Originally posted by NucEm
I was interested in a few accounts here that mentioned the smell of/presence of hydrocarbons in the sink hole. With that in mind I thought this
article I found in another publication might be relevant now or will be in the near future. It references the BP Horizon blow out and the newly found
problems with the dispersed oil in that it can, and is in some ways already migrating into the ground water in Louisana. I wonder if it might be
possible for it to flow within the aquafier to the sink hole? Experts please?
Also an article in the (London) daily Mail (don't have the link)
Please excuse the errors in posting...new at this.
I doubt that the B P oil well is a threat to the sinkhole. But it is definitely a threat to the environment, aquifer, and health of southern Louisiana
residents. Each presents it's own unique dangers.
B P Deepwater Horizon -
There are indications that the high pressure oil is still infusing into the sea bed and is causing a bulge as far as a
25 mile radius from the well. There are also reports that B P Deepwater Horizon oil is now leaking from the sea bed, along with large quantities of
methane, in the entire 25 mile area around the well and possibly much more. There are several dangers from all of that. First is the ongoing
contamination of the Gulf waters. Then there is the danger of some kind of eruption from the bulging sea bed area that could be caused by methane,
oil, or as some claim is possible, a tar volcano. Then there is the infusion of the aquifers in the path of the infused oil and methane. Not to
mention all the oil and dispersant washing up on the beaches.
Bayou Corne Sinkhole -
There are also multiple threats from the sinkhole. First is the possibility of continuing erosion of the collapsed
cavern until there is a complete failure of the original cavern and possibly some of the nearby ones as well. If that happens there is no telling how
far it will go. Second is the H2S poisonous gas that no one seems to know if it is completely contained yet. Third is the danger of a methane
accumulation and explosion in any or all of the more than a dozen bubbling areas.Then there is the liquid butane that is not completely removed from
the cavern about 1300 to 1500 feet from the sinkhole. Some reports claim that even though they are pumping it out they may not have it all out for
several months. Another threat to the health of the residents is the hydrocarbon fumes in the air from leaking crude oil and diesel fuel among other
So, as you can see, there is no need for the B P well and the sinkhole to "hook up" for there to be the possibility of one or more major disasters.