Giant Louisiana Sinkhole: Texas Brine says insurance company has - Tucson News Now

Giant Louisiana Sinkhole: Texas Brine says insurance company has put them in a hole

(Source: Texas Brine) (Source: Texas Brine)
BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) -

The company that accepted responsibility for the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Bayou Corne claims an insurance company has put them in a hole.

Texas Brine filed a complaint with the state insurance department saying Arch Specialty Company has not reimbursed them for any costs associated with the sinkhole.

Texas Brine alleges it has footed the bills from the Assumption Parish Government since November and some $55 million from the state.

On Christmas Eve, workers found new cracks in the same spot where previous cracks were repaired in the lowest part of the south berm near the massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

Authorities also report an increase in the micro-earthquakes in the area.

Work began Wednesday clearing the pathway for the new southern berm.  It should take about 30 days to complete.

History of the sinkhole

The sinkhole opened up in August 2012 and was roughly 1/24 of the size it is now. The sinkhole formed when an underground salt cavern collapsed.

In the past, seismic activity is reported, then the sinkhole burps up debris and then a slough-in happens. Burps occur when air and gas from deep in the sinkhole bubbles up. It can cause debris and an oily substance to float to the top. A slough-in is when the sinkhole swallows trees and land that is on the edge of the sinkhole.

Berms were placed around the sinkhole shortly after it opened up to keep the oily, debris filled water contained to the sinkhole area so it would not contaminate the area bayous.

It has more than a year since hundreds living near the giant sinkhole were forced from their homes.

Bubbles were spotted in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012. Two months later, the ground opened up and left what is now a 24-acre sinkhole. Residents were evacuated and the most affected residents began receiving weekly checks from Texas-Brine in the amount of $875 per week. Texas Brine owns the salt cavern that collapsed, causing the sinkhole.

On August 2, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced the state will be suing Texas Brine for environmental damages caused by the failed Texas Brine cavern.

Parish and Texas Brine officials agree the situation is far from over. 3D seismic surveys show the sinkhole itself it beginning to slow and stabilize, but the recovery is focused on another danger; natural gas gathering underneath a nearby aquifer.

Copyright 2014 WAFB. All rights reserved.

 

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Tucson Fire: Kitchen fire claims the life of 2 dogs

    Tucson Fire: Kitchen fire claims the life of 2 dogs

    Thursday, January 18 2018 11:56 PM EST2018-01-19 04:56:51 GMT
    Damage from the fire inside the home. (Source: Tucson Fire Department)Damage from the fire inside the home. (Source: Tucson Fire Department)

    A fire, caused by an electrical malfunction, has claimed the lives of two pets in midtown, near Miracle Mile and Flowing Wells, according to a news release from the Tucson Fire Department.  

    A fire, caused by an electrical malfunction, has claimed the lives of two pets in midtown, near Miracle Mile and Flowing Wells, according to a news release from the Tucson Fire Department.  

  • Police: Muslim women attacked, threatened near campus

    Police: Muslim women attacked, threatened near campus

    Thursday, January 18 2018 10:58 PM EST2018-01-19 03:58:18 GMT
    Manuel Lewis (Source: Tucson Police Department)Manuel Lewis (Source: Tucson Police Department)

    Tucson police have arrested a man who they say attacked a group of Muslim women sitting at a Starbucks on University Boulevard. 

    Tucson police have arrested a man who they say attacked a group of Muslim women sitting at a Starbucks on University Boulevard. 

  • Tucson adding more HAWK lights to protect pedestrians

    Tucson adding more HAWK lights to protect pedestrians

    Thursday, January 18 2018 10:46 PM EST2018-01-19 03:46:33 GMT
    HAWK light in Tucson (Source: City of Tucson)HAWK light in Tucson (Source: City of Tucson)

    Following a record number of pedestrian deaths in 2017, the city is planning to add another 13 HAWK lights scattered around Tucson.

    Following a record number of pedestrian deaths in 2017, the city is planning to add another 13 HAWK lights scattered around Tucson.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Abuse in house of torture was 'severe, pervasive, prolonged'

    Abuse in house of torture was 'severe, pervasive, prolonged'

    Thursday, January 18 2018 2:44 AM EST2018-01-18 07:44:12 GMT
    Friday, January 19 2018 2:15 AM EST2018-01-19 07:15:58 GMT

    The grandparents say they are still in shock from learning that their son and his wife were arrested this week after their children, ages 2 to 29, were found malnourished with some in shackles.

    The grandparents say they are still in shock from learning that their son and his wife were arrested this week after their children, ages 2 to 29, were found malnourished with some in shackles.

  • Mother: Care denied daughter left in cold in hospital gown

    Mother: Care denied daughter left in cold in hospital gown

    Thursday, January 18 2018 10:56 PM EST2018-01-19 03:56:28 GMT
    Friday, January 19 2018 2:05 AM EST2018-01-19 07:05:37 GMT

    Mother of mentally ill woman says her daughter, 22, was denied her lawful right to medical care when she was left in the cold outside a Baltimore hospital wearing only a flimsy gown.

    Mother of mentally ill woman says her daughter, 22, was denied her lawful right to medical care when she was left in the cold outside a Baltimore hospital wearing only a flimsy gown.

Powered by Frankly