Officials say diesel found in liquefied swampland

Aug 7, 2012

State officials say preliminary slurry water samples pulled from the acre of swampland that liquefied into muck over the weekend indicate the presence of small amounts of diesel hydrocarbons.

The pond of muck, located in Assumption Parish, first appeared Friday night and grew quickly, bending a 36-inch natural gas pipeline buried 16 feet in the ground as the muck expanded. About 150 homes and several businesses were ordered to evacuate after Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency for the parish when the slurry area appeared to be expanding.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says it has not determined where diesel may be coming from. They plan to take more tests.

Meanwhile parish officials say the size of the slurry hole has not changed since Sunday.