David Blanchard and other residents received the latest update on the Bayou Corne sinkhole Tuesday from officials from the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. The affected residents have been under an evacuation order for 411 days.
"Where I'm staying at I cannot live there without paying bills for them and groceries and everything else," said Blanchard.
The presentation focused on the three-dimensional seismic profiles gathered by Texas Brine and interpreted by state officials.
"Anything that is remaining in the subsurface is going to be right up against the salt dome and that's what I think we found here and that gas up here is a really narrow window directly under the sinkhole," said one presenter.
DNR officials said the seismic images confirm what they already knew, that several areas of disturbance between the edge of the salt dome and the Texas Brine cavern resulted in the release of gasses and oils that caused the sinkhole.
Assumption Parish Police Jury President Martin Triche said for frustrated residents, the new information is not enough.
"I wish we could come here and scientists would tell us expect 'A, B or C' but that's not the case. We're just getting more and more of the same and it's all predictions," Triche explained.
"I know it's just a trailer. It's not a $400,000 house, but I love my little spot and I would love to have similar but it will never happen," added Blanchard.
The latest seismic data is now in the hands of the state's Blue Ribbon commission made up of global experts in the field of geology and dealing with salt domes and gasses. The commission will create new safety benchmarks for those affected by the sinkhole moving forward.
History of the sinkhole
The sinkhole opened up in August 2012 and was roughly 1/24 of the
size it is now. The sinkhole formed when an underground salt cavern
In the past, seismic activity is reported, then the sinkhole burps up
debris and then a slough-in happens. Burps occur when air and gas from
deep in the sinkhole bubbles up. It can cause debris and an oily
substance to float to the top. A slough-in is when the sinkhole swallows
trees and land that is on the edge of the sinkhole.
Berms were placed around the sinkhole shortly after it opened up to
keep the oily, debris filled water contained to the sinkhole area so it
would not contaminate the area bayous.
It has been a year since hundreds living near the giant sinkhole were forced from their homes.
Bubbles were spotted in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012. Two
months later, the ground opened up and left what is now a 24-acre
sinkhole. Residents were evacuated and the most affected residents began
receiving weekly checks from Texas-Brine in the amount of $875 per
week. Texas Brine owns the salt cavern that collapsed, causing the
On August 2, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell
announced the state will be suing Texas Brine for environmental damages
caused by the failed Texas Brine cavern.
Parish and Texas Brine officials agree the situation is far from
over. 3D seismic surveys show the sinkhole itself it beginning to slow
and stabilize, but the recovery is focused on another danger; natural
gas gathering underneath a nearby aquifer.
Tuesday, February 25 2014 8:00 AM EST2014-02-25 13:00:21 GMT
Officials said a new bubbling site has been discovered near the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, bubbles were spotted on Grand Bayou, which runs alongMore >>
Officials said a new bubbling site has been discovered near the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. The bubbles were seen on Grand Bayou. More >>
Tuesday, February 18 2014 12:21 PM EST2014-02-18 17:21:55 GMT
Officials will address concerns at the site of the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. Texas Brine will hold a public meeting in Assumption Parish next week. It is scheduled to take place at the TexasMore >>
Officials will address concerns at the site of the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana. Texas Brine will hold a public meeting in Assumption Parish Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, January 14 2014 6:51 AM EST2014-01-14 11:51:44 GMT
More information will be given Tuesday about current efforts to contain the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana. Texas Brine and Assumption Parish officials will hold an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. toMore >>
More information will be given Tuesday about current efforts to contain the giant sinkhole in south Louisiana. The focus will be on those vent wells siphoning gas from beneath the ground.More >>
Wednesday, January 8 2014 6:28 PM EST2014-01-08 23:28:12 GMT
The company that accepted responsibility for the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Bayou Corne claims an insurance company has put them in a hole.Texas Brine filed a complaint with the state insurance departmentMore >>
The company that accepted responsibility for the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Bayou Corne claims an insurance company has put them in a hole.More >>
Tuesday, December 24 2013 8:41 AM EST2013-12-24 13:41:01 GMT
Work is once again on hold at the giant Louisiana sinkhole after workers found another crack in the levee. The new cracks are in the same spot where previous cracks were repaired in the lowest part ofMore >>
Work is once again on hold at the giant Louisiana sinkhole after workers found another crack in the levee.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 >>