sinkhole http://wwno.org en VIDEO: Assumption Parish Sinkhole Swallows Trees http://wwno.org/post/video-assumption-parish-sinkhole-swallows-trees <p>The Assumption Parish sinkhole, a massive opening in the earth that is believed to be the result of a collapsed salt dome used by petrochemical services company Texas Brine, underwent a sudden growth spurt around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.</p><p>Parish officials were on hand to witness a process called a "slough-in," where the edge of the sinkhole collapses into the hole. Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness director John Boudreaux took this video:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhesBaRCME&amp;feature=share&amp;list=UURi6D8S8okOdYsJ-39YOvJw</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:58:46 +0000 Jason Saul 42304 at http://wwno.org The Abnormally Normal Science Of Sinkholes http://wwno.org/post/abnormally-normal-science-sinkholes When a Florida man vanished into a massive sinkhole that opened underneath his bedroom in February, the case garnered national attention. Every so often, tragedies like this put sinkholes in the spotlight.<p>Researchers say that minor sinkholes occur all the time around the world without much notice.<p>Lewis Land, a hydrologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, is one of the organizers of the 13th <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/sinkholeconference2013/">Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst</a>. Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:20:12 +0000 editor 31834 at http://wwno.org Jindal Addresses Bayou Corne's Sinkhole Problem http://wwno.org/post/jindal-addresses-bayou-corne-aftermath Gov. Bobby Jindal and other state and local officials met with Texas Brine representatives on March 13. The company responsible for a giant sinkhole in Assumption Parish is sending appraisers to some evacuated homes in Bayou Corne on Monday.<p>The Governor said company officials will also meet with the State Attorney General’s office on Monday. He said Texas Brine owes state and local governments 4 million dollars, combined, for costs incurred dealing with the disaster.<p>Jindal has been criticized for a seeming lack of attention to residents’ plight. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:29:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 31259 at http://wwno.org Brockovich Takes On Sinkhole Case http://wwno.org/post/brockovich-takes-sinkhole-case <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Environmental activist Erin Brockovich says Assumption Parish residents whose homes are threatened by a huge sinkhole should sue the owners of a failed salt dome cavern believed to have caused the sinkhole.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:02:16 +0000 The Associated Press 30945 at http://wwno.org Legislature to Consider Bayou Corne Buy Out, Saltdome Regulation http://wwno.org/post/lege-consider-bayou-corne-buy-out-saltdome-regulation <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201302/IMG_0560.JPG" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been 200 days since a sinkhole forced residents of Bayou </span>Corne<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to evacuate their homes.&#160;</span><div>Homeowners are fed up. Some testified at a Joint Committee meeting Tuesday at the Capitol. Some are calling for Texas Brine<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;–</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;the company responsible for the failed salt-mining cavern that </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">allegedly</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> caused the sinkhole</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;–&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to buy out their properties.</span></div><div>&#160;</div><div><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/02/021913_Sinkhole_Meeting1_KCWrap.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers have an eye on legislation aiming to amend constituents' problems and assure </span>Louisianians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> won't meet the same situation in the future.</span></div><div> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 23:19:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 29582 at http://wwno.org Texas Brine, State Agree on Plan to Assess Sinkhole http://wwno.org/post/texas-brine-state-agree-plan-assess-sinkhole <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Louisiana Office of Conservation has modified orders requiring Texas Brine Co. LLC to assess the status of sediments under an 8.5-acre sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish, prompting the company to withdraw a lawsuit filed last month against the state.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:58:49 +0000 The Associated Press 27088 at http://wwno.org Texas Brine Sues to Block State Order for Wells http://wwno.org/post/texas-brine-sues-block-state-order-wells <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A Houston-based company has asked a state court in Baton Rouge to permanently block the Louisiana conservation commissioner's order for new exploratory wells and other steps meant to monitor the effects of a huge sinkhole in Assumption Parish.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 02:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 26390 at http://wwno.org Sinkhole Prompts Study for Alternative Road http://wwno.org/post/sinkhole-prompts-study-alternative-road <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">State highway officials say they'll start a six-month study early next year into the feasibility of an alternative route around an eight-acre sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:55:00 +0000 The Associated Press 25176 at http://wwno.org La. Levies More Fines Against Texas Brine http://wwno.org/post/la-levies-more-fines-against-texas-brine <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Louisiana Office of Conservation has levied an additional $160,000 fine against Texas Brine Co. LLC.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Commissioner James Welsh says the fine levied Monday is for continued failure to comply with his directives for an 8-acre sinkhole and oil and methane releases in northern Assumption Parish.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:20:11 +0000 The Associated Press 25305 at http://wwno.org Texas Brine blames tremors for cavern failure http://wwno.org/post/texas-brine-blames-tremors-cavern-failure <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Officials say tremors recorded in Assumption Parish since late May could be why a brine cavern encased within the Napoleonville salt dome failed and caused a massive sinkhole.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:03:40 +0000 The Associated Press 20745 at http://wwno.org