Texas Brine makes progress on relief well plans, state and local agencies step up service near sinkhole
POSTED: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 9:34pm
ASSUMPTION PARISH,LA (NBC33) — According to the Governors Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, state agencies will begin 24 hour a day services for the area surrounding a huge sinkhole in the Bayou Corne area.
The plans were announced after the Texas Brine Company told officials they plan on initiating well-casing installation on Friday. That means people who live near the evacuation zone will start to hear some loud noise and could feel some shaking. Once the casing begins, crews will continue to work 24 hours a day until the top of the salt cavern is reached.
GOSHEP officials released the following in a statement:
"The Department of Natural Resources continues to review files and reports from all hydrocarbon storage and brine cavern wells and associated caverns for Napoleonville Salt Dome and the daily activity and planned activity reports that Napoleonville Salt Dome cavern operators, which are being provided in accordance with DNR’s emergency order from August 3.
The Department of Transportation continues its monitoring of the roads in the area and, at this time, has no concerns related to the integrity of its state roads, specifically LA-70 in Assumption parish."
Clean up around the sinkhole site is still on hold, according to Texas Brine. The company will be re-evaluating when to return to clean up early next week; this comes after two workers had to be rescued from hole yesterday.