Gas bubbles present in the Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou areas

Gas bubbles present in the Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou areas

POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 4:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 4:19pm

Bubbling continues to be monitored in the waterways in the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou areas. Still there has been no confirmed source of the gas. Investigations are still continuing. The regulatory agencies, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as well as Office of Conservation, are still investigating this matter. Preliminary information from DNR suggests that the nearest salt cavern owned by Chevron is not the source of the bubbling. Parish officials are still urging State Regulatory Agencies to continue their investigations until the source is determined. Daily readings continue to show no explosive risks to the community and boaters. Louisiana State Police is being advised of all daily readings. Parish officials have made the following requests in writing:

• The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has been requested to provide assistance with portable monitors to evaluate seismic activity in the area. The monitors should arrive Thursday afternoon. USGS will start setting up the monitors immediately upon arrival and soon thereafter, start conducting interviews with local residents that have experienced tremors.

• The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has also been requested to provide community monitoring as well as bringing their mobile lab to test gas bubbling sites. They have also been asked to pull samples and test natural gas companies involved.

• The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been requested to provide geological expertise to assist USGS in determining what the source of the natural gas bubbling is.

A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Sportsman’s Landing. USGS, DNR, DEQ, State Police and the Office of Public Health have all been asked to attend the meeting to answer any questions that the community may have.

If anyone has information on bubbling locations or about a potential origin of the gas, please contact the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (985) 369-7386.

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