There is talk of meteorites, flammable gas bubbling from bayous, and massive sinkholes oozing toxic chemicals. All of this is found in connection with the same aquifer that supplies most of Louisiana's drinking water.
Local officials have finally admitted that chemical and gas levels are dangerous, but do not know the origin of nor the solution to the problem. Speculation ha seven suggested that some “mysterious underground force” is responsible for pushing flammable gas where none was formerly detected.
We will watch this mystery and report as it unfolds.
The Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster “is made all the more worrisome” because of a nearby Crosstex Energy LP’s “well containing 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane, a highly volatile liquid that turns into a highly flammable vapor upon release,” CNN has reported. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said a breach of that well could be “catastrophic.”
Something unexpectedly triggered an emergency flare 40 feet high at that Crosstex well last week. An explosion at that well would be in the range of one and a half B83 thermonuclear (hydrogen) bombs, according to scientists.
“This is extremely serious,” Kim Torres, spokeswoman for the Office of Emergency Preparedness, told ABCNews.com. “The people are very aware of how serious this is.”
Aside from a plethora of oil refineries and oil and gas pipelines, Louisiana has two nuclear facilities.
Methane gas leaks are spreading throughout the south Louisiana area. Within four months, as of this week, methane bubbling sites have increased to twenty-eight, including in Pierre Part, outside the mandatory evacuation area but within hearing distance and jolts of seismic activities where foul chemical odors are nauseating and burning, as some residents there have reported.
When power flickered out a brief spell Friday night, one Pierre Part resident Alicia Heilig, 27, was too frightened to sleep.
Heilig lives near one of the latest detected bubbling sites, #16 on the parish map, and has struggled with her two children and mother being sick since the sinkhole gas incident and the smell of strong chemicals there began.