Blue and green areas susceptible to sinkholes
Dee Finney's blog
start date July 20, 2011
today's date October 13, 2012
TOPIC: SINKHOLE IN LOUISIANA
(2:28) ALERT CODE 3!!!!-LOUISIANA SINKHOLE-MARCH 22 2013
The situation continues to worsen at the Assumption Parish sinkhole in Louisiana. On Tuesday Nov. 27 the water level dropped by six inches just prior to an eruption that spewed out thousands of gallons of crude oil and vegetative debris. The ground shook for four minutes during this astonishing event. Clean up crews removing crude oil from the surface of the sinkhole had to be evacuated from the area. The sinkhole has been increasing in size and has now swallowed eight acres of land.
Officials in the Parish continue to conceal the truth about the origins of the sinkhole, the bubbling in local bayous, and the persistent earth tremors that have moved some homes off of their foundations and caused the evacuation of local residents.
John Boudreaux of the Assumption Parish DHS OEP called for public input last summer to help identify the cause of the events. I contacted John's office at the time and forwarded him prophetic information linking the bubbling and the tremors to a large deposit of methane hydrate that was comprised by the BP deep well blowout. (information below)
Officials have avoided mention of the BP event during the course of this ongoing crisis and have referred to the escaping gas as being natural gas rather than identifying it as methane. The appearance of crude oil in the bayous and at the sinkhole was passed off as diesel fuel. The cause of the sinkhole itself was attributed to the failure of a nearby salt cavern used for brine production and petrochemical storage.
Now that vent pipes and flare stacks are burning off the escaping methane and thick crude covers the surface of the sinkhole, the true cause of the problems is becoming quite clear. Local resident Ronald Pate who lives in Ascension Parish about four miles from the sinkhole noticed bubbles appearing in his well water about the time the sinkhole appeared. Ron recently showed local reporters that he was able to ignite an explosion when he held a lighter over the opening of a gallon jug filled with his wellwater.
The following is excerpted from our Saviour's warning to prophet Linda Newkirk on June 30
"Now, you do not see again what is happening to you! For, the great
frozen methane lake, which is beneath the Gulf of Mexico, is quickly
melting! The heat of the seeping oil, which is pouring into the frozen
lake, is melting this great lake of frozen methane!
Some of these land displacements will be great with ensuing
earthquakes. But, the earthquakes will not compare to the unexpected
explosions, and in many areas, unparalleled deaths of humans, animals
and aquatic life and yes, even birds and other life forms!
I will continue in My judgments against you; and I will continue to
plead with you to repent through My great judgements, until I erase your
very existence! For, you are rotten, oh state of Louisiana! You are
rotten to the core and I will no longer allow this evil before My face!
Most often, the presence of these terrible gases will go undetected,
but the effects of these gases will be deadly! Whole areas will come
under attack, and there will be many “unexplained” deaths and
sicknesses! This great gas explosion will be seen as the “silent
killer.” (end excerpt)
Message from our Savior
A great call to repentance: America is burning!
The Melting of the great, frozen, methane lake:
The Third Great Judgement for Louisiana and for this nation!
June 30, 2012
The Antichrist in our midst!
“The Time of the Burning!”
Terrible Droughts and Famines!
The Fall of America!
Terrors From the South!
The Works of the Antichrist!
The Fulfillment of Our Saviour’s words!
The Price of Rebellion
The Great Judgements of our God against Louisiana and this nation!
The Third Great Judgement Against Louisiana,
and the people of this nation!
Since Early August, the Bayou Corne sinkhole in Louisiana has grown and shown an oily sheen. Local residents complain about the odor and health issues.
Flyover: Crude Oil now Covers Much of Giant Sinkhole
October 13, 2012
Oil and water can be seen flowing from the sinkhole into the adjacent environment.
Gas Pipeline Found Floating in Giant Sinkhole
October 11, 2012
A 25′ section of pipeline (from Acadian Gas’ pipeline) floated to the surface on the edge of the pipeline right-of-way. The pipeline was emptied previously which made it become bouyant and since the sinkhole occurred there is no earthen cover to keep the pipeline submerged.
Bayou Corne Odor and Symptom Log Results
October 9, 2012
As the sink hole developed, the Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou community began complaining of odors and associated health impacts. Analysis of air samples in the Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou area by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality demonstrated that the concentrations of toxic chemicals in the air, including Volatile Organic Compounds such as Benzene, Toluene, Ethyl Benzene and Xylene, were below the Louisiana Ambient Air Standards. However, though the concentrations of toxic chemicals were below acceptable standards, health symptoms continue to be experienced and reported by community members.
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve has many such domes along the Gulf
Coast, which of course is being stretched as the N American Continent is pulled
into a dome. Is this a major disaster just waiting to happen as the bow worsens
before the New Madrid adjusts?
Caverns and Their Use for Disposal of Oil Field Wastes
In the United States, salt domes are found in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, and in the Gulf of Mexico.Salt caverns have been used to store various types of hydrocarbons since the 1940s. The types of products that have been stored in these caverns include liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), propane, butane, ethane, ethylene, fuel oil, gasoline, natural gas, and crude oil. The largest underground storage operations in the United States are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The SPR currently stores about 560 million barrels of crude oil in 62 caverns located at four sites in Louisiana and Texas. Efforts are underway to add another 28 million barrels of crude oil to these sites.
Strategic Petroleum Reserve Storage Sites
Emergency crude oil is stored in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in salt caverns. Created deep within the massive salt deposits that underlie most of the Texas and Louisiana coastline, the caverns offer the best security and are the most affordable means of storage, costing up to 10 times less than aboveground tanks and 20 times less than hard rock mines. Strategic Reserve oil can be distributed through interstate pipelines to nearly half of the Nation's oil refineries or loaded into ships or barges for transport to other refineries.
CNN) -- Louisiana
officials are investigating whether
salt cavern may be responsible for a large sinkhole
that has swallowed 100-foot-tall cypress trees and prompted
evacuations in a southern
The state's Department of Natural Resources ordered Texas Brine
Company, which mines
the cavern, to drill a well into
the cavern to see whether
the dark gray slurry-filled hole nearby.
Measurements taken Monday showed the sinkhole measures 324 feet in diameter and is 50 feet deep, but in one corner it goes down 422 feet, said John Boudreaux, director of the Office of Homeland Security in Assumption Parish, about 30 miles south of Baton Rouge.
Assumption Parish Police said Thursday the sinkhole has since grown another 10 to 20 feet.
The sinkhole appeared August 3, more than two months after local
residents started noticing bubbles in
The bubbles grew in number and frequency, and in some spots
the bayou look like a boiling crawfish
pot, said Dennis
Landry, who owns guest cabins about half a mile from
Police ordered the evacuation of all residents from the area, though Landry said it's not a forced evacuation so he and his wife have decided to stay.
"When you have a
beautiful home like I have on
the bayou and have a little business
that I run in
the home, it would be very difficult to leave this
behind," he told CNN. "We kind of feel
that if something drastic were to happen, we could jump in a car
and get out of here."
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Thursday he
is now concerned
is close to a well containing 1.5 million barrels of liquid
butane, a highly volatile liquid
that turns into a highly flammable vapor upon release. A breach
that well, he said, could be catastrophic.
is part of
that sits under
Salt domes are large, ancient formations of
that are used for
the commercial mining of petroleum,
salt and sulphur, according to
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Texas Brine says
salt domes to produce brine, a
salt-filled water used for
the manufacture of chlorine and caustic soda, which in turn are
used in products ranging from paper and plastics to pharmaceuticals.
Salt domes can be as deep as 10,000 feet and are mostly
the Gulf of Mexico and in Texas and Louisiana,
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
has more than 100 identified
salt domes, according to
the state's Department of Natural Resources.
is investigating whether
a breach in its
salt cavern might have caused
the sinkhole 100 yards away, company spokesman Sonny Cranch said
The company conducted ground imaging of the dome and well Thursday and plans to do satellite imaging soon, Cranch said.
Landry said his
business, Cajun Cabins of Bayou Corne, has stalled ever since
found out about
is in jeopardy," he said.
He said he
suspects a cavern collapse
is to blame, and he said
there's a fear in
that a further
collapse could enlarge
the sinkhole and endanger a wider area.
Local emergency planning officials are keeping residents updated through online blog posts and community meetings, he said. They've had three so far.
the sheriff say
the Department of Natural Resources "knew for months"
the Texas Brine well had integrity problems but didn't tell local
"DNR failed to
report to anybody
cavern could be
the source of
the bubbles," Landry said.
"I'm very upset
about it. A lot of local residents are upset about it," he said. "I feel
like I've been betrayed by
Department of Natural Resources."
the sheriff, "DNR has lost all credibility with me."
Landowners near the sinkhole filed a lawsuit this week against the DNR and Texas Brine, claiming the drinking water has now been contaminated by a problem both the department and company allegedly knew about.
trying to make this
something to deal with one well. It's not just one well, it's
the whole system of Grand Bayou.
They just ignored it," said John Carmouche, a partner with
Talbot, Carmouche, and Marcello in Baton Rouge who represents
A representative for DNR
could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.
Landry flew over
day and said diesel and other
chemicals are floating on top of
the sludge. Some of
the tall cypress trees
that fell in are now floating on top of
the hole because of
the buoyancy of
salty water, he said.
Landry said he and
wife were taking a boat ride on
the bayou when
they first noticed
the bubbles May 30. He knew
there are three natural gas pipelines in
the area, including one about 20 feet away from
the bubbles, so he reported
the bubbles to Crosstex,
the line's Texas-based owner.
Later, he also
Products, whose Acadian Gas pipelines also go through
their lines for weeks, bringing in divers and crews to swim down
and look for leaks, but every time
they reported finding no problems, Landry said.
eliminated gas pipelines as
the source of
the bubbles, Landry said,
they began checking gas storage domes and abandoned wells in
They were still looking for
the source when
the sinkhole popped up last Friday, he said.
While Landry said
he feels somewhat safe for now, he laments what
is happening to his
"I believe in
the good book, and
they say in
that all things shall pass, and this
too shall pass, but it remains to be seen in what form it will
pass," Landry said.
CNN's Carma Hassan and Nigel Walwyn contributed to this report
HERE ARE 3 1/2 MILLION ARTICLES ABOUT THE NEW MADRID AREA
IF THIS HAPPENS IN OUR LIFETIME, IT WILL SPLIT OUR COUNTRY IN HALF
IT WILL BE A NATION WIDE DISASTER
Sinkhole collapses can range in size and severity. Sinkholes can vary from a
few feet to hundreds of acres and from less than one to more than 100 feet deep.
Sinkholes can have dramatic effects, especially in urban settings. They can
contaminate water resources and have been seen to swallow up swimming pools,
parts of roadways, and even buildings.
Is There a Sinkhole on Your Property?
This is a difficult question, and unfortunately there isn’t a very efficient system to determine this quite yet. It is recommended that people constantly observe their property for things such as small holes in the ground or cracks formed in a structure’s foundation. People can also check to see if they live in areas underlain by soluble rock, and they can do so by checking with county offices, local or state geological surveys, or the USGS.
Even Humans Cause Sinkholes
While sinkhole collapses are frequent in karst areas, there are a variety of other circumstances that can lead to such events. Many sinkholes form from human activity. Collapses can occur above old mines, from leaky faucets, when sewers give way, or due to groundwater pumping and construction.
The most damage from sinkholes tends to occur in Florida, Texas, Alabama,
Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. The picture to the left shows a
sinkhole that quickly opened up in Florida, apparently eating a swimming pool,
some roadway, and buildings.
What is a "Sinkhole"?
A sinkhole is an area of ground that has no natural external surface drainage--when it rains, all of the water stays inside the sinkhole and typically drains into the subsurface. Sinkholes can vary from a few feet to hundreds of acres and from less than 1 to more than 100 feet deep. Some are shaped like shallow bowls or saucers whereas others have vertical walls; some hold water and form natural ponds. Typically, sinkholes form so slowly that little change is noticeable, but they can form suddenly when a collapse occurs. Such a collapse can have a dramatic effect if it occurs in an urban setting.
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