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Assumption sinkhole “burps” vegetation, hydrocarbons

The Advocate DAVID J. MITCHELL River Parishes bureau November 27, 2012 Read full story here.   An 8-acre swampland sinkhole between the Grand Bayou and Bayou Corne communities in Assumption Parish burped up vegetation and hydrocarbons from its watery depths Tuesday, parish officials said. Happening about 11:30 a.m., the “burp” coincided with what is called …

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Radioactive material handling probed

The Advocate BY DAVID J. MITCHELL River Parishes bureau   November 27, 2012 Read full story here State officials are investigating how Texas Brine Co. LLC handled naturally occurring radioactive material in Assumption Parish — where a large sinkhole was found Aug. 3 — and whether it was illegally disposed of inside the Napoleonville Dome …

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Is it dangerous to live on a salt dome, experts assess risk

Read story here From WVLA 33 TV Kris CusanzaReporter BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Louisiana has over 120 salt domes and many different drilling operations on them. The residents of Bayou Corne know the reality of a potential disaster is all too real. “Who’d buy here,” Ernest Boudreaux Jr., Bayou Corne resident, said. “I wouldn’t have …

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Camp owner says pay due for evacuation

The Advocate Read story here Sinkhole keeps retirees from second homes BY DAVID J. MITCHELL River Parishes bureau November 20, 2012 BAYOU CORNE — The sugar and non-dairy creamer for Harley Brown’s coffee was rock hard Friday inside his chilly camp on Bayou Corne. Filled with family pictures and trophies — both for the fish that …

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Vent wells burning gas from sinkhole area

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The Advocate BY DAVID J. MITCHELL River Parishes bureau November 18, 2012 Assumption Parish and Texas Brine Co. LLC officials are reporting progress by specially built wells put to work collecting and burning methane trapped in a water aquifer under the Bayou Corne area. Three vent wells already are burning off gas, and Texas Brine …

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Homes near sinkhole must be tested

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Gary Hecox, a geologist with Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, urges Pierre Part-area residents to get their homes checked for possible natural gas migration, and added that homes on slabs are the most at risk. He spoke Tuesday night at a community meeting on the status of the Assumption Parish sinkhole emergency that was held in the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church hall.

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND — Gary Hecox, a geologist with Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, urges Pierre Part-area residents to get their homes checked for possible natural gas migration, and added that homes on slabs are the most at risk. He spoke Tuesday night at a community meeting on the status of the Assumption …

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State orders Texas Brine to take safety steps

BY DAVID J. MITCHELL The Advocate River Parishes bureau November 13, 2012 The Louisiana Office of Conservation on Monday issued a new round of directives to Texas Brine Co. LLC aimed at minimizing risks from the public’s potential exposure to natural gas lingering under property in the Bayou Corne community of Assumption Parish where a …

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Letter: Commissioner wasting groundwater

Click here for full story Baton Rouge has some of the best drinking water in America, and because of the ineptness of the commissioner of conservation, Jim Welsh, it is being threatened by saltwater intrusion. In the last 50-plus years, the water table in our aquifer, 1,500-foot sands, has decreased almost 250 feet and is …

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Gas burn-off duration increases at sinkhole

Advocate photo provided by Assumption Parish Police Jury -- Texas Brine Co. LLC reported that gas venting from a relief well began on Friday at a rate of about 39,000 cubic feet per day. The flaring is underway around the clock to remove the threat of undeground gas seeping to the surface from an aquifer near Bayou Corne.

Advocate photo provided by Assumption Parish Police Jury — Texas Brine Co. LLC reported that gas venting from a relief well began on Friday at a rate of about 39,000 cubic feet per day. The flaring is underway around the clock to remove the threat of undeground gas seeping to the surface from an aquifer …

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Parish, Texas Brine continue size dispute

Source- Assumption Parish Police Jury

BY DAVID J. MITCHELL River Parishes bureau November 02, 2012 The Advocate BAYOU CORNE — Assumption Parish officials said a helicopter flight over a sinkhole east of the Bayou Corne community confirmed on Thursday their estimate of how much territory the slurry-filled hole swallowed Tuesday. But Texas Brine Co. officials defended Thursday their smaller estimate …

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