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New bubbling site spotted near Bayou Corne sinkhole

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click here for full story January 21, 2013 from WAFB.com ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (WAFB) – Assumption Parish officials said the most recent bubbling site near the Bayou Corne sinkhole is the biggest pool they have seen yet. Office of Emergency Preparedness workers refer to it as the “mother of all bubbles.” The new bubbling site …

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Giant Sinkhole is Swallowing Up a Louisiana Bayou Community

Smithsonian.com Click here for story Last spring, residents in Louisiana’s Assumption Parish noticed peculiar bubbles rising to the surface in some bayous. Soon after, small earthquakes shook the towns and raised some eyebrows. In August, i09 writes, the earth suddenly yawned open, swallowing several acres of swampy forest and forming a massive sinkhole full of water, brines, oil …

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Texas Brine, state agree on sinkhole imaging plan

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BY DAVID J. MITCHELL The Advocate River Parishes bureau January 15, 2013 Click here for story   The Louisiana Office of Conservation on Monday ordered Texas Brine Co. LLC to employ an imaging technique to assess sediments under an 8.5-acre sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish that does not require drilling two 6,000-foot-deep wells. Issued late …

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Letter: Sinkhole problem needs resolving

The Advocate Opinion JANUARY 17, 2013 click here for story You know what? As a Bayou Corne resident, I personally am sick of seeing our “no-show” governor and our state of Louisiana just sitting back and laying all of this on Texas Brine. There is no doubt in my mind that the cause of all …

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Group wants sinkhole declared federal disaster

Posted: Jan 07, 2013 11:48 AM CSTUpdated: Jan 08, 2013 6:04 PM CST Posted by WAFB Staff – Click here for story BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) -Tempers are boiling over in Assumption Parish five months after that sinkhole forced nearly 300 people out of their homes. Some people are desperate and want the federal government to intervene. …

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Texas company fined for faking water tests

January 07, 2013 The Advocate Click here for story NEW ORLEANS — A judge says a Houston company must pay $1 million in fines and community service payments for falsifying water tests at an offshore production platform in 2009. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans says in a news release that U.S. District Judge Eldon …

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Texas Brine balks at order

Lawsuit filed to block La. Conservation Office directives BY DAVID J. MITCHELL The Advocate River Parishes bureau January 04, 2013 Click here for story Texas Brine Co. LLC has asked state District Court in Baton Rouge to permanently block the Louisiana Office of Conservation’s latest directives compelling new investigations into the underground effects of an …

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Sinkhole prompts study for possible alternative road

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BY DAVID J. MITCHELL The Advocate River Parishes bureau December 26, 2012 Click here for story State highway officials plan to start early next year with a six-month study into the feasibility of an alternative route around an 8-acre sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish. Though carrying just 6,000 vehicles per day, La. 70 cuts through …

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Sinkhole health fears discussed

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- State epidemiologist Raoult Ratard, right, gives a presentation to residents about health concerns related to the sink hole during a public meeting held in the Assumption Community Center in Napoleonville Thursday.

BY DAVID J. MITCHELL The Advocate River Parishes bureau   December 14, 2012 Click here for story. NAPOLEONVILLE – Louisiana’s state epidemiologist said Thursday that, in his view, the air in Bayou Corne is better than the air in Baton Rouge. Raoult Ratard offered that assessment when pressed during a community meeting about the possible air …

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Giant Louisiana sinkhole swallows more land

Click here for story BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) – Texas-Brine, the company that owns the cavern that is suspected of being the cause of the sinkhole in Assumption Parish, reports that a small slough-in happened Tuedsay night on the Southwest side of the sinkhole. The Assumption Parish OEP says they estimate a section of 20′ …

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Well shut down at giant Louisiana sinkhole, H2S discovered

Click here for story   BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) – A cavern well had to be shut down after Hydrogen Sulfide gas was discovered. Texas-Brine’s evaluation showed a low level of the gas, but officials say none of it has been detected in the surrounding communities. Two weeks ago, Texas-Brine detected amounts of Hydrogen Sulfide …

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Drinking water topic of meeting

From The Advocate Area Briefs for December 4th, 2012 Click here for story Drinking water topic of meeting The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Denham Springs City Hall, 941 Government St., to discuss a drinking water protection campaign. The drinking water protection campaign, “Protect Drinking Water One …

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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

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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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More land and trees fall into Assumption sinkhole

The Advocate The story can also be found here BAYOU CORNE — A growing, 5.5-acre sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish swamps gobbled up an another strip of land Tuesday, parish officials said. The 80-by-20-foot section on the eastern side of the sinkhole fell in, or sloughed off, about 4:45 p.m., parish officials said. John Boudreaux, director …

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Officials: Sinkhole math doesn’t work

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The Advocate BY DAVID J. MITCHELL River Parishes bureau October 22, 2012 To view the story click here The math isn’t adding up in Assumption Parish, and some parish officials are worried about what might be happening underground near a Bayou Corne area sinkhole. State Department of Natural Resources scientists said they think a subterranean …

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Displaced residents question area safety

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The Advocate BY BRET H. MCCORMICK River Parishes bureau October 14, 2012 Read full story here BAYOU CORNE — Although the Louisiana Office of Conservation last week accused Texas Brine Co. of Houston of causing a 4.2-acre sinkhole near the Napoleonville Dome in northern Assumption Parish, some area residents said Saturday they have bigger concerns than …

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Officials blame salt cavern

Click here for full story The Advocate BY DAVID J. MITCHELL River Parishes bureau October 12, 2012   The Louisiana Office of Conservation on Thursday night placed the blame for a 4.2-acre sinkhole, gas trapped in an underground aquifer and other events in northern Assumption Parish on the owner of a failed salt cavern inside …

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Gulf oil sheen blamed on 2010 wreckage

The Advocate BY CAIN BURDEAU Associated Press October 12, 2012 For full story click here NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Federal scientists and BP say oil appears to have leaked last month from the drilling wreckage lying at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico near where a BP well blew out in 2010, causing the …

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Expert links gas, sinkhole

  Geologist: Connection seen in info BY DAVID J. MITCHELL River Parishes bureau The Advocate October 11, 2012 Read full story here The small community of Bayou Corne in northern Assumption Parish has been beset by a laundry list of the uncertain and unexplained: a yawning sinkhole in the swamp, earth tremors, natural gas bubbling …

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More land at sinkhole falls in

BY DAVID J. MITCHELL River Parishes bureau September 27, 2012 Read full story here. A 1,500-square-foot section of earth caved in from the edge of a slurry-filled sinkhole near Bayou Corne in Assumption Parish on Tuesday night, pulling down with it several trees and part of an access road, officials said Wednesday. The road was …

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Parish officials question findings by salt cavern owner

BY DAVID J. MITCHELL The Advocate River Parishes bureau September 25, 2012 BAYOU CORNE — State and Assumption Parish officials sharply disputed Tuesday night Texas Brine Co.’s claim that earth tremors caused the failure of its salt cavern that is suspected as the source of a 4-acre sinkhole in the Bayou Corne area. Stephen Chustz, interim …

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Seismic activity near cavern linked to sinkhole

BY DAVID J. MITCHELL The Advocate River Parishes bureau September 25, 2012 Regional seismic activity damaged an abandoned Texas Brine Co. salt cavern that has been suspected to be the cause of a 4-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish, company officials said late Monday. A tool used to measure the depth of the underground cavern found …

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Stolthaven Braithwaite terminal may have released more than 191,000 gallons of toxic chemicals during Isaac

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    By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune  on September 13, 2012 at 1:58 PM, updated September 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM More than 191,000 gallons of toxic chemicals may have been released from the Stolthaven New Orleans petroleum and chemical storage and transfer terminal in Braithwaite during Hurricane Isaac, according to a company report filed Tuesday with the U.S. Coast Guard National …

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Environmental PAC rolls out TV ads about B.R. water supply

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Published Sep 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm (Updated Sep 21, 2012) Baton Rouge Business Report Stephanie Riegel A series of television ads hit local airwaves today calling on state regulators to do a better job protecting Baton Rouge’s drinking water supply. The 30- and 60-second commercials are part of a $100,000 media buy sponsored by …

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Drill enters cavern, tests to begin at sinkhole

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September 23, 2012 View the Story  Washington Examiner AP Staff BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) — Drillers punched into a failed salt cavern and then removed the equipment to make way for tests to learn whether the cavern’s failure caused a huge sinkhole in Assumption Parish. Although gauges first showed no pressure from gas or brine …

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Oil Industry Knowledge of Pollution

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Click “Read More” and then scroll to see letters illustrating the oil industry’s knowledge of pollution. __________________________________________________________________________________   __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________

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Storm scatters tar balls buried since BP spill

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By Nikki Buskey Staff Writer Daily Comet Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 6:01 a.m. Last Modified: Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 11:14 a.m.   Hurricane Isaac’s wind and waves unearthed oil buried since the 2010 BP oil spill and scattered tar balls along Grand Isle, Elmer’s Island and Fourchon Beach, state officials said. The …

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New Website Launch!

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Welcome to our new site! We hope that it provides you with a good deal of information about our organization. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions or concerns about our new site. Thank you! – Citizens for Clean Water and Land

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Exhibit to reveal residents’ reasons for restoration

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Coastal Restoration - The Daily Comet   By Nikki Buskey Staff Writer Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 8:07 p.m. Last Modified: Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 8:07 p.m. Why should we save coastal Louisiana? There are as many answers as there are people who love Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, and Chauvin-based community nonprofit group Bayou Grace is …

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BP Oil Spill Stories

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Associated Press - BP oil spill dispersants may have hurt Gulf of Mexico food chain, study finds The Advocate - Questions remain on RESTORE Act process  Times-Picayune - Restore Act is the first win in a long season to save Louisiana’s coast  

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Louisiana Sinkhole Stories

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The Advocate - Cavern tied to sinkhole ABC News -Louisiana Sinkhole Spurs Evacuations, Lawsuits and a Resignation  The Daily Iberian- Bubbling- Lake Peigneur – Assumption Parish The Advocate - Tests : Salt water runs deep

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