the
Tuesday, November 26 2013 5:32 PM EST2013-11-26 22:32:12 GMT
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Crews have been given the green light to continue work on the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana. There was a flyover of Bayou Corne on Thursday to obtain new pictures of the sinkhole from the air.More >>
Crews have been given the green light to continue work on the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana after a crack on one of the berms put a halt to things. More >>
Monday, October 28 2013 12:30 PM EDT2013-10-28 16:30:16 GMT
There has been more activity at the site of the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana, including the development of a crack on one of the berms. According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, the crackMore >>
There has been more activity at the site of the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana, including the development of a crack on one of the berms.More >>
The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. Click here to see the photos from August 2012 until now.More >>
The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. The sinkhole, or slurry, is consuming land and trees. Many images are from the Assumption Parish Police Jury. Click here to see the photos from August until now. More >>