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The state has ordered new steps to minimize risk of exposure to natural gas under property where a large sinkhole formed in August in Assumption Parish. (Associated Press)<br>

The state has ordered new steps to minimize risk of exposure to natural gas under property where a large sinkhole formed in August in Assumption Parish. (Associated Press)

Steps ordered to hold down risk at Bayou Corne

Last Modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:13 AM

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The state has ordered new steps to minimize risk of exposure to natural gas under property where a large sinkhole formed in August in Assumption Parish.

The Louisiana Office of Conservation on Monday issued the new round of directives to Texas Brine Co. LLC, which had operations at an underground salt cavern, where it extracted brine for nearby petrochemical facilities.

The state says data shows the sinkhole is linked to the collapse of a side wall in the cavern.

Texas Brine has been ordered to install a network of observation wells and pressure monitoring wells in the area. Conservation Commissioner James Welsh also ordered Texas Brine to install in-home methane detectors and upgrade ventilation systems for slab-foundation homes and buildings in the area where underground gas has accumulated.

"The steps outlined in this directive will give us an added layer of protection in ensuring public safety and move the response effort closer to bringing the lives of the residents of the Bayou Corne area back to normal," Welsh said in a news release. About 350 area residents are under an evacuation order.

Welsh said the additional requirements are based on analysis by the Office of Conservation and consultants with Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure of conditions where natural gas pressure has been detected. Welsh said that monitoring of slab-based structures in the area has shown no accumulation of natural gas in homes.

Posted By: Pamela J Cordeiro On: 11/14/2012

Title: NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO WRITE MORE HAPPY WHORESHIT RULES AND PROCECURES

they still don't know, that those peoples lives are in danger? have they given the residents there every single thing that they have already needed thus far ?....NOPE !!!... So tell me, wtf, is pushing MORE paper really doing? oh wait ! i know this one ! its their excuse for staying far away from the site..safely out of "harms way" (for themselves) ! Thats their s.o.p isn't it? so they have an "excuse" for covering up their crimes against humainty- because they have no humanity. and fYI >that is a crime !. isnt that why fema evicted the patients from that hospital and into a hot zone ! Clearly it's because actually heling people in crisis is just not fema's concern at all now is it????? FEMA needed to have a warm, cozy place to sit on their lazy fat asses and hide. It was too "dangerous" for them to go into an "unsecured area"..... and now their telling vollunteers to stop ??? "Occupy sandy" and all the other vollunteers are actually HELPING people . FEMA is useless and evil ! So lets here it, what's your excuse?

that is a crime !. isnt that why fema evicted the patients from that hospital and into a hot zone ! Clearly it's because actually heling people in crisis is just not fema's concern at all now is it????? FEMA needed to have a warm, cozy place to sit on their lazy fat asses and hide. It was too "dangerous" for them to go into an "unsecured area"..... and now their telling vollunteers to stop ??? "Occupy sandy" and all the other vollunteers are actually HELPING people . FEMA is useless and evil ! So lets here it, what's your excuse?" />

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