Army General (Ret.): Giant Louisiana sinkhole is “unprecedented environmental disaster” — Concern about failure of another cavern nearby — Butane still being added to salt dome
August 1st, 2013
Title: Honore: Focus on Bayou Corne sinkhole, environment, not just business tax breaks
Source: Bayou Buzz
Date: July 31, 2013
Russel L. Honoré, retired Lieutenant General [...] best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast (Wikipedia)
On August 3, 2013 the community of Bayou Corne located near the Napoleonville Salt Dome will be observing the Commemoration of the day they were forced out of their homes due to the negligence and apathy of the company, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and the public officials who have not loudly voiced an end to the devastation of our beautiful state. [...]
Today the sinkhole has grown to 22 acres, at least 700 feet deep, failure of another cavern nearby as well as the risk of Hwy. 70.
Bayou Corne, Assumption Parish, sinkhole is an unprecedented environmental disaster. Geologists say they have never dealt with anything quite like it before, but the sinkhole has made few headlines beyond the local media.
Over 50 storage caverns in that area. One storage facility is still adding butane to their cavern. 19,284 barrels of butane from July 15 to July 22, 2013.
[...] Department of Transportation and Development plan to provide broader observation, greater accuracy for monitoring La. 70 and La. 69. Immediate need for the implementation to increase the reliability of the information needed to ensure public’s safety. [...]