Yesterday, October 11, 2012, photographer Jeffrey Dubinsky took a flight for LEAN, which was generously provided by Southwings, over the Bayou Corne sinkhole.
Yesterday, October 11, 2012, photographer Jeffrey Dubinsky took a flight for LEAN and LMRK over the Bayou Corne sinkhole. After the flight, which was generously provided by Southwings, Jeffrey commented on the intense petroleum fumes experienced while flying over the sinkhole area.
“I will say the odor was the heaviest and strongest I have ever experienced in all my time in Louisiana. Perhaps even worse still was that the odor was hovering directly over the community… I have no idea whatsoever how the workers can tolerate being anywhere near it.”
There is no doubt that the fumes from the sinkhole and bubbling natural gas in the surrounding area have been impacting the community. Local residents have documented this along with their potentially related health symptoms through the Odor and Symptom Log available online here.
A thick slick of crude oil can be seen covering much of the sinkhole. In the above picture oil and water can be seen flowing from the sinkhole into the adjacent environment. Both the crude oil and the high salinity of the water escaping the sinkhole could have devastating effects on the surrounding trees and swamp land. Workers continue to deal with fumes and unstable ground as they work to skim debris and oil from the surface of the sinkhole. The oil is collected and stored in the tanks shown below. The open top tanks contain crude oil from the cavern and allow for fumes to continue to escape and impact both workers and residents who remain in the adjacent community.
Special Thanks to Pilot Lance Rydberg!