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Earlier in the morning, Sheriff Gary Sexton said there was a "possibility that a meteor did hit the ground" in the area, but deputies had not pinpointed an exact location.
Since oil and water do not mix, the brine is a means of pushing crude oil to the top of the cavern, where it can then be collected and shipped away for reuse or disposal, state and parish officials said. “Every barrel (of crude) taken out is a barrel (of brine) going in,” said John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
It is not clear is whether any more oil and gas from the formations outside the dome might continue to enter the cavern once the crude oil is removed by Texas Brine. Courreges said part of the removal plan involves investigating whether the oil and gas that had moved into the cavern and toward the surface when the cavern failed was a one-time event. “That is part of what they are trying to figure out,” he said.