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La. 'Sinkhole' Warnings, Contingency Plan Enacted: Deadly Hydrogen Sulfide, 2nd Sinkhole, Increased Instability

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Gov. Jindal warned Monday at a meeting in Baton Rouge with officials that deadly hydrogen sulfide could be released and another sinkhole could form if Texas Brine LLC’s second failing cavern collapses and he warned about increased instability in the Napoleonville Salt Dome, also collapsing.

A Contingency Plan has been enacted after learning that the company’s second failing cavern is “less than” 200 feet from the salt dome outer wall.

The area will soon be a National Sacrifice Zone, whether or not the governor succeeds with his pressuring Texas Brine to buy out residents, as he said Monday that he is doing. 

Second failing cavern less than 200 feet from collapsing salt dome edge, Contingency Plan now in Green Status

A Contingency Plan is now in place in the “sinkhole’ disaster area after learning Texas Brine’s second failing cavern is only 200 feet from the edge of the collapsing 1-mile by 3-mile Napoleonville Salt Dome.

“The proposed contingency plan is based upon three color levels (green, yellow, and red) of potential seismic activity associated with the Oxy-Geismar No. 1 and the related action level as described below,” the Continency Plan text reads. “The response is currently in green status.” (See the full Contingency Plan below)

Gov. Bobby Jindal warned that three major public safety issues are at hand involving the collapsing salt dome, being called a “sinkhole,” that has thus far swallowed nine acres of Assumption Parish swampland and still hungers for more.

The governor warned that two major factors could impact public safety if the Oxy-Geismar No. 1 cavern were to collapse: a new sinkhole developing and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) released from the cap rock. 

The governor’s office also warned that increased instability is possible.

Seven months after the disaster overtly began, Jindal says he’ll visit the site of a 9-acre sinkhole for the first time next week.

The collapsing 1-mile by 3-mile Napoleonville Salt Dome has forced evacuation of people in 150 nearby Bayou Corne homes. 

Energy refugees displaced since early August have “strongly criticized the governor’s absence,” WAFB reports. 

“In a new hands-on approach, Jindal visited at the governor’s mansion Monday with parish leaders and area lawmakers to discuss the state’s continuing response. He also says he’s meeting Wednesday with Texas Brine officials to push for buyouts for the evacuated families.”

That “new hands-on approach” follows on the heels of celebrity human and earth rights advocate Erin Brockovich visiting the disaster area and displaced persons this weekend, urging that lawsuits are the only way for human suffering relief.

“Environmental activist celebrity Erin Brockovich drew national attention to Louisiana’s state of emergency with her weekend visit to the oil and gas industry’s salt dome collapse “sinkhole” disaster area, telling reporters an absolute risk of explosions exists, locals need to get out and they need to sue for relief.

“Brockovich and her colleague, California attorney Thomas Girardi, hired by some of the sinkhole zone residents, were in Pierre Part for a meeting Saturday to discuss relief through legal options for residents evacuated from Bayou Corne due to the historic collapsing salt dome “sinkhole.”

“There is absolutely risks and potential for explosions,” Brockovich told WBRZ TV reporters. (See: Erin Brockovich’s LA Sinkhole Salt Dome Collapse S.O.S. Draws National Attention)

New reports regarding the Monday meeting with Jindal do not mention “explosions.”

The governor is pushing Texas Brine to buy-out residents.

The area would then officially be a national sacrifice zone, as once was the freatest fear. Now, residents say they have suffered enough and want to move out and on with their lives.

Monday’s meeting with Jindal included the following officials, who had pressured to meet with him about the oil and gas-rleated disaster:

Assumption Parish President Marty Triche, Assumption Parish Police Juror Henry Dupre, Assumption Parish Emergency Operations Center Director John Boudreaux, State Senator Rick Ward, State Representative Karen St. Germain, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain of Special Operations Bruce Prejean and officials from the Department of Natural Resources, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Health and Hospitals, Department of Transportation and Development and State Police.

Contingency plan outlined

During the meeting Monday, Jindal outlined a contingency plan for Oxy-Geismar No. 1 cavern, the other cavern owned by Texas Brine, after preliminary results indicated its sidewall may be less than 200 feet from the edge of the Napoleonville salt dome, closer than indicated by previous top-of-salt maps used to define the subsurface. 

“The proximity of the cavern to the salt dome increases the risk of structural instability of the cavern walls, the governor’s office says,” reports WAFB.

Scientists say the “sinkhole,” formed after an underground salt cavern operated by Houston-based Texas Brine Co. LLC, collapsed. The company extracted brine and piped it to nearby petrochemical facilities.

Monday, the governor’s office released the following information about the Oxy-Geismar No. 1 Cavern Contingency Plan: Contingency Plan for Oxy-Geismar No. 1 Cavern

Preliminary Vertical Seismic Profiles (VSP) results indicate that the Oxy-Geismar No. 1 cavern sidewall is closer to the salt dome than indicated by previous top-of-salt maps used to define the subsurface. This means the cavern has an increased risk of collapse. 3-D seismic data is needed to confirm the exact boundary distance.

The Oxy Geismar No. 1 well is inactive and has a micro-seismic array installed into it. Along with the micro-seismic array network consisting of seven surface stations and two borehole stations, the stability of the western edge of the Napoleonville Dome, including Oxy-Geismar No. 1 is being monitored for any seismic activity. The micro-seismic array measures seismic activity on 10-second intervals.

Rock-mechanics modeling is currently being performed by Office of Conservation’s contract experts to determine if a risk of collapse exists, and if so, how that would impact the surrounding area.  Based upon observations associated with the collapse of the Oxy-Geismar No. 3 sidewall, a minimum of two to three months of prior warning would be expected before any surface instability would develop. 

The major factors that could impact public safety if the Oxy-Geismar No. 1 cavern were to collapse are the development of a new sinkhole and the release of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from the cap rock.

Oxy-Geismar No. 1 is also closer to La. 70 than Oxy-Geismar No. 3. The Department of Transportation and Development, in collaboration with DNR and GOHSEP, has developed a three part transportation plan in case the road is compromised: planned detours, a monitoring and warning system similar to rail road crossings, and potentially rerouting and rebuilding La. 70 farther north.

The proposed contingency plan is based upon three color levels (green, yellow, and red) of potential seismic activity associated with the Oxy-Geismar No. 1 and the related action level as described below. The response is currently in green status.


Seismic Activity: no confirmed micro-seismic events associated with Oxy-Geismar No. 1 Cavern stability detected. This is the current status. Action steps include:

1.      Implement monitoring system for La. 70 and prepare a La. 70 closure plan for implementation.

2.      Ongoing rock-mechanics modeling of stability of western edge of Napoleonville Salt Dome and updated to provide predictive model of short and long-term stability of the western edge of the Napoleonville Salt Dome, including the Oxy-Geismar No. 1 Cavern. Forthcoming 3D Seismic data and deep geologic core will be utilized in this process.

3.      Evaluate potential response actions to shore up structural integrity of Oxy-Geismar No. 1, if necessary.

4.      Direct Texas Brine Company to maintain wellhead pressure in Oxy-Geismar No. 1 at a level to be approved by state experts based on current conditions and operational considerations.

5.      Permitting and design work on providing alternative access in case of La. 70 closure, conducted by DOTD and its contractors.   


Seismic Activity: Initial confirmed micro-seismic events associated with Oxy 1 Cavern stability detected. Action steps include:

1.      Immediately notify Assumption Parish Officials, GOHSEP, and State Police upon confirmation that micro-seismic activity has been detected. This information means that Oxy-Geismar No. 1 shows signs of potential structural instability and that surface instability associated with Oxy-Geismar No. 1 is possible within two to three months, or as otherwise determined by rock mechanics modeling.

2.      Initiate response actions determined necessary to shore up structural integrity of Oxy-Geismar No. 1 if feasible.

3.      Operators of nearby hydrocarbon storage caverns are ordered to undertake all necessary steps to secure their caverns and flow lines, implement H2S (hydrogen sulfide) monitoring protocols, and prepare for evacuation of their sites as soon as possible. Continuous high-frequency reporting to DNR-OC of well/cavern pressures to begin for these caverns.

4.      All Napoleonville Salt Dome operators are notified of the situation and to implement H2S protocols.

5.      All other operators of infrastructure in the area are ordered to take necessary precautions.


Seismic Activity: Several hundred micro-seismic events associated with Oxy 1 Cavern stability detected during any 12-hour time period. Action steps include:

1.      Immediately notify Assumption Parish Officials, GOHSEP, and State Police that activity has been detected demonstrating that Oxy 1 Cavern shows signs of ongoing structural instability and that surface impact associated with Oxy 1 Cavern may be imminent. Evacuation will be recommended to local officials.

2.      Shut in all natural gas vent wells in the Bayou Corne area due to the potential for H2S release from cap rock in the event of a roof collapse of the Oxy 1 Cavern.  Natural gas vent wells will remain shut-in until appropriate H2S safety measures are implemented.

3.      Notify all operators in the area that structural instability of the Oxy 1 Cavern is ongoing and to take all appropriate actions to protect safety and the environment.

It has been over two months since LSU Professor Jeffrey Nunn’s public assessment of the Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster worst-case scenario: that Napoleonville Salt Dome could become an underground collapsed Mt. Everest.


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    • Mark Brander

      The high pressure methane that is bubbling up through the sinkhole and the surrounding bayous is coming from an extremely large deposit of methane hydrates beneath the Gulf of Mexico. The deposit is being melted by the high temperature and high pressure crude oil from the BP deep well disaster. For two years now the solid form of methane has been turned into high pressure methane gas that is migrating throughout the region. The volatile methane is exploding in underground cavities causing the tremors and ground movements. This disaster will escalate and take many lives.

      Read this very frightening prophecy about what is taking place.

      • Deborah Dupre

        And no mention of Jindal’s concerns about methane!

        • Mark Brander

          Yeah Deborah, they have always been careful to avoid the mention of methane. They always refer to it as natural gas. It is also very convenient to keep the focus on Texas Brine, not BP. The problem has nothing to do with Texas Brine, it is not their fault at all. The problem belongs to BP

          They do not want people to know about the huge deposit of methane hydrate that BP knew was there when they drilled the well in the first place.

          I emailed John Boudreaux last summer, he and many others know exactly what is going on. The hydrogen sulfide is not only being liberated from the methane hydrate as it is being turned into a gas, it is also also coming from the BP crude itself, which is also migrating throughout the region.

      • Deborah Dupre

        Great reasoning there. One point I don’t get is that it would take something to ignite the methane that you say is already exploding. What could be igniting it as you mention?

        • Anonymous

          Gasses can ignite when the temperture reaches their flash-point, or may also ignite from static electricity. God help us when LA explodes, it will be a hugh disaster to the whole country.

        • xdrfox

          I have read articles were it is said shifting rock plates can produce heat and or spark also, this is what is the sparks all over that we hear about, underground explosions of gas !

    • Quantum Kev

      You know Mark, that would explain of all of the “unexplainable” booms, explosions and rumblings heard throughout the country in the past year or 2, and also explain why they have been increasing in frequency. Very interesting theory.

    • Mellissa

      This is the kind of article people need to mobilize on, yet they will keep their minds empty by only thinking about aliens, ufos, demons, nibaru, the end of the world…… And here sits a disaster to such a scale it would change the area as we know it today forever, ( well not forever I am sure the earth would change in another billion years, give or take some millions maybe )

      What can anyone do tho aside from getting away and suing? Go after the people in charge of the domes. Make it newly illegal to even store dangerous chemicals, we really should not even do anything if it makes a mess like this is production or as a by product. Still it does nothing at all for those displaced and the Damage the earth is going through and will continue to endure. We can hope that this summer is not to hot as to make a fire any where near by from drought and dried planet matter, all you need is lightning, or some fool with a lighter. The gas would be moving more in heat so it is the more dangerous time for a non human spark to light it up. Nature has many ways on its own to do it and we have no control over any of that either.

      One thing I do want to add is that if it does happen to blow up, and I hope not for all the people animals and plants living near by, people will start clamoring on the internet about a false flag events or various theory’s about it will pop up all over like mushrooms. Yet those same people are ignoring it now. You would think that this is so important that there would be national coverage with daily updates about what is going on and how to deal with it.

      Imagine a hole that is the missing mass of mount Everest in the earth at this point, that is what they said could be the worst case scenario…. who would survive it at all?

      • ElOregonian

        “…. who would survive it at all?”

        oh, about 5-10% would survive. That is the whole point, the TPTB/Elitists/Cabalists expect the reduction in human population by 90-95% ergo Fukushima-HAARP-Creating Blackholes-GMO Foods-Fluoridation-Designer Vaccines-HIV-H1N1-H1N3 Viruses etc. It really gets much, much worse.

        Arm yourself with knowledge so you do not unwittingly sacrifice you and your loved ones to these incredibly evil bastards…

      • Deborah Dupre

        Melissa, I get your point completely. If only the huge UFO cohort would help solve human problems with compassion. You ask what people can do? I truly believe this evil stems from rejecting safe, humane, healthy, empowering renewable energy so we are not relying on the dirty fossil fuel industry and so we are not supporting our military that is killing and maiming for other nation’s fossil fuels (and other resources Americans somehow thing they need more than those who rightfully own them). Every time anyone sticks that nozzle into their cars, they are complicit in keeping this cruel and insane abuse that is threatening people abroad and in the US, such as people in S. Louisiana. Change is possible. Renewable energy is available today. Other nationals have insisted on it and are getting so they can be empowered with renewables. Not Americans. Sadly, this is not a desirable reflection on us. Mt. Everest inverted? Yes – but I cannot imagine it. I do think that’s where this event is heading. There is no stopping it now. I pray the good people can leave and start afresh in peace. This unjust trend, however, is happening nationally, especially with the fracking boom. Blessings to you.

        • Faiths Burden


          The way out is not Aliens
          they are not aliens, they are “Demons masquerading as demons”.

          If you want to save yourself, may I suggest “Praying”.

          And not to other “created beings”.

          Try praying to the GOD of Creation, you know that dirty little word “JESUS”

        • Faiths Burden


          The way out is not Aliens
          they are not aliens, they are “Demons masquerading as “aliens”.

          If you want to save yourself, may I suggest “Praying”.

          And not to other “created beings”.

          Try praying to the GOD of Creation, you know that dirty little word “JESUS”

    • Faiths Burden

      Do you people believe in GOD ?

      Well you will very soon,
      and I hope it will not be too late by then.

      Because if this thing blows
      I believe it will be the end of America,
      and the beginning of a nightmare
      That even Steven King or Dean R. Koontz
      could never even begin to imagine.

      • TurtleCreeWoman

        I believe your right, below the collapsing salt dome is a caldera, also all connected to the gas leaking in the gulf, also connects to the madrid fault a very large caldera, also connected to there sinkhole disaster where the barges got sucked in and drained the lake, Mississippi changed directions and made the highest water fall in LA (temporary) Yesterday I checked seismographs real time readings to see if we where getting tremors, all over the US the same pattern of high activity at the same time with various degrees of oh no. If this goes it will hurt several states and I am putting this mildly.

        • Daniel777

          For what it is worth (which I know will be considered as very little)
          I believe the New Madrid is cutting loose on 3/22..It never hurts
          to be prepared, always, rather anyone wants to believe me or not’

          When obama forces Israel to submit to the dividing of Jerusalem
          then this nation will also be split apart, & Great Tribulation Begins

      • anarchialdesire

        Why are you trying to convince people to worship God/Elohim/Aliens etc. The Gods in the bible were murdering parasites who hated that their frankenstein project called man who decided not to be subservant to these leeches. Jesus is as real as the easter Bunny toolsssssssssssss

    • zeus


    • W. Willow

      What a relief the residents can now be compensated enough to move out and on! Praying for their safety until the last photo album is out of there. God bless you all.

      Just shameful that this growing situation has been ignored until the last possible deniable moment — now Jindal conjures up some semblance of action to avoid so much bad political press. Why isn’t compassion and common sense the first call of duty for governance? Most folks are not fooled by the arrogance of power.

      But! Now the govt. has a convenient, exploitable liability.

      It’s scenario roulette with a machine gun.

      • ElOregonian

        “Why isn’t compassion and common sense the first call of duty for governance?”


        Because they have corporate paymasters who spend tons of money getting them elected and because of that, they are in perpetual servitude. Remember, they serve the highest bidder, constituents be damned.

    • Don't be hating!

      The sign should say no smoking

    • meanoldlion

      Will jindalls visit make the holes disappear?…………Is he the second redeemer?…..The oil company that wants to run out the land owners prolly toled him to go there and comfort the little peoples.

    • anyoneamongUS


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