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Oversized loads of equipment delivered to Grand Bayou sinkhole

Published: Aug. 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A 14-foot rig is en route from Lafayette to the massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish. It will allow scientists to get an underground look at a cavern that may have been compromised in the Grand Bayou area.

A huge observation well is about to come to life beneath the surface of the slurry that formed in the Grand Bayou-Corne Bayou area of Assumption Parish.

Officials said a total of 25 loads of drill parts will be escorted by the Louisiana State Police from Bosco in Acadia Parish to Bayou Corne.

The group will travel on I-10 West to Port Allen, then take LA 1 south (Plaquemine exit) to White Castle. It will then take LA 69 south to LA 70 in Pierre Part.

"Our main objective today is to make sure these trucks get from Lafayette here, efficiently and as quickly as possible," Trooper Russell Graham said.

Graham said the state set up a convoy of trucks, traveling in pairs to carry the oversized loads to the Texas Brine property. The pieces will be assembled into a rig where workers can drill and access what they refer to as "Cavern #3". Vice President of Operations, Bruce Martin, hopes a look beneath the surface will help scientists determine what caused the slurry.

"One, will it have any natural gas in it, or two, what does the inside of the cavern look like so we can compare it to what we had a couple of years ago to try and get some indication of what happened to that cavern, and if that cavern is associated with this sinkhole," Martin explained.

It is a 40 day process. Martin said it is possible scientists won't find anything.

"If we find that our cavern is the way we left it a couple of years ago, there's a lot of questions to be answered," Martin said.

Including "What caused the slurry"?

The Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is putting together a list of frequently asked questions.

It will be posted to the parish website.

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