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Louisiana Sinkhole is BIG & getting bigger. Interesting details - Lots of Links

Hey all you members of the OT's elite Department of Science and Engineering, Research and Investigation Division - There's a major, unique environmental anomaly in progress in Louisiana. I expect to learn more here than I do watching the national news. I saw the thread about the boat getting swallowed, but I doubt that discussion would've shed any light on stuff like this...

Image: http://www.rumormillnews.com/pix3/sinkhole_map.png


Are massive sinkholes something we should be able to see coming in advance?

It seems the "bubbling" is considered harmless and has been thoroughly studied and, if they are known to be an indicator of something, they are monitored accordingly.

Apparently there were tremors, which are high on the list of "Potentially Massive Sinkhole Warning Signs", happening for about 3 months before this thing started sucking down trees. Now it's big and getting bigger (and deeper).

From the story on CNN.com on August 10, 2012...
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Measurements taken early this week showed the hole measured 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. The hole, which has swallowed 100-foot-tall cypress trees, 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 water. The bubbles grew in number and frequency, and in some spots they made the bayou look like a boiling crawfish pot, said Dennis Landry, who owns guest cabins about half a mile from the hole.

It still hasn't been determined what the catalyst was or if any business/industry played a part in it's formation. That investigation is secondary to assessing its current state and figuring out how to keep it from getting any bigger.

Image: http://cdn.malaysiandigest.com/images/images/Mysterious_Sinkhole.jpg


As meauxjeaux2 mentioned in the other thread when pointing out the boom in this image - There are factors in play that are way beyond a salt dome collapse.

From the story on CNN.com yesterday (August 17) following the Boat Workers' Rescue...
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The situation is all the more worrisome because the hole is believed to be close to a well containing 1.5 million barrels of butane, a volatile liquid that turns into a flammable vapor upon release.


How close is close? Try 1500 feet. Yikes.

And then there's this:

I'll admit I don't have the specific knowledge to determine if the guy interviewed in this article is credible or if the reporter was blowing things out of proportion or not, but it's a good read.: Louisiana sinkhole local sheds light inside mystery disaster area

There are many types of industrial caverns that are approved for disposal of hazardous materials once they are no longer in use. Apparently Texas Brine was one of them At least one resident near the sinkhole will be sharing his backyard with a decontamination unit while waiting for the results of radioactivity testing.

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“I know in 1995, they had permission to pump radioactive material into Texas Brine’s cavern. Yeah, it’s radioactive, but if handled and disposed correctly, it’s not so bad. I guess it’s better done there than anywhere else.

‘Twenty cubic feet was pumped in there,’ is what we were told. It was dropped down 3800 feet. Maybe it seemed a good safe place to put it then, but I don’t know now.”


I want the scoop on this thing.




ETA:

More backstory: History of Gov't. Documented Industrial Activity and a Recent Study of Seismic Activity
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PenguinNinja
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We're all dead.


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You must be drinking some damn good coffee this morning.


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re: Louisiana Sinkhole is BIG & getting bigger. Interesting details - Lots of Links
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You must be drinking some damn good coffee this morning.


I was amazingly impressed at how detailed the post was considering the time. I'm going through a period of insomnia now so I'm ready to go back to sleep. No way I could pull this off at this time of night.


BROffshoreTigerFan
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Very good reading to go along with coffee an bong rips.


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Spunky Monkey not on that map = not worried.


yurintroubl
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You must be drinking some damn good coffee this morning.

You would think, right?

I'm a bartender so my sleep cycle is flipped to begin with. It also makes my insomnia better than most.

FWIW - I started this post yesterday and realized it was going to be a long one so I typed it in on Notepad first so I could pay attention to other things without jacking it up.

I'm actually about to attempt horizontal right now.


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LSURoss
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The parish has a blog set up with all the latest info.

Assumption Parish Police Jury


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lsucoonass
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agreed!


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brbengalgal
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This is absolutely fascinating---scary but fascinating!

Great post--thanks for the info. There were many facts that I hadn't heard before.


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Still blows my mind why you folks want to live below sea level


KT70
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re: Louisiana Sinkhole is BIG & getting bigger. Interesting details - Lots of Links
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Still blows my mind why you folks want to live below sea level


Actually Bayou Corne is above sea level! Also, what does living below sea level have anything to do with a sinkhole from a salt dome?

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Pectus
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re: Louisiana Sinkhole is BIG & getting bigger. Interesting details - Lots of Links
There was a guy on youtube saying we'd have an explosion like 10 Hiroshima's if that butane is breeched.

Here's the deal, this stuff happens all the time. A salt dome is collapsing because it cannot support the ground that is over it.

These things aren't contained to just one area either, it's like a cave system. There's lots of little passage ways here and there that lead for a few km. No wonder you see gas bubbles in distal areas, because it's all connected. The bubble are only visible because it's water out there, and its' rather stagnant water. The bubbles are coming from groundwater, which means that there's air in the main system, which is why there was a collapse.

ETA requesting a sticky after I read your whole post.
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LSURoss
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There's been multiple threads about this issue on this board and the OB.


Sir Drinksalot
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Plants used to bury shite all the time. There are a few mercury pools under the ground close to exxon that I know about-and I'm only related to a lowly plant worker. Imagine what else is out there, buried so close to those big chemical plants.


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There was a guy on youtube saying we'd have an explosion like 10 Hiroshima's if that butane is breeched.


I live 1k+ miles away and I know it's not right to think this. But if that happen's, I'll be all .


yurintroubl
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re: Louisiana Sinkhole is BIG & getting bigger. Interesting details - Lots of Links
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There's been multiple threads about this issue on this board...

I only found the one that I linked in my OP.
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...and the OB.

Sorry. I didn't even consider looking there. So let me get this straight for for future reference - Outdoor Board for sinkholes... but not Hurricanes or Mars Rover. Got it.


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LSURoss

Thank you for the blog link.


LSURoss
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No prob


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BRgetthenet
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So let me get this straight for for future reference - Outdoor Board for sinkholes... but not Hurricanes or Mars Rover. Got it.


OB for Hurricane survival aftermath preparation, and Mars Rover retaliation invasion scenarios.


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LSU Tigershark
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This whole thing is fascinating to me


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