HUGE Methane Bubble Site Found Within 100 ft Of Bayou Corne Home…

Published on May 7, 2013

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This newest methane bubbling site is in the northwestern most edge of the Bayou Corne community. This is the first BIG bubble site in the bayou that I am aware of on the north side of HWY 70, and so far west. See Nick Romeros interview with CBS at The Sunday Morning Show under videos. Very moving, and he voices so many of our feelings. Mine, for sure.…



Massive Sinkhole In Louisiana Baffles Officials

March 20, 2013 2:24 PM


After the collapse of a salt mine in south Louisiana last year, a 9-acre sinkhole has flooded the area. It also caused gas and oil leaks, and local residents are fed up.

Debbie Elliott/NPR

Louisiana officials are grappling with a giant sinkhole that’s threatening a neighborhood. A salt mine collapsed last year, creating a series of problems regulators say they’ve never seen before, including tremors and oil and gas leaks and a sinkhole that now covers 9 acres.

Residents have been evacuated for more than seven months now and are losing patience.

Ernie Boudreaux lives in a trailer on Jambalaya Street in Bayou Corne, La. Strange things have been happening to his home, he says.

“It cracks. You can hear it. The doors pop open by themselves,” Boudreaux says.

The front porch is separating from the trailer and sometimes he smells oil — all problems that started after the sinkhole opened less than a half mile from his house. His neighborhood is under a mandatory evacuation, but Boudreaux comes back a few days a week to care for his dog, Diesel.

Houston-based Texas Brine has been mining salt near the Bayou Corne community for more than 40 years. The company is now paying evacuated residents $875 a week to cover temporary housing costs. But Boudreaux, a welder, says he can’t find a rental that takes pets the size of Diesel, so he stays with his sister some and then comes home. He wants a more permanent solution.

“That $875 a week is hush-hush money — keep everybody quiet and just let it settle down. I say, I’m not letting this settle down. You talking about land, home that we can’t come back to,” Boudreaux says. “And if you do, it ain’t worth nothing.”

‘Just Like An Experiment’

From Boudreaux’s backyard you can see the entrance to Texas Brine. The firm operates several salt wells here in Assumption Parish, injecting water into an underground salt dome to leach out brine. The sodium chloride is used by the nearby petrochemical industries that line the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Ernie Boudreaux, who lives a half mile from the sinkhole, has been living with his sister for the past seven months.

Ernie Boudreaux, who lives a half mile from the sinkhole, has been living with his sister for the past seven months.

Debbie Elliott/NPR

“This is the sinkhole,” says Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch. He looks out over what appears to be a lake surrounded by swampland and a fresh earthen levee. It was all swamp before Aug. 3, the morning workers discovered the sinkhole.

One day the area was swamp, he says, and the next “there’s nothing, except debris, floating vegetative matter, and as it turned out, there was some liquid hydrocarbon that had risen to the surface.”

That was crude oil and natural gas bubbling up from below ground. It was a mystery at first, but now authorities say an abandoned salt cavern collapsed, shifting the rock and salt formations deep below, causing the sinkhole above and unleashing hydrocarbons into the groundwater aquifer up to two miles from the site.

The sinkhole is still growing. Monitoring reveals continuing shifting underground and a possible problem at a second cavern.

The state has ordered Texas Brine to drill 30 of these natural gas wells around Bayou Corne.

Patrick Courreges with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources says the escaping methane poses a danger. “Want to get that out so that you don’t have the risk of homes with enclosed spaces having a concentration of gas buildup that could be flammable or explosive,” Courreges says.

Courreges says Texas Brine had plugged and abandoned this salt mine in 2010 after integrity problems. And state rules at the time did not require any continued monitoring. Now scientists have discovered that the side wall of the salt cavern collapsed, causing tremors, the sinkhole and oil and gas leaks. Courreges says they’ve yet to find a road map for dealing with this unique set of problems.

“When we started looking around [asking] who else has this happened to, and the answer came — and we’re still looking — is nobody,” he says.

That makes it hard to predict what will happen next.

“It’s just like an experiment,” says Wilma Subra, a technical adviser to the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. “But the issue is, it is continuing to degrade. So as long as it’s degrading, you can’t say we’ve reached the end of degradation and now we can figure out how to remedy.”

Buyouts At Bayou Corne

Bayou Corne resident Nick Romero is losing his patience.

“I didn’t do anything. I didn’t cause this,” Romero says.

In his front yard, Romero watches gas bubbles seep up slowly through the cypress-studded swamp. “I’m being driven from the thing that I love the most,” he says.

He’s a retired postal worker and his wife, Brenda, is a nature artist. They’ve been here more than 20 years.

“The damage is done,” Brenda says. “Our property is worth zero.”

Nick Romero says after seven months, nothing is getting better. He wants Texas Brine to ante up.

“Man has played around and stuck his hands where he shouldn’t have and mother nature says It’s time for y’all to leave,” he says. “They’re responsible for causing it, so it’s time for them to pay up.”

Cranch of Texas Brine says the company will work with individual families to reach a fair settlement. “We want resolution of this. We really, truly appreciate the emotional stress this has caused for so many of these people in the Bayou Corne area,” Cranch says.

Some residents have sued Texas Brine. And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is demanding damages for all of the 350 residents near the sinkhole. He also says the company owes the state more than $8 million for its response to the crisis.

“They’re the ones that are the responsible party. They caused this damage, and certainly we’ll be aggressive in making sure that they pay their bills — whether it’s to the state, local government or the folks they buy out,” Jindal said.

Back on Jambalaya Street, Boudreaux wants the buyout but isn’t sure where he’ll to go from Bayou Corne.

“We born and raised here. Ain’t like I’m going to say I’m moving to Baton Rouge because I’m not a city person,” he says. “I’m born in the swamp and bayous. They ain’t got a bayou I’m outta place. I can’t go to no city. But where you gonna go? That’s the thing.”

Officials: ‘Spasmodic burst’ near giant sinkhole — Around 100 micro quakes reported overnight

Published: March 13th, 2013 at 2:14 pm ET
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Title: Increased Seismic Activity Reported
Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury
Date: March 13, 2013 at 12:55p ET
h/t Anonymous tip

Dr. Horton has reported a “spasmodic burst” which occurred at 1:34 this morning with 90+ micro earthquakes happening overnight. In addition, there were several observable long periods (VLP) events recorded on seismic monitor LA12. Dr. Horton and Dr. Pettit are working to locate the events currently.

We will post updates as information becomes available.

Updated here: Official: Work halted around giant sinkhole — Sharp tremors continuing every 15 minutes — Gas or fluids moving below ground?


Live near the Bayou Corne Sinkhole? GET A LAWYER

Published on Feb 27, 2013


Quick sinkhole update and call-in to the “Situational Preparedness Show” with some important info for anyone still living in the area…from today Feb 27, 2013

Must listen for any residents that have not yet evacuated. Pay close attention to what the state geologist Gary Hecox says…NO ONE has ever seen an event like this and there are multiple complexities involved with the subsidence, gasses being released, geological activity and possibility of a collapse. Not to mention the toxic materials that have been stored there for decades.……………

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Bayou Corne Sinkhole Disaster Health Monitoring Failure

Published on Nov 16, 2012

Human rights reporter Deborah Dupré, reporting from Bayou Corne Sinkhole Disaster area, Nov. 12, 2012:
At the Bayou Corne Sinkhole Disaster resident meeting with officials in Pierre Part on Nov. 12, 2012, Dr. Paul Brown demonstrated that health monitoring, regarding chemicals being released in the area impacting human life, is inadequate, a human rights violation. Although the official chairing the meeting, Louisiana State Representative Karen St. Germain, interrupted and tried to stop Brown from speaking, he continued and received a hearty response from residents. The area had already been plagued by cancer before the sinkhole chemicals began to be released, according to locals at the meeting who worry about the added chemicals in their environment.

For further Louisiana sinkhole disaster updates, see Deborah Dupré, Examiner, Bayou Corne Sinkhole Disaster:…


Louisiana Sinkhole Update: Major Methane Release as Salt Dome Rises over 100ft in 15 days

TV: “Rumbling in ground near massive sinkhole” — Update: Floor of salt cavern rising much faster than previously reported

Published: February 5th, 2013 at 12:11 pm ET

Title: Scientist reports above-normal seismic activity at sinkhole
Source: WAFB 9 News
Date: Feb 05, 2013 7:39 AM EST

Experts are looking into the cause of recent rumbling in the ground near the massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

A scientist with the Center for Earthquake Research and Information reported there has been above-normal seismic activity around the site for several days. […]

Texas Brine’s Feb. 3 Update (h/t The Bugle): “[Cavern] floor had risen 100 feet since last measured on Jan. 18.”

A 100-foot rise over a 15-day period is an average of almost 7 feet per day. Previously, the cavern floor had been rising at a rate of less than 1 foot per day (Sources: 1, 2, 3)

Video: “Eerie situation in marsh near sinkhole in Bayou Corne”

Published: February 2nd, 2013 at 5:18 pm ET

Source: Facebook
Author: Julie Dermansky
Date: Feb. 1, 2013
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Here are 4 video clips shot today of an eerie situation in the marsh near the sinkhole in Bayou Corne, a story I am now covering.

Bubbles coming up from the marsh in a location off Triche Canal near the sinkhole in Bayou Corne where I have been working on a story this last week.  […] Some that have already been marked off- others that appear to be additional sites to those already identified.

More to follow on the situation in Bayou Corne once my story is done. If you are from the area and want to share your input/experience please send me a message on Facebook or to

Sinkhole methane explosion possible says sheriff

Published on Feb 3, 2013

Assumption Parish Sheriff Michael J. Waguespack, was interviewed about the unprecedented Bayou Corne event unfolding in South Louisiana’s swamp land… (dated Nov.4, 2012)

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ALERT : LA Sink Hole “Growth Event” Underway (19 January 2013)

Published on Jan 19, 2013

The Office of Conservation, in consultation with Assumption Parish Incident Command, is advising that the Texas Brine facility sinkhole appears to be undergoing a growth event, indicated by a recent upswing in measured seismic activity that began to decrease about the time of this morning’s release of debris and crude oil to the top of the sinkhole, as well as the appearance of cracks on the surface of the Oxy 3 well pad, located directly above Texas Brine’s failed cavern and on the eastern side of the sinkhole.

Monitoring of seismic activity and direct field observations from ground level and overflights are part of the ongoing response to determine the potential extent of this latest growth event — one of several observed since the formation of the sinkhole. Observations indicate that the current growth event is centered on the east side of the sinkhole — possibly related to shifting of salt and material within the cavern collapse zone. After a period of heightened activity, the number and strength of sharp seismic events dropped markedly following the release of debris and hydrocarbons from the sinkhole — though impacts at the surface on the eastern side of the sinkhole will continue to be monitored closely.

Following the appearance of the well pad surface cracks on the southwestern corner of the Oxy 3 well pad, the Office of Conservation advised that personnel and equipment should be removed from the site to ensure safety while observation and analysis of the growth event are ongoing.
Though the exact timing and extent of episodic growth events cannot be predicted, the Office of Conservation and its consultants had identified the Oxy 3 well pad as being within the area of potential sinkhole growth, and has maintained constant monitoring of subsurface conditions and activity for signs of instability in order to act quickly to protect the safety of the public and workers on site.

Officials: ‘Growth event’ underway at giant sinkhole — Salt may be shifting underground — Site evacuated, equipment removed — Oxy 3 well pad in jeopardy…

Louisiana Sinkhole’s Explosive Potential Massively Understated!

Louisiana Sinkhole’s Explosive Potential Massively Understated!



As I have previously reported on, in Massive Explosive Potential in Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico. Doomsday?, and PART II, the various threats all of us are facing posed by the mammoth issues in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, are spinning completely out of control. The consequences are far reaching, phenomenal, and highly volatile.

Instead of weaving this update one into another…this time I shall take it one area at a time, this time focusing on just the Napoleonville “Sinkhole”. If any doubt the veracity of any of the claims I make, please rest assured a link will be provided for each and every salient point, normally by scientific entreaties, video, or news sources, as well as the usual authorities.


Much has happened since my last article. The so-called “sinkhole” has now grown to over eight football fields in size with daily seismic activity. Although close to 85, 000 gallons of oil have been removed from the surface of the lake it has become, the water is still slick black with oil.

The flyovers show us that the surrounding swamp water has invaded and is overflowing the sinkhole contaminating the surrounding swamps, as well as methane invading both the Louisiana and Mississippi Aquifers. Several wells have been drilled in an attempt to flare off the methane, but most clogged, and one well being drilled into the cap rock of the Salt Dome was shut down when Hydrogen Sulfide was discovered the day before Thanksgiving.

The bottom of the “sinkhole” has risen over fifty feet, indicating a sub-pressure gas or fluid.

This is born out by the Itasca Consulting Group;

“Dr. Will Pettitt, Principal Geophysicist at Itasca Consulting Group, has reviewed the seismic data recorded overnight on November 20/21. Long-period seismic tremors and micro-earthquakes have been observed, similar to those defined previously by Dr. Steve Horton of CERI/USGS, and recorded mainly on station LA08 closest to the sinkhole. The long-period seismic tremors are postulated to be caused by gas and/or fluid movements through the rock collapse zone below the sinkhole on the edge of the salt dome. Micro-earthquakes of this nature are typically associated with small-scale rock movements, and again are believed to be occurring in the collapse zone. The source of both of these event types continues to be investigated by experts.”

It has also been found that this is not the first time residents of Bayou Corne have had to be evacuated due to escaping gases.

Magnolia, Grand Bayou, south Louisiana (USA)

“The Magnolia Facility operating at the salt dome is located in a sparsely populated area at Napoleonville, about two miles from Grand Bayou, south Louisiana. In 2003, a cavern gas storage facility was constructed in the dome, operated by Entergy Koch/Gulf South. On Christmas Eve/Day 2003, only six weeks after operations began at the facility, around 30 people were forced from their homes by a natural gas (Methane) leak that led to the release of about 9.9 Mcm of gas in a matter of hours.

Investigations revealed that the gas escaped from a crack in the casing of a well near the top of a cavern, some 440 m (1,450 ft) below the surface. It was eventually plugged at a point below the crack and thirty-six other wells were drilled in the area to monitor and control the release of leaked gas that was bubbling up from underground. They removed 375 million cubic feet of gas before they were shut down in 2004.”

Then on August 11th, 2010, while the BP debacle was still ongoing, Assumption Parish was dealt a blow as well, when an Oil Well Blowout Preventer, (sound familiar?), malfunctioned and shot oil over 200 ft. high over a sugar cane field and closed down Hwy. 70 for over three weeks before it was brought under control. Video is here:

Overlooked is the amount of Parish’s that report methane bubbling all around them, as twenty eight bubbling sites associated with giant sinkhole. Authorities also are testing air releases from three new bubble sites found in recent weeks farther west toward Pierre Part and beyond any of the 25 other bubble locations in the general vicinity of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou.

One far flung Parish is also experiencing similar bubbling that was a precursor of Assumption Parish’s sinkhole is Lake Piegneur, fifty miles away, which was also the site of a Salt Dome and Mine disaster all it’s own in 1980, when the fresh water lake was sucked down into a salt mine, and replaced with a salt water lake after an Texaco oil drilling rig punctured the salt dome being mined. Even after such a disaster, and since 1994 AGL Resources has been using Lake Peigneur’s underlying salt dome as a Storage and Hub facility for pressurized natural gas. Efforts by the residents to stop the current expansion of the salt dome so far has fallen on deaf ears. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s mainly.

Salt Mines disasters are not a new occurrence, but the one in Napoleonville is on a scale previously unknown.

List of Salt Dome Disasters

Yaggy                Hutchison, Kan.   Natural Gas    Jan. ’01     Fire and Explosion                Casing Failure

Brenham            Brenham, Texas      LPG            April ’92    Fire and Explosion                Valve Failure

Mont Belvieu      Mont Belvieu,Texas   LPG          Nov. ’85     Fire and Explosion               Casing Failure

Mont Belvieu      Mont Belvieu,Texas LPG            1980          Fire and Explosion               Casing Failure

West Hackberry      South La.              Oil             Sep. ’78     Fire                          Packer Failure

Moss Bluff              Liberty, Texas      Natural Gas    Aug. ’04     Fire and Explosion               Valve Failure

Magnolia         Napoleonville, La.   Natural Gas        Dec. ’03    Gas Leak and Evacuation      Casing Failure

Stratton Ridge   Freeport, Texas   Natural Gas         1990s                Cavern Failure/Abandonment Leak- Failed MIT

Mont Belvieu   Mont Belvieu,Texas   LPG                  Oct. ’84      Fire and Explosion              Casing Failure

Eminence       Eminence, Miss.    Natural Gas          April ’72       Loss of Storage Capacity     Salt Creep

Source: Falcon Gas Storage Co.

Also, data has been obtained towards just what is in all those caverns under the Napoleonville Salt Dome, Magnolia Facility via industry websites and a report handed in to Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana. The results were beyond chilling.

Crosstex is not the only source of the Butane at the Magnolia facility, with K/D/S Promix holding butane with a cavern capacity of 1,660,788 Million Barrels, and another storage cavern of iso-butane with a capacity of 1,372,759 Million Barrels. Dow Storage has Ethane/Propane with a potential capacity 9,266,456 BBls. Ethane is three times more flammable than Butane. What really is disturbing is what is kept within one cavern and that is LPG with a potential storage capacity of 1,451,107 BBls.

Why is this disturbing?

According to K/D/S Promix’s Tony Russell, “
“Promix operates a total of 5 wells with 3 of the five being used on a daily basis for the storage and withdrawal of produced liquid hydrocarbon products from the fractionation of natural gas liquids. The other two are empty of hydrocarbons, but full of saturated brine water and are continuously monitored.”

According to Natural Gas. Org;

“Whatever the source of the natural gas, once separated from crude oil (if present) it commonly exists in mixtures with other hydrocarbons; principally ethane, propane, butane, and pentanes. In addition, raw natural gas contains water vapor, hydrogen sulfide (H2S), carbon dioxide, helium, nitrogen, and other compounds. To learn about the basics of natural gas, including its composition, click here.”

This is what is stored under the Napoleonville Salt Dome by K/D/S/Promix and Dow Chemical, as well as Gulf South Pipeline, LP, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy/Koch LP.

These companies are admitting they have so much worse than Butane stored at Magnolia, (NPVL). Ethane is 3 times more energetic, and flammable than Methane, Butane, or Propane. HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE!

Also Propylene is used in plastics, paints, etc. and is highly explosive at the concentrations that exist in the cavern, and if it reaches the surface water then all vegetation and critters it touches will die. Although Dow refuses to test for water toxicity, it does give a good overview here:

Now to add insult to injury, The Dept. of Health and Hospitals acknowledges the well water samples taken in Bayou Corne in September showed:





Total Dissolved Solids


Tentatively Identified Compounds





Seems like a coincidence that the exact same chemicals that are housed in the Salt Caverns are precisely what are detected in the Industrial Well waters. The scary part is that Dow’s caverns are mostly on the East Side of the dome.

I personally don’t believe all of the caverns are separated anymore. All the “earthquakes” are nothing more than the cavern walls breaching, one by one, and all hydrocarbons are now intermixed again into who knows what concoctions, and is being caused by methane migration coming up through the Miocene shale from the Gulf of Mexico, and the Macondo blast site.

I will leave you with this, since so many want to know how explosive this can be. The PepCon explosion was 3.5 on the Richter scale. This is tiny compared to what is stored at Napoleonville, and in just one pipeline leading away from the wellheads..

That will be my segue into Part II, where many more shocking surprises await us back again in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Just In* Officials: Now up to 30,000 sq. feet swallowed by giant Louisiana sinkhole — Almost 20 times bigger than original estimate — “It’s a concern” (PHOTO & VIDEO)

This is a very dangerous situation developing for the entire region, we need to include this area in our meditations and prayers. Visualize the pressure below ground releasing slowly without incident…lets hope that’s what’s going on with the methane bubbles and fires.

Published: November 1st, 2012 at 1:28 am ET
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Title: Company, parish disagree on size of sinkhole
Source: The Advocate
Author: David J. Mitchell
Date: November 01, 2012 at 1:09a ET

Assumption Parish and Texas Brine Co. officials issued estimates Wednesday that disagree on how much land a 5.5-acre sinkhole swallowed during the slurry hole’s eastern-bank collapse Tuesday.

Parish officials offered an estimate Wednesday nearly 19 times the size of their initial estimate on Tuesday […] to almost as much as 0.7 acre, or 30,000 square feet. […]

John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said measurements calculated on Wednesday comparing current and prior maps showed the area of collapse extends 300 feet along the sinkhole’s bank and extends 75 to 100 feet inland on the eastern rim.

Boudreaux’s original estimate issued less than an hour after the Tuesday event suggested a strip of land 80 feet by 20 feet had fallen into the sinkhole.

Sonny Cranch, Texas Brine spokesman, said Wednesday that the company estimates about […] an area possibly as small as 750 square feet.

Cranch declared the parish overstated the size of the sinkhole’s latest land grab. […]

“It’s a concern, but it’s not endangering operations yet,” he said. […]

Assumption Parish, Oct. 31, 2012: “The traced red line overlaying the photo depicts the area and size of the slough in that was reported to us on yesterday afternoon.”

Watch WAFB’s Oct. 31 broadcast on the large slough-in here

 See video and photo here:

Published: November 1st, 2012 at 1:28 am ET


(28 October 2012) LA Sinkhole Fires, Gulf Methane Releases, Hurricane Sandy

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Climate-changing methane ‘rapidly destabilizing’ off East Coast, study finds

A changing Gulf Stream off the East Coast has destabilized frozen methane deposits trapped under nearly 4,000 square miles of seafloor, scientists reported Wednesday. And since methane is even more potent than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas, the researchers said, any large-scale release could have significant climate impacts.

“It is unlikely that the western North Atlantic margin is the only area experiencing changing ocean currents,” they noted. “Our estimate … may therefore represent only a fraction of the methane hydrate currently destabilizing globally.”

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Louisianna sink hole now associated with 28 bubbling sites and more BP oil leaking in the Gulf


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