Texas Brine set to give updates on giant sinkhole - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Texas Brine set to give updates on giant sinkhole

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

Officials will address concerns at the site of the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana Tuesday evening.

Texas Brine will hold a public meeting in Assumption Parish at the Texas Brine command post at 5:30 p.m.

Residents who attend will be updated on current activities and operations at the site.

History of the Sinkhole

The sinkhole opened up in August 2012 and was roughly 1/24 of the size it is now. The sinkhole formed when an underground salt cavern collapsed.

In the past, seismic activity is reported, then the sinkhole burps up debris and then a slough-in happens. Burps occur when air and gas from deep in the sinkhole bubbles up. It can cause debris and an oily substance to float to the top. A slough-in is when the sinkhole swallows trees and land that is on the edge of the sinkhole.

Berms were placed around the sinkhole shortly after it opened up to keep the oily, debris filled water contained to the sinkhole area so it would not contaminate the area bayous.

It has more than a year since hundreds living near the giant sinkhole were forced from their homes.

Bubbles were spotted in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012. Two months later, the ground opened up and left what is now a 24-acre sinkhole. Residents were evacuated and the most affected residents began receiving weekly checks from Texas-Brine in the amount of $875 per week. Texas Brine owns the salt cavern that collapsed, causing the sinkhole.

On August 2, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced the state will be suing Texas Brine for environmental damages caused by the failed Texas Brine cavern.

Parish and Texas Brine officials agree the situation is far from over. 3D seismic surveys show the sinkhole itself it beginning to slow and stabilize, but the recovery is focused on another danger; natural gas gathering underneath a nearby aquifer.

Copyright 2014 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Texas Brine set to give updates on giant sinkholeMore>>

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Calcasieu Parish to host Section 8 landlord recruitment session

    Calcasieu Parish to host Section 8 landlord recruitment session

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 12:35 PM EDT2017-09-26 16:35:09 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Calcasieu Parish Human Services Housing Department is planning to host a Landlord Recruitment and Retention session.

    More >>

    The Calcasieu Parish Human Services Housing Department is planning to host a Landlord Recruitment and Retention session.

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Authorities working to identify man who robbed gas station casino at gunpoint

    Authorities working to identify man who robbed gas station casino at gunpoint

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 11:19 AM EDT2017-09-26 15:19:54 GMT
    Authorities are seeking public's help identifying suspect in armed robbery in Moss Bluff. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Authorities are seeking public's help identifying suspect in armed robbery in Moss Bluff. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
    A gas station casino north of Moss Bluff was robbed at gunpoint late Sunday night. Authorities say that a man entered Buddy's Casino, at 6191 U.S. 171 North, with a handgun around 11:40 p.m. Sunday. The man forced an employee into a back room and demanded money, said Cmdr. James McGee, with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. After stealing money, the suspect was seen on surveillance footage leaving the casino on foot, headed toward 171. The suspect is described as approximate...More >>
    A gas station casino north of Moss Bluff was robbed at gunpoint late Sunday night. Authorities say that a man entered Buddy's Casino, at 6191 U.S. 171 North, with a handgun around 11:40 p.m. Sunday. The man forced an employee into a back room and demanded money, said Cmdr. James McGee, with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. After stealing money, the suspect was seen on surveillance footage leaving the casino on foot, headed toward 171. The suspect is described as approximate...More >>
  • Hurricane Maria’s path of destruction

    Hurricane Maria’s path of destruction

    Hurricane Maria’s path of destruction

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-09-26 14:26:34 GMT
    Hurricane MariaHurricane Maria

    As Hurricane Maria makes its final departure away from the U.S. coastline over the next couple of days, the name will be retired but the devastation left behind will last for decades, possibly even a lifetime in some of the hardest hit areas of the Caribbean. 

    More >>

    As Hurricane Maria makes its final departure away from the U.S. coastline over the next couple of days, the name will be retired but the devastation left behind will last for decades, possibly even a lifetime in some of the hardest hit areas of the Caribbean. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly