People in Bayou Corne have spent over two months dealing with evacuations, the smell of crude oil, and the uncertainty surrounding A sinkhole in yards away from their homes.
Texas Brine officials told the audience they have removed most of the crude oil from inside the failed cavern. They say so far the company has removed 2,600 barrels of crude oil from inside the cavern and close to 600 barrells so far from on top of the sinkhole. Clean up work around the sinkhole continues. The company plans to add 7 geoprobes around the Bayou Corne community in approximately two weeks.
Before Tuesday’s meeting, Parish emergency officials say the volume of the sinkhole doesn’t match the amount of debris inside the failed brine cavern, and scientist don’t know where the extra material came from yet.
Officials say 3d seismic survey is needed to figure out exactly what happened in the cavern, but that is not expected to happen until mid November.
Residents are worried another sinkhole or disturbance under the surface could happen while state and local officials wait for more test to come in.
“We need to move with urgency now,” said Bayou Corne resident Dennis Landry, “It’s time we get some answers on the whole situation.”
Landry says he understands testing results take time to develop but, he says the Bayou Corne community can’t wait much longer.