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Assumption Parish
9:58 am
Thu August 22, 2013

VIDEO: Assumption Parish Sinkhole Swallows Trees

A screenshot of the video capturing more trees being swallowed by the Assumption Parish sinkhole.
John Boudreaux Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

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.

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:

Environment
3:20 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

The Abnormally Normal Science Of Sinkholes

In the spring of 1981, a woman's house and part of a car dealership were swallowed by a sinkhole in Winter Park, Fla.
AP

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 1:58 pm

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.

Researchers say that minor sinkholes occur all the time around the world without much notice.

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Assumption Parish Sinkhole
3:29 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Jindal Addresses Bayou Corne's Sinkhole Problem

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 3:31 pm

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.

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.

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Assumption Parish Sinkhole
8:02 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Brockovich Takes On Sinkhole Case

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich.
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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.

The Advocate reports that Brockovich told Bayou Corne residents at a meeting in Pierre Part that legal action is their only chance of relief.

About 350 people have been evacuated since early August, when the sinkhole appeared. It has kept growing since then.

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Sinkhole
5:19 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Legislature to Consider Bayou Corne Buy Out, Saltdome Regulation

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 5:35 pm

It’s been 200 days since a sinkhole forced residents of Bayou Corne to evacuate their homes. 

Homeowners are fed up. Some testified at a Joint Committee meeting Tuesday at the Capitol. Some are calling for Texas Brine – the company responsible for the failed salt-mining cavern that allegedly caused the sinkhole – to buy out their properties.
 

State lawmakers have an eye on legislation aiming to amend constituents' problems and assure Louisianians won't meet the same situation in the future.

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Latest News
3:58 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Texas Brine, State Agree on Plan to Assess Sinkhole

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.

Sinkhole
8:00 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Texas Brine Sues to Block State Order for Wells

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.

The Advocate reports that Texas Brine Co. LLC also challenges Commissioner James Welsh's declaration of an emergency, which let him order the steps without a hearing.

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Assumption Parish Sinkhole
3:55 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Sinkhole Prompts Study for Alternative Road

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.

The Advocate says the study is the initial step the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development takes to consider a proposed highway.

DOTD spokesman Dustin Annison says the study will determine if "the route could be built in the affected area in the event that Louisiana 70 is compromised."

Assumption Parish Sinkhole
1:20 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

La. Levies More Fines Against Texas Brine

The Louisiana Office of Conservation has levied an additional $160,000 fine against Texas Brine Co. LLC.

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.

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Bayou Corne Sinkhole
3:03 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Texas Brine blames tremors for cavern failure

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.

Texas Brine Co. spokesman Sonny Cranch said Tuesday a tool used to measure the depth of the cavern bottomed out 1,300 feet higher than anticipated. Cranch said the presence of this material indicates the cavern failed.

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