This is an unprecedented event, and no one knew this could ever happen.”

That is the catch-phrase that has been mouthed by Louisiana State Office of Conservation, and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

Dr. Gary Hecox of Shaw, (CB&I now), first stated this, and it has made the rounds of Texas Brine’s Sonny Cranch, Patrick Couregges, all the way down to John Beaudreaux with Assumption Parish’s Dept. of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Preparedness. Except it is a known lie.

In this short article I will attempt to show you all the evidence that puts the lies to the lips of the various speakers making this absurd claim. Although an unprecedented event, it was actually absolutely expected….


Sonny, Sonny, Sonny . . .

A lot has happened since our last  open-letter,  “Dear Sonny Cranch,” on July 7th.  Back on July 15th, the Associated Press had this: Official: Bayou Corne sinkhole at least 500 feet deep

BAYOU CORNE — An official says the deepest part of the 22-acre sinkhole near Bayou Corne is at least 500 feet deep, and not between 110 to 220 feet deep that has been estimated by Texas Brine.

John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security, tells The Advocate previous depth reports released by Texas Brine Co. may have been inaccurate because the company’s sonar did not penetrate debris fields inside the sinkhole. . . .

. . . . Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch said Sunday he is confident the company’s depth findings are correct. A Texas Brine contractor has said the sinkhole is from 110 feet to 220 feet deep, according to previous monthly depth-finding surveys. . . .

. . . . Boudreaux said he did not use a sophisticated method like sonar to measure the sinkhole. Instead, he said, he took a 10-pound crowbar with the ends cut off and attached it to a 500-foot surveyor’s tape measure, drove out to the center of the sinkhole in an amphibious vehicle and let the crowbar go, unspooling the tape measure until it could not go any further. . . .

The Parish put out this popular video on July 20th.  It shows 750′ of line unspooling without hitting bottom. When the video was released and seen by over ten thousand people you and Texas Brine had nothing to say in response.

LINK – http://youtu.be/Gfud_j756A8

The Watchers – Waves recorded at Louisiana sinkhole which is now more than 500 feet (150 meters) deep

According to the July 11 “Fact” sheet from Texas Brine your vertical seismic profiling and 3-D mapping are just great. And Texas Brine claims 

  • there’s NO chance of another sinkhole forming under Lake FUBAR
  • there are NO pockets of hydrocarbons down there
  • and NO void spaces in there


How can Texas Brine claim THAT  when they don’t even know how deep Lake FUBAR is????

Friday News – Some residents still choose danger over evacuation

Strange Sounds – Monster Sinkhole Will Sooner or Later Swallow Parts of Carlsbad in New Mexico (VIDEO)

and Fracking Responsible for Mysterious Earthquake Swarm at Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas – May 2013

Energy Companies Are Set To Benefit From Natural Gas Exports

The Louisiana state senate is meeting today call them up about Lake FUBAR! (see LEAN button art on the sidebar for contact info)

KPEL – Opelousas Senator Elbert Guillory Switching Party Affiliation

The AdvocateBubbles in bayou a year ago signaled sinkhole’s birth

Ding Dong!    [resident, Dennis] Landry, who owns cabins and a boat launch where the sinkhole response is based, said 20 of 22 homes in his neighborhood south of La. 70 South remain occupied. Residents have adapted(!!!), he said, adding that each day means more gas has been removed from underground.”      


Thursday News + Fly Over

[Arkansas news will go in previous post as will N.O. smell, chemical spill stories]

The parish posted 2 new short fly overs  (embed disallowed) –

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc9DXQw09ko
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOu7in9TKdg

screen shot –  4_5_flyover

GOHSEP has new Situation Summaries posted.

This one from 3-26 has a map (p.33)  of the new CORS monitors. CORS website has been added to the sidebar under the ‘seismic monitoring’ section.

And it says – DOTD is doing something with a projected ‘bypass road’ (p. 32).  We found a recent Hwy 70 inspection report. They do inspections for tilt or movement of the surface.

GOHSEP has a disaster plan page for different agencies. The Situation Summary said they had put up a widget for traffic re-routing but we can’t find it.

Crosstex Update (dated Mar. 30) –

WELL #1 – 25,429 barrels of BUTANE

WELL#2 – 10,018 barrels of PROPANE

They claim they are just doing ‘normal operations’. Really ???

They are actually ADDING more butane into the risky cavern while Bayou Corne is swamped by Lake FUBAR!

Crosstex update 3/27:   24,678 barrels of Butane in WELL #1

Crosstex update 3/29:   25,429 barrels of Butane in WELL #1  . . .  they ADDED 751 barrels(!)

ENE-News – Official: Methane in soil near giant sinkhole at 100% of lower explosive limit — ‘Biogenic gas’ may be getting pushed up to surface

New Madrid Fault Zone

Lo! A New Situation Summary is Out



The well pad is even worse – “Due to pad 3 instability a request for an extension of the installation time period for MRAA 03 by Texas Brine was approved by DNR on 01 MAR”

And –

“DNR elevated the status of operational activities on the sinkhole to Yellow Alert on 01 MAR due to seismic activity.”
This is Mar. 6. This summary just came out. So what the heck???  DNR: “There will be a cooperative meeting of all involved parties regarding the latest seismic reporting on 05 MAR” (p.24)
DHH skipped all testing for now. Nice.

NEW Texas Brine ‘dashboard’  is out.

DNR Has Inspection Report for Today + GOSHEP Situation Summary + New Slough In


Feb. 27 Inspection Report from DNR   . . . they have Feb. 26 also – on the main page.

AND . . .  New Situation Summary is out.

No company updates since Feb. 21(!) . . .

Lake FUBAR is bubbling in the center and trees fell in admits GOSHEP

Story in The AdvocateSinkhole activities halt work nearby

( NOTE: Original article title in the url: “tremors-detected-sinkhole-work-suspended” )

[snip] . . .  John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said about five to six trees that had been leaning over for the past week along the northeast side of the sinkhole fell in Tuesday morning and that small bubbling spots also have re-emerged in the sinkhole.

“They do have a section in the center of the sinkhole that has that bubbling,”. . .


They claim a 5 foot berm made  of dirt will hold it all back!

“The first phase of an earthen berm surrounding a 71-acre area that encompasses the sinkhole was finished Saturday, providing complete containment of the brine-filled hole. Another phase to bring the berm to a height of 5 feet above ground level is planned.” . . . .  71 acre area” may be a TYPO. It is probably 7.1  — visible in the photo. (70 acres would be 7 miles)

“Work on the sinkhole will be suspended until the subsurface activity slows again, officials said Tuesday. About 80 percent of the failed cavern is now filled, according to the latest estimate from early February.”