2-year anniversary of the Bayou Corne sinkhole

Published: Aug. 3, 2014 at 2:18 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2014 at 9:49 PM CDT
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BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) - The anniversary of the Bayou Corne sinkhole is here two years later. On August 3, 2012, the sinkhole opened up in Assumption Parish, triggered when a salt dome, operated by Texas Brine, failed.

Approximately 150 homes were evacuated, and most of these residents never have returned to the area. The sinkhole continued to grow, and the incident gained interest from environmental activist Erin Brockovich and the national media. Scientists pointed to a nearby abandoned salt cavern run by the Texas Brine Company. Now, the massive slurry seems to have stabilized, but monitoring of the sinkhole still continues. Recently, some seismic activity has been detected a few times within the past month in the area.

Most residents have settled with Texas-Brine, but some chose to stay behind.

A spokesman for the company released a statement today, saying that there has been significant progress made in the last two years, but they understand the frustration felt by many residents.

He also said that there are no immediate safety concerns posed by the sinkhole.

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