Louisiana Sinkhole’s Explosive Potential Massively Understated! Part II

Louisiana Sinkhole’s Explosive Potential Massively Understated! Part II (Gulf of Mexico)


It seems when it comes to hydrocarbon recovery and the greed it engenders; then there are no boundaries that the Big Oil Corporations will not cross.

Credit: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/05/01/the-gulf-oil-rig-explosion-on-the-scene-photos/

It has only been a little over two years since the worst oil rig disaster and spill in human history took place in the Gulf of Mexico and perpetrated by British Petroleum, (BP), TransOcean, and Halliburton. Although the Halliburton-owned Boots & Coots Recovery Company was purchased just 11 days before the incident and claims the spill to be cleaned up; actually the environmental impacts have still not truly revealed themselves, and the financial devastation to the local fishing industry and tourism numbers in the billions of dollars.

Many do not also know of the other Gulf disasters that were taking place at the same time as the BP Macondo fiasco, such as the Assumption Parish Well Blow Out.


or that a Tug vessel hits abandoned gas well in Barataria Waterway on July 27, 2010, which highlights the haphazard way that wellheads are abandoned. (Video included)

Many today believe the MC 252 and MC 296 wellheads are still leaking at the old Macondo Well sites. This writer believes so as well, but since officials refuse to send any ROV’s to do an actual inspection of the sites under nearly a mile of water, then we are left to speculate and watch from the surface. Several more spills have been noted in the area in 2011, and 2012.

Recently, it was reported in bold type, “BP slapped with Massive Fine and Pleads Guilty to 11 Felony Counts”, Penalized with 4.5 billion dollar fine, benefiting only the SEC and the Federal Government, and looking at truly staggering sums to come in civil litigation, as well as having all Govt. contracts suspended, then you would think that would curb any further very risky exploration wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sadly the opposite is true. BP has recouped the amount of the fine and more before the fact by selling off a few of it’s less profitable assets, to the tune of 5.5 Billion dollars, and forged ahead with more dangerous projects in the even deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It also has been reported by the Huffington Post that BP Plans $5.9 Billion Share Buy Back After Criminal Fine In Aim To Boost Lagging Stock, so this way they can buy back their own stocks for pennies on the dollar. It seems their lust for profits over shadow their contrition and shame for their part in the voluminous “Dead Zone” in the Gulf, where no living organism can survive in the depleted oxygen areas.

BP is not the only big player that is taking Deepwater Oil Drilling to the extremes, and one very near the Macondo Blow Out. Meet W&T Offshore, Inc. (W&T) “is an independent oil and natural gas producer, engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and Texas. W&T has acquired rights to explore and develop new prospects and acquired existing oil and natural gas properties in both the deepwater and the deep shelf, while at the same time continuing its focus on the conventional shelf.” This is according to Reuters company profile.

It goes on to say that W&T is drilling at MC 243, which is practically next door to MC 252, but drilling directly into or next to the Whiting salt dome.

“Mississippi Canyon 243 field is located off the coast of Louisiana, approximately 100 miles southeast of New Orleans, in 2,552 feet of water. The field area covers Mississippi Canyon block 243, with a single production platform on Mississippi Canyon block 243. The Company has 100% working interest in the field. During 2011, cumulative field production through was approximately 21 million cubic feet equivalent gross (124 billion cubic feet equivalent gross). This field is a supra-salt development with 17 productive horizons at depths ranging to 9,850 feet. As of December 31, 2011, 17 wells were drilled, of which eight were successful. During 2011, production from this field, net to its interest, averaged 3,150 barrels of oil per day, 288 barrels of NGLs per day and 11.4 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, for total production of 5.3 million cubic feet equivalent per day (32.0 million cubic feet per day).” (Reuters)

Please visit the link above to find out all the areas of the Gulf of Mexico that W&T is exploiting. It is an eye-opener.

Also, according to Offshore Magazine, “Eight companies – Anadarko, BP, Shell, Chevron, BHP Billiton, ExxonMobil, Statoil, and Petrobras – out of 63 with production in deepwater GoM are expected to account for 93% of the growth from 2012 to 2016.

Recently, Helix Energy Solutions Group reported an oil discovery at the Danny II exploration well at the Bushwood field in Garden Banks block 506, approximately 145 mi (233 km) offshore from Galveston, Texas, in the Gulf of Mexico. The Danny II exploration well encountered more than 70 ft (21 m) of net pay. The Danny II exploration well was drilled to a TD of 14,750 ft (4,496 m), in a water depth of approximately 2,800 ft (853 m). The well is being completed and probably will be developed via a subsea tieback to Helix’s East Cameron block 381 platform 31 mi (50 km) to the north in 370 ft (113 m) of water.

The article goes onto to explain that, “Hess’s Tubular Bells project is making use of Williams’ proprietary Gulfstar FPS system to serve as the central host facility. Williams will construct and install its Gulfstar FPS in 4,100 ft (1,240 m) of water in MississippiCanyon block 724, roughly 135 miles (217 kilometers) southeast of New Orleans.”

This is what it looks like, so I feel I must ask…


What could possibly go wrong?

I know many are asking, “Why should this concern me? They have been drilling there for years!”

That is partly why everyone should be concerned. According to official records, there are over 50, 686 holes in the Gulf of Mexico, and counting.


Please visit the interactive website above to appreciate the enormity of the situation.

Remember all of these holes are perforating the Continental Shelf in a very vulnerable area.

Additionally, according to BK Lim, In a letter dated 14 January, 2011 that was sent to Congressman Fred Upton, Chairman House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Congressman John Shimkus Chairman Subcommittee on Environment and Economy,  BK Lim warned the congressmen and their committees about the current state of the sub-seabed in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). In the document, an in-depth assessment of the emergency was provided. It explains why action must be taken immediately. The evaluation of the emergency in the Gulf conducted by Mr. Lim appears credible and is based on his 30 years of experience analyzing the geologic structure of both dry land and underwater drilling sites for major oil industry companies and leading geohazards contractors such as Fugro Geodetic (M) Sdn Bhd, TL Geohydrographics Sdn Bhd, and RPS Energy Pty Ltd.

The vaporization of enormous amounts of methane hydrates on a scale not seen before, the release of stresses between the lower and upper crust resulting in the abnormal occurrences of low magnitude, shallow earthquakes adjacent to the New Madrid Fault, the sub-seabed underground erosion in the vicinity of the shelf edge undermining the slope stability with possible tsunami-generating, giant, submarine landslides,” said Mr. Lim.

“Water sample analysis conducted independently by EcoRigs shows a positive correlation to BP’s oil spill samples. “The presence of fresh BP MC 252 crude oil in surface waters 2 to 14 months after the well was reported to have been capped suggests that crude oil from the BP DWH MC 252 field may have found new pathways to the seafloor.”


Many links and good videos at this site, and an excellent expose by Luis R. Miranda and the Gulf Rescue Alliance.


Which states, in part; “The most prominent and active area of submergence and land loss lies seaward of the Golden Meadow Fault Zone, a series of interconnected cracks extending 130 miles across the land from the west bank of the Mississippi River near Empire, Louisiana to Atchafalaya Bay, extending 35,000 feet below the surface, and studded with massive sub-surface pillars of salt.”

This illustrates how the coast is literally disappearing due to fault-induced subsidence. Please take note of the copious amount of fault lines all through Southern Louisiana, East Coast Texas, and next to and under the gullet of the Mississippi River. I also take note of the ones near Grand Bayou, La. as well.

Yes, you knew I would have to come back to the Louisiana Sinkhole and Lake Oxy 3. According to all of the documentation above and in my possession, I am still whole-heartedly convinced that methane is traveling up the Miocene, and finding purchase in and above the alluvial aquifers, which are reaching as far north and west as the Bistineau and Minden Salt Domes. Instead of just the Assumption and Grand Bayou Parish’s residents being in extreme danger, it seems very probable the whole Gulf Coast is in dire straits and more geologically unstable than even the West Coast of California.

For more information on the recent events at Assumption Parish and Lake Oxy 3, please see my recent article,


Can we really afford another Gulf killing incident in the pursuit of petro-dollars? Are we as a people so weak that we will not stand up to the Corporations and say, “NO MORE!”?

Will we as a people stand idly by while the whole Gulf Coast slides into the Corexit and Oil stained waters of what is left of the fragile and beautiful eco-system that was a staple of our economy?

If just the 4.9 billion dollar BP fine was used to put solar panels on top of every home, with batteries,then our so-called oil and gas energy dependence would halve immediately, and current sources of oil would be all that is needed. In the Twenty First century, no longer should we be held hostage to the whims of corporate greed at our own and our environment’s expense.





As most know by now, an event took place at the Louisiana Sinkhole on November 27, 2012. A “Burp” occurred and sent oil and debris to the surface after a four minute long seismic event.


According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury;

An event occurred at the sinkhole around 11:30 pm today which is being considered as a “burp”.  Vegetative debris and hydrocarbons came up from below the sinkhole.  A few trees in the southwest corner did fall in however most of the debris came from below the sinkhole.  Texas Brine removed all crews from the sinkhole and is checking the boom surrounding the area to make sure everything is in tact.”


Unlike Lake Piegneur, this was not a breach of the actual cavern over a lake. Actually, quite the opposite. This area was bubbling normally with the natural methane creep inherent in any oil field in Assumption Parish, La., every once in a while bubbling to the surface as “swamp gas”, but just after the BP Macondo disaster began a continous flow of methane to fill the lower subsidence areas traveling through the Miocene shale, according to my own research. But if any dispute this assertion, then who could be responsible for the copious amounts of methane that is pressuring the Throat Seep Plug? More on that in a moment.
This was a marsh area subsidence that caved in next to the Napoleonville Salt Dome, whose west side caverns have been breached, (according to Authorities), http://tinyurl.com/9dg8fgw and water has entered to form a lake from the surrounding swamp water into the subsided (sinkhole) area. What is not explained is how a lake was created, especially if there is a breached cavern capable of holding millions of gallons of liquid, and a 5150 ft. borehole.

This is what I believe actually happened.
All of the land and trees and other materials that have fallen in created a plug approximately at a narrowing of the funnel of the subsidence area at about 650 ft. below the surface of new Lake Oxy 3. Yes, I have named the New Three Month Old Lake, and the obstruction that created it, and sustains it.

The original Texas Brine Drill hole exceeds 5150 ft., but that does not account for the newly formed lake. A drill hole that deep, and then collapsed 550 ft., and now over eight acres wide, would continuously drain for quite a long while, especially if a brine cavern has collapsed. So why is a lake there now?

It is known as a Throat Seep Plug. Seep, because it has allowed crude oil and hydrocarbons to come to the surface of the newly formed lake, while not allowing very much surface water to drain into the bore hole beneath. It is slowly draining water, while also slowly seeping methane and hydrocarbons, (oil), to the top. An equal exchange normally.

Unfortunately at the depths the Texas Brine, LLC. well bore was at, (according to Officials), has somehow allowed access to the Big Hum strata level, hence all the readily available oil. Over 85, 000 gallons has already been skimmed, and recovered, and from the looks of it, another 5,000 gls. is now at the surface and more bottled up below.

Again, the throat seep plug, or to make it easier, try to think of it as a drain that is clogged. Although the throat is clogged, a back pressure caused by methane gas, hydrocarbons, and liquid oil builds up underneath over time to the point the pressure finally blows a tiny part of the plug, (clog), away and a burp is caused. Anyone that has ever used a plunger at the kitchen sink or toilet bowl knows exactly what I am speaking of.

It’s an albeit small back pressure geologically, but is more than enough to pop loose some of the plug and to bring it, (piece of the plug), and other materials to the surface. It also gives an outlet to the oil which is the second engine of pressure from under the dammed up plug. Methane being the first.

Again, I must stress that it has been determined that Big Hum alone cannot possibly account for the high levels of the methane that has spread out over several Parishs now, and which is desperately seeking a release valve. The weakest surface area that is the closest to that methane and hydrocarbon pressure just so happens to be the plugged subsidence area, (i.e.sinkhole, and Lake Oxy 3 above).

With twin sources of motivating power working underneath the plug, then it is only a matter of time before the whole plug is violently expelled and a geyser of methane produced pressure and oil will clear the throat, (like a plumbing drainpipe).

This is actually a very good thing that has happened with this burp, (in the short term), as it postpones the inevitable explosive removal of the subsidence plug. But, this is only a reprieve. Sooner or later, the pressures underneath will clear the plug. A burp will become a belch, until it finally, explosively, regurgitates the contents blocking the throat. Gross, but accurate depiction.

Why would anyone be concerned that a sinkhole may “throw up”?

Because there are wellheads, and pipelines very nearby.

Any more subsidence, seismic disruptions greater than already recorded, or explosive forces could easily rupture anyone of the natural gas, propylene, (DOW), or oil pipelines. Further away, but not by much, we have ethane, butane, and other hydrocarbon pipelines to consider.

Unfortunately, since we know there is a breach in the west wall of the Salt Dome, (who knows what chemicals have mixed underneath the plug, still swelling), and we have a drilling rig fracking at a roughly forty five degree angle on the east side to the west side of the whole salt dome far underneath between five thousand, (turn) and then down another 7500 ft. allowing even more methane to fuel the pressures, then I would not be surprised if the Aussie’s are not indirectly responsible for this…. “

If Grand Gulf had drilled on the West Side, then they actually could have abated the Sinkhole, but since pulling natural gas and oil from the west and to the east and not knowing where their actual Frack “bombs” will be, then I really wonder if they are surprised to find that they are not getting anywhere near as much Methane or oil as expected.

 See, I ran the numbers, and if they are coming up correctly…then to get the amount of gas that is bubbling up everywhere reported in Assumption Parish and Grand Bayou, and the pressure pushing against the plug’s bottom at say 550 to 600 ft, since they (Officials, DHS, Shaw, and Sandia), claim the bottom is at 450 ft., then Texas Brine or someone is lying about how far they drilled.

 Mathematically speaking, if the Big Hum, Cris IV-V, Marg Vag, Cib Haz, etc…. If every single one of them were punctured…then that would account for the amount of methane pressures we have noticed, and been reported. If true, then my methane migration theory of the Gulf of Mexico Miocene shale creep is incorrect, and I would have no problem with new information updating and even demolishing my own theorems. That is what is called “science”. But if I am wrong, then that means someone is lying.

Why you ask?

Because that would require a Texas Brine, LLC. bore hole of at least 9,750 ft. straight down. This is accounting for pockets and for what travels along the shale with the hydrocarbons underneath and west of the Salt Dome. This is also taking into account that there is nothing to limit the North/South migrations.

Either that or the Hecox ‘Frack Out’ was much more explosive than reported, and has blown a hole in the shale downwards over a thousand feet.

Otherwise, there is another source of methane and unknown. The only other one that we may look at other than the Gulf of Mexico Miocene Migration Zone lies only at one place, and from one known drilling source, and that is Golden Gate Petroleum from Australia, and their unnamed and mysterious partner.


 (Click to enlarge)

Now who would possibly be able to drill over 12, 000 ft. and release this amount of methane and hydrocarbons underneath?


Hmmmm. Seems we need to be asking a few questions from our Australian friends, don’t you think?

More as it becomes available….

Louisiana Sinkhole’s Explosive Potential Massively Understated!


Louisiana Sinkhole’s Explosive Potential Massively Understated!



The various threats all of us are facing posed by the mammoth issues in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, are spinning completely out of control. The consequences are far reaching, phenomenal, and highly volatile.

Instead of weaving this update one into another…this time I shall take it one area at a time, this time focusing on just the Napoleonville “Sinkhole”. If any doubt the veracity of any of the claims I make, please rest assured a link will be provided for each and every salient point, normally by scientific entreaties, video, or news sources, as well as the usual authorities.


Much has happened since my last article. The so-called “sinkhole” has now grown to over eight football fields in size with daily seismic activity. Although close to 85, 000 gallons of oil have been removed from the surface of the lake it has become, the water is still slick black with oil.

The flyovers show us that the surrounding swamp water has invaded and is overflowing the sinkhole contaminating the surrounding swamps, as well as methane invading both the Louisiana and Mississippi Aquifers. Several wells have been drilled in an attempt to flare off the methane, but most clogged, and one well being drilled into the cap rock of the Salt Dome was shut down when Hydrogen Sulfide was discovered the day before Thanksgiving.


The bottom of the “sinkhole” has risen over fifty feet, indicating a sub-pressure gas or fluid.

This is born out by the Itasca Consulting Group;

“Dr. Will Pettitt, Principal Geophysicist at Itasca Consulting Group, has reviewed the seismic data recorded overnight on November 20/21. Long-period seismic tremors and micro-earthquakes have been observed, similar to those defined previously by Dr. Steve Horton of CERI/USGS, and recorded mainly on station LA08 closest to the sinkhole. The long-period seismic tremors are postulated to be caused by gas and/or fluid movements through the rock collapse zone below the sinkhole on the edge of the salt dome. Micro-earthquakes of this nature are typically associated with small-scale rock movements, and again are believed to be occurring in the collapse zone. The source of both of these event types continues to be investigated by experts.”


It has also been found that this is not the first time residents of Bayou Corne have had to be evacuated due to escaping gases.

Magnolia, Grand Bayou, south Louisiana (USA)

“The Magnolia Facility operating at the salt dome is located in a sparsely populated area at Napoleonville, about two miles from Grand Bayou, south Louisiana. In 2003, a cavern gas storage facility was constructed in the dome, operated by Entergy Koch/Gulf South. On Christmas Eve/Day 2003, only six weeks after operations began at the facility, around 30 people were forced from their homes by a natural gas (Methane) leak that led to the release of about 9.9 Mcm of gas in a matter of hours.

Investigations revealed that the gas escaped from a crack in the casing of a well near the top of a cavern, some 440 m (1,450 ft) below the surface. It was eventually plugged at a point below the crack and thirty-six other wells were drilled in the area to monitor and control the release of leaked gas that was bubbling up from underground. They removed 375 million cubic feet of gas before they were shut down in 2004.”

Then on August 11th, 2010, while the BP debacle was still ongoing, Assumption Parish was dealt a blow as well, when an Oil Well Blowout Preventer, (sound familiar?), malfunctioned and shot oil over 200 ft. high over a sugar cane field and closed down Hwy. 70 for over three weeks before it was brought under control. Video is here:


Overlooked is the amount of Parish’s that report methane bubbling all around them, as twenty eight bubbling sites associated with giant sinkhole. Authorities also are testing air releases from three new bubble sites found in recent weeks farther west toward Pierre Part and beyond any of the 25 other bubble locations in the general vicinity of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou.

One far flung Parish is also experiencing similar bubbling that was a precursor of Assumption Parish’s sinkhole is Lake Piegneur, fifty miles away, which was also the site of a Salt Dome and Mine disaster all it’s own in 1980, when the fresh water lake was sucked down into a salt mine, and replaced with a salt water lake after an Texaco oil drilling rig punctured the salt dome being mined. Even after such a disaster, and since 1994 AGL Resources has been using Lake Peigneur’s underlying salt dome as a Storage and Hub facility for pressurized natural gas. Efforts by the residents to stop the current expansion of the salt dome so far has fallen on deaf ears. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s mainly.


Salt Mines disasters are not a new occurrence, but the one in Napoleonville is on a scale previously unknown. 

List of Salt Dome Disasters

Yaggy                Hutchison, Kan.   Natural Gas    Jan. ’01     Fire and Explosion                Casing Failure

Brenham            Brenham, Texas      LPG            April ’92    Fire and Explosion                Valve Failure

Mont Belvieu      Mont Belvieu,Texas   LPG          Nov. ’85     Fire and Explosion               Casing Failure

Mont Belvieu      Mont Belvieu,Texas LPG            1980          Fire and Explosion               Casing Failure

West Hackberry      South La.              Oil             Sep. ’78     Fire                          Packer Failure

Moss Bluff              Liberty, Texas      Natural Gas    Aug. ’04     Fire and Explosion               Valve Failure

Magnolia         Napoleonville, La.   Natural Gas        Dec. ’03    Gas Leak and Evacuation      Casing Failure

Stratton Ridge   Freeport, Texas   Natural Gas         1990s                Cavern Failure/Abandonment Leak- Failed MIT

Mont Belvieu   Mont Belvieu,Texas   LPG                  Oct. ’84      Fire and Explosion              Casing Failure

Eminence       Eminence, Miss.    Natural Gas          April ’72       Loss of Storage Capacity     Salt Creep

Source: Falcon Gas Storage Co. http://www.falcongasstorage.com/_filelib/FileCabinet/Articles/artic

Also, data has been obtained towards just what is in all those caverns under the Napoleonville Salt Dome, Magnolia Facility via industry websites and a report handed in to Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana. The results were beyond chilling.


Crosstex is not the only source of the Butane at the Magnolia facility, with K/D/S Promix holding butane with a cavern capacity of 1,660,788 Million Barrels, and another storage cavern of iso-butane with a capacity of 1,372,759 Million Barrels. Dow Storage has Ethane/Propane with a potential capacity 9,266,456 BBls. Ethane is three times more flammable than Butane. What really is disturbing is what is kept within one cavern and that is LPG with a potential storage capacity of 1,451,107 BBls.

Why is this disturbing?

According to K/D/S Promix’s Tony Russell, “
“Promix operates a total of 5 wells with 3 of the five being used on a daily basis for the storage and withdrawal of produced liquid hydrocarbon products from the fractionation of natural gas liquids. The other two are empty of hydrocarbons, but full of saturated brine water and are continuously monitored.”

According to Natural Gas. Org;

“Whatever the source of the natural gas, once separated from crude oil (if present) it commonly exists in mixtures with other hydrocarbons; principally ethane, propane, butane, and pentanes. In addition, raw natural gas contains water vapor, hydrogen sulfide (H2S), carbon dioxide, helium, nitrogen, and other compounds. To learn about the basics of natural gas, including its composition, click here.”

This is what is stored under the Napoleonville Salt Dome by K/D/S/Promix and Dow Chemical, as well as Gulf South Pipeline, LP, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy/Koch LP.

These companies are admitting they have so much worse than Butane stored at Magnolia, (NPVL). Ethane is 3 times more energetic, and flammable than Methane, Butane, or Propane. HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE!

Also Propylene is used in plastics, paints, etc. and is highly explosive at the concentrations that exist in the cavern, and if it reaches the surface water then all vegetation and critters it touches will die. Although Dow refuses to test for water toxicity, it does give a good overview here:


Now to add insult to injury, The Dept. of Health and Hospitals acknowledges the well water samples taken in Bayou Corne in September showed:





Total Dissolved Solids


Tentatively Identified Compounds






Seems like a coincidence that the exact same chemicals that are housed in the Salt Caverns are precisely what are detected in the Industrial Well waters. The scary part is that Dow’s caverns are mostly on the East Side of the dome.

I personally don’t believe all of the caverns are separated anymore. All the “earthquakes” are nothing more than the cavern walls breaching, one by one, and all hydrocarbons are now intermixed again into who knows what concoctions, and is being caused by methane migration coming up through the Miocene shale from the Gulf of Mexico, and the Macondo blast site.

I will leave you with this, since so many want to know how explosive this can be. The PepCon explosion was 3.5 on the Richter scale. This is tiny compared to what is stored at Napoleonville, and in just one pipeline leading away from the wellheads..

That will be my segue into Part II, where many more shocking surprises await us back again in the Gulf of Mexico.

Acknowledgements: I want to thank the webmaster of Louisiana Sinkhole Bugle for his help with this article. His site can be found at: http://lasinkhole.wordpress.com/

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