Company: 3-D data show sinkhole subsurface stable

LAFAYETTE (AP) — A Texas Brine Co. spokesman says a seismic survey indicates a stable subsurface below the 13-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

Sonny Cranch told The Advocate in an email that officials hope residents will be able to return safely to homes evacuated in after the sinkhole started in early August. About 350 people in the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities are affected.

Company scientists say the new data from the 3-D survey also indicate that natural gas that bubbled up under the two communities came from one source that is now essentially empty.

The new data was turned over to the state Sunday night. Company officials described it Monday during an industry conference in Lafayette. The conference was winding up Wednesday.