Gala offers special preview of sinkhole documentary

Gala offers special preview of sinkhole documentary

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - A special preview of a documentary about the giant Louisiana sinkhole will be held Thursday evening.

A gala will be held at the French Quarter Film House on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $75.

Even though the community of Bayou Corne is a ghost town for the most part, a filmmaker wants to make sure it is never forgotten.

For the past two years, Victoria Greene has been gathering interviews and information about the massive sinkhole. The film will be finished in late spring.

History of the Sinkhole

The sinkhole opened up in August 2012 and was roughly 1/24 of the size it is now. The sinkhole formed when an underground salt cavern was breached.

In the past, seismic activity is reported, then the sinkhole burps up debris and then a slough-in happens. Burps occur when air and gas from deep in the sinkhole bubbles up. It can cause debris and an oily substance to float to the top. A slough-in is when the sinkhole swallows trees and land that is on the edge of the sinkhole.

Berms were placed around the sinkhole shortly after it opened up to keep the oily, debris filled water contained to the sinkhole area so it would not contaminate the area bayous.

It has more than two years since hundreds living near the giant sinkhole were forced from their homes.

Bubbles were spotted in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012. Two months later, the ground opened up and left what is now a 31.8-acre sinkhole. Residents were evacuated and the most affected residents began receiving weekly checks from Texas-Brine in the amount of $875 per week. Texas Brine owns the salt cavern that breached, causing the sinkhole.

On August 2, 2013, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced the state will be suing Texas Brine for environmental damages caused by the failed Texas Brine cavern.

Parish and Texas Brine officials agree the situation is far from over. 3D seismic surveys show the sinkhole itself it beginning to slow and stabilize. Out of 53 vent wells, only five are producing gas.

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