Let’s Hope Bayou Corne Doesn’t Turn into this “Gateway to H*ll”

Pipeline drilling accident burns for 45 years in Turkmenistan (!)

Stalled pipeline now a matter of urgency for Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan sinkhole

Photo: AFP / Igor Sasin

A picture taken on May 3, 2014, shows people visiting “The Gateway to Hell,” a huge burning gas crater in the heart of Turkmenistan’s Karakum desert. The fiery pit was the result of a simple miscalculation by Soviet scientists in 1971 after their boring equipment suddenly drilled through into an underground cavern and a deep sinkhole formed. Fearing that the crater would emit poisonous gases, the scientists took the decision to set it alight, thinking that the gas would burn out quickly. More than 45 years later, the flames are still burning, which gives some indication of Turkmenistan’s vast gas reserves.

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16 thoughts on “Let’s Hope Bayou Corne Doesn’t Turn into this “Gateway to H*ll”

  1. I was looking for Hawkins County, Tennessee for a rock slide on highway 70
    Highway 70 N is now closed between Cave Springs Road and Clinch Valley Road.
    http://www.therogersvillereview.com/news/article_f42f340a-3836-11e7-88ab-cb237c21e2f5.html

    Rockslide shuts down Highway 70 N near Cave Springs, may be closed for weeks
    http://www.wcyb.com/news/tennessee/hawkins-county/happening-now-rockslide-causes-road-closure-in-hawkins-county/496797055

    But all the Colorado rockslides were coming up on the search I was doing and the I-70 Rockslide in Colorado
    I don’t see a date on this
    https://www.codot.gov/news/documents/GlenwoodRockSlideMar11-2.jpg/view

    Most of them for highway 70 were in 2016
    http://www.9news.com/news/another-rockslide-closes-i-70-in-glenwood-canyon/44363879

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