25-foot section of pipe floats to surface of sinkhole - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

25-foot section of pipe floats to surface of sinkhole

(Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury) (Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury)
BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) -

Officials say cleanup continues at the site of the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana.

There was a short period of time that Highway 70 was closed Thursday morning while a flare was checked at Crosstex. Assumption Assumption Parish officials say the morning flare had nothing to do with the sinkhole or bayou bubbling. According to parish officials, the flaring will start back Thursday afternoon and last through the night.

Earlier this week, crews installed three vent wells around the Bayou Corne- Grand Bayou area to get a better understanding of what is causing it to get bigger. The vent wells detect the presence of gas in the ground nearby.

Assumption's Office of Emergency Preparedness director John Boudreaux says other scientific tests are finally helping them connect the dots between Texas Brine's abandoned salt dome, the sinkhole, and the bubbles that have been in the water since may.

"The sinkhole as well as the cavern itself has crude oil both in the cavern and on the surface, and those two actually match as far as isotopic analysis. It also matches the natural gases that's within the cavern as well as the natural gas that is bubbling in the waterways," said Boudreaux.

A 25′ section of pipeline (from Acadian Gas' pipeline) floated to the surface Wednesday on the edge of the pipeline right-of-way. The pipeline was emptied previously which made it become buoyant and since the sinkhole occurred there is no earthen cover to keep the pipeline submerged. The risks associated with this incident is for workers in the sinkhole – that they don't run into/over the floating pipe. Safety measures are being taken at the site to avoid the risk.

Copyright 2012 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • 25-foot section of pipe floats to surface of sinkholeMore>>

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • What's Going Around: water-borne sickness, swimmer's ear

    What's Going Around: water-borne sickness, swimmer's ear

    Thursday, June 29 2017 7:58 AM EDT2017-06-29 11:58:34 GMT
    Swimmer's ear is one of the summer-related sicknesses bringing more people in to the WCCH emergency department this week. (Source: KPLC)Swimmer's ear is one of the summer-related sicknesses bringing more people in to the WCCH emergency department this week. (Source: KPLC)

    Before you take a dip in the pool or head to the beach, listen up about What's Going Around this week.There is an uptick in water-related bugs, swimmer's ear infections and summer rashes. 

    More >>

    Before you take a dip in the pool or head to the beach, listen up about What's Going Around this week.There is an uptick in water-related bugs, swimmer's ear infections and summer rashes. 

    More >>
  • Flash flooding and traffic tie-ups snarl parts of SW Louisiana this morning

    Flash flooding and traffic tie-ups snarl parts of SW Louisiana this morning

    Flash flooding and traffic tie-ups snarl parts of SW Louisiana this morning

    Thursday, June 29 2017 7:30 AM EDT2017-06-29 11:30:20 GMT
    Flash floodingFlash flooding
    Flash flooding continues across the west-central portion of Calcasieu parish due to a stalled storm that has already dumped up to 4 to 5 inches of rain around the Sulphur area, especially on Sulphur’s west side toward Stegall and Edgerly. A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for this part of Calcasieu Parish until 8:45 AM but additional storms moving in from SE Texas after the 6:00 a.m. hour could result in some additional flash flooding across parts of Calcasieu and Cameron...More >>
    Flash flooding continues across the west-central portion of Calcasieu parish due to a stalled storm that has already dumped up to 4 to 5 inches of rain around the Sulphur area, especially on Sulphur’s west side toward Stegall and Edgerly. A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for this part of Calcasieu Parish until 8:45 AM but additional storms moving in from SE Texas after the 6:00 a.m. hour could result in some additional flash flooding across parts of Calcasieu and Cameron...More >>
  • CHRISTUS Health and the Ochsner Health announce joint venture for Lake Charles

    CHRISTUS Health and the Ochsner Health announce joint venture for Lake Charles

    Thursday, June 29 2017 6:35 AM EDT2017-06-29 10:35:02 GMT
    (Source: CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital)(Source: CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital)

    CHRISTUS Health and the Ochsner Health System today announced plans to team up to serve the Lake Charles area.

    The joint venture will have responsibility for all future health care facilities and services operated by the two health systems in the region.

    More >>

    CHRISTUS Health and the Ochsner Health System today announced plans to team up to serve the Lake Charles area.

    The joint venture will have responsibility for all future health care facilities and services operated by the two health systems in the region.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly