Strategic Reserve Salt Dome Threat – Louisianna Sinkhole Grows

Since Early August, the Bayou Corne sinkhole in Louisiana has grown and shown an oily sheen. Local residents complain about the odor and health issues.

Flyover: Crude Oil now Covers Much of Giant Sinkhole
October 13, 2012
http://enenews.com/crude-oil-covering-giant-sinkhole-flowing-surrounding-area-enhanced-photo
Oil and water can be seen flowing from the sinkhole into the adjacent environment.

Gas Pipeline Found Floating in Giant Sinkhole
October 11, 2012
http://enenews.com/gas-pipeline-found-floating-on-surface-of-giant-sinkhole-photos
A 25′ section of pipeline (from Acadian Gas’ pipeline) floated to the surface on the edge of the pipeline right-of-way. The pipeline was emptied previously which made it become bouyant and since the sinkhole occurred there is no earthen cover to keep the pipeline submerged.

Bayou Corne Odor and Symptom Log Results
October 9, 2012
http://www.leanweb.org/our-work/community/public-health/bayou-corne-sinkhole/bayou-corne-odor-and-symptom-log-results
As the sink hole developed, the Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou community began complaining of odors and associated health impacts.  Analysis of air samples in the Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou area by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality demonstrated that the concentrations of toxic chemicals in the air, including Volatile Organic Compounds such as Benzene, Toluene, Ethyl Benzene and Xylene, were below the Louisiana Ambient Air Standards.  However, though the concentrations of toxic chemicals were  below acceptable standards, health symptoms continue to be experienced and reported by community members.

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve has many such domes along the Gulf Coast, which of course is being stretched as the N American Continent is pulled into a dome. Is this a major disaster just waiting to happen as the bow worsens before the  New Madrid adjusts?

Salt Caverns and Their Use for Disposal of Oil Field Wastes
http://www.netl.doe.gov/technologies/oil-gas/publications/brochures/SaltCav.pdf
In the United States, salt domes are found in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, and in the Gulf of Mexico.Salt caverns have been used to store various types of hydrocarbons since the 1940s. The types of products that have been stored in these caverns include liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), propane, butane, ethane, ethylene, fuel oil, gasoline, natural gas, and crude oil. The largest underground storage operations in the United States are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The SPR currently stores about 560 million barrels of crude oil in 62 caverns located at four sites in Louisiana and Texas. Efforts are underway to add another 28 million barrels of crude oil to these sites.

Strategic Petroleum Reserve Storage Sites
http://www.fossil.energy.gov/programs/reserves/spr/spr-sites.html
Emergency crude oil is stored in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in salt caverns. Created deep within the massive salt deposits that underlie most of the Texas and Louisiana coastline, the caverns offer the best security and are the most affordable means of storage, costing up to 10 times less than aboveground tanks and 20 times less than hard rock mines.  Strategic Reserve oil can be distributed through interstate pipelines to nearly half of the Nation’s oil refineries or loaded into ships or barges for transport to other refineries.

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