Gas detected under 2 Bayou Corne homes

Gas detected under 2 Bayou Corne homes by Sheila V Kumar, April 3, 2013, The Times-Picayune
At least two homes in Assumption Parish have reported the presence of gas underneath their foundations, officials said Wednesday, one day after state authorities announced the first meeting of a commission designed to evaluate potential threats a 13-acre sinkhole may pose to a nearby rural community. Gas was first detected under a home on Sauce Piquante Lane around 9:45 a.m. and gas was again discovered under a second home on the same street less than an hour later. “Texas Brine contractors have reported and verified that a home on a slab…has the presence of gas under the slab of both the home and the shed. Monitoring will continue to check for gas presence at this location,” authorities wrote on the official Assumption Parish Police Jury website Wednesday morning. Texas Brine Co., LLC owns the abandoned brine cavern believed to have caused the massive lake-like slurry area that first appeared last August. Texas Brine agreed to begin buying out residents in the surrounding area last month after Gov. Bobby Jindal met with officials from the Houston-based brine producing company in Baton Rouge. … As of Friday, 87 homeowners in the nearby Bayou Corne community had submitted the required forms to begin the buyout process, Texas Brine reported on their website Monday. Inspectors will first examine the property before a third party appraiser will assess the homes based on market conditions prior to the sinkhole’s manifestation. A settlement offer will be made within 30 to 45 days, the Texas Brine official Bayou Corne response said. [Emphasis added]

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