On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Litigation on March 27, 2014.
A sinkhole in Louisiana is said to have grown 24 times in size since August 2012. According to officials, this sinkhole has in the past week swallowed up six additional trees. This apparently occurred after what the Assumption Parish Police Jury stated was a burp and slough-in. The sinkhole is now 29 acres in size.
The sinkhole apparently came into being after an underground salt cavern collapsed. The cavern was owned by Texas Brine. Hundreds of individuals living near the sinkhole have since been forced out of their home and a number of residents have received $875 weekly checks from Texas Brine Company.
Slough-ins are said to have occurred when seismic activity occurs and a sinkhole burps up debris. Gas from deep in the sinkhole can cause these burps. A slough-in is described as the swallowing up of land and trees along the edge of the sinkhole. Efforts have been made to keep oily and debris-filled water from contaminating the bayous in the area.
An announcement has been made that the State of Louisiana will be bringing suit against Texas Brine for the damage that came about due to the failed cavern. It is anticipated that the problem concerning this sinkhole is long from being over.
Land, soil and water contamination issues often come about because of short-sightedness of business concerns or the entities that should be regulating these businesses. The ultimate result in so many circumstances is an individual's land being devalued or in some cases completely lost due to environmental damage. Environmental law attorneys can hold these companies accountable for this damage. Attorneys can also investigate and prepare cases on behalf of landowners who have financially suffered.
Source: WAFB, "Sinkhole burps & swallows 6 more trees," March 27, 2014