Mystery bubbles in the bayou

POSTED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 9:10pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 10:06am

There's a bubbling brew coming up from the bayou. Denis Landry first spotted the bubbles on Bayou Corne in Assumption Parish back on May 30th, when he reported it to officials.

"My wife and I took a boat ride down Bayou Corne and noticed more bubbling than usual," said Landry.

Residents said the bubbles grew larger and became more frequent, some even report that they've felt their homes shake from the activity.

"My mobile home is shaking a lot," said Wallace Cavalier. "All time of day and night, it wakes me up and it scares me."

Fear of the unknown brought dozens of residents out Thursday, wanting answers from the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. They know what is bubbling up, but that's about it.

"We know it's natural gas," said John Boudreaux, with Assumption Parish OHSEP. "But we don't know what the source is."

From Bayou Corne, on up to Grand Bayou, the natural gas bubbles are causing concern and nervousness amongst those who live nearby, who fear an explosion as the worst case scenario.

"We still don't have answers," said Landry. "I understand it takes time to get answers."

Officials said they're at the monitoring and investigation stage, testing the substance twice a day, in hopes of avoiding that worst case scenario.

"Monitoring water to make sure we don't get to level of explosion," said Boudreaux. "So we monitoring to make sure that doesn't happen."

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