Crews: 40 days before we know more about Bayou Corne sinkhole

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Oil and Gas on August 20, 2012.

We thought it might be a good time to check back in with the sinkhole that appeared in Assumption Parish earlier this month and let Lake Charles readers know what, if anything, has happened with regard to this unusual situation.

You may remember when a 200-by-200-foot sinkhole appeared Aug. 3 in the Bayou Corne area of Assumption Parish. Although it's a swampy area and sinkholes are not unheard of, area residents were concerned that the oil and gas industry was to blame. For several months, they had been reporting strange, diesel-like smells and reportedly were feeling small earth tremors. At the time, officials ordered the evacuation of the area because it wasn't clear it was safe for residents to remain there.

Recently, crews began drilling around the area in an attempt to learn more about the geology of the site and the stability of the earth's crust. It will take them about 40 days to collect enough samples and develop an accurate picture of what is happening geologically in the area.

So far, no government agency has made any kind of statement indicating the oil and gas industry is responsible, and as we said, this sinkhole could easily be just an unusual-but-natural phenomenon. Still, given the concerns Assumption Parish residents have about the role the oil and gas industry may have played in its appearance, we hope government authorities will at least investigate their claims.

People who feel they have been taken advantage of by the oil and gas industry often talk their situations over with attorneys to see if they have a case. If you have been thinking lately that this might be a good idea for you, too, considering spending a little time researching attorneys in your area who practice oil and gas-related law with a focus on landowners' rights. One website that might be helpful to you is our firm's site, specifically the Oil and Gas page.

Source: The Advocate, "Crews finish phase of work," Robert Stewart, Aug. 20, 2012

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