Flashback to Thursday, November 21, 1980. This day may seem of little importance to many. However, if you were living near New Iberia, Louisiana, you
will probably never be able to forget the strange series of events that took place on this date.
Initially, this day started out just like any other day (all strange stories seem to begin this way). The sun was just about to rise on Lake
Peigneur. Located on this 1,300 acre lake, which was just eleven feet deep, was Jefferson Island, home to beautiful Live Oak Gardens. Contrasting
with this natural beauty were many oil and gas rigs they dotted the
Here we find the Wilson Brothers Corporation, which had been hired by Texaco, drilling a test hole at Well No. 20. The first 1,227 feet of drilling
seemed to go very smoothly. But something started to go haywire at 1,228 feet.
This is footage of the actual event. Mind Boggling to say the least.
Despite the enormous destruction of property, no human life was lost in this disaster, nor were there any serious injuries. Within two days, what had
previously been an eleven-foot-deep freshwater body was replaced with a 1,300-foot-deep saltwater lake. The lake's biology was changed drastically,
and it became home to many species of plants and fish which had not been there previously.
Of course numerous lawsuits were filed, and they were subsequently settled out-of-court for many millions of dollars. The owners of the Crystal
Diamond salt mine received a combined $45 million in damages from Texaco and the oil drilling company, and got out of the salt mining business for
No official blame for the miscalculation was ever decided, because all of the evidence was sucked down the drain, but the story described here is the
generally accepted theory of what caused this massive disaster.
The moral of this story? The next time that you need a well drilled, make sure someone has checked to see what you are drilling into!
I know I wouldn't hire that guy again. Even though this happened back in the 80', yesterday was the first time I heard of this. If I was in the area
at the time I would have thought some Biblical stuff was going down. I am not one for organized religion, but this might have converted me.
Imagine if this really wasn't a drilling accident, what if it was a black hole that formed on Earth.
I've seen that Documentary before, and it is really amazing how it happened. I would really think that they would have seen the mine shaft area, I
don't know about salt mines, but Coal mines are fairly obvious in a flat area.
Amazing how quick it dissolved the salt though, a bit faster than I would have expected.
Was the program called "Engineering Disasters"? I think that was the one.
With my slow dial up it took me nearly an hour to download the video, but it was definately well worth the time spent. I had never heard of this
disaster, and the footage was amazing. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention, and adding to my education.
I stumbled across the History Channel's coverage of the Lake Peigneur on You Tube today. I was born and raised in the South, but I missed this event
completely! Wow... scary what devastation we can cause.
Thanks for getting this out. I probably wouldn't believe this story if someone were to have told me this happened. I cannot imagine what was going
through their minds seeing something like this happen. I would have been in awe at seeing those barges going down,but to see them pop back up must
have been insane.
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