Evacuations ordered near Assumption sinkhole

Evacuations ordered near Assumption sinkhole by David J. Mitchell, August 3, 2012, River Parishes bureau
For more than two months, federal, state and parish officials had been unable to pin down the source of the natural gas releases — despite a battery of tests on the oil, gas and brine production infrastructure in the area — or the cause of contemporaneous earthquakes. … All pipelines in the area also have been ordered shut, Triche said. … The formation of the “slurry area” was accompanied early Friday by a diesel-like odor that some residents said burned their eyes and noses but dissipated by midmorning Friday. … The diesel could be smelled later in the afternoon in helicopter overflights of the slurry area, parish officials said.

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