Tue, 24 Jul 2012 17:18 CDT
Assumption Parish, Louisiana - Environmental experts are looking into an abandoned well as a possible source for mystery bubbles in Assumption Parish Bayous.
Officials have been trying to figure out what is causing the natural gas to rise up out of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou for nearly a month
OEP, DNR, and DEQ went out Monday night and observed what is believed to be an old orphaned well in the swamps about 1,000 feet from the main bubbling area in Bayou Corne.
It is suspected that this well may be the source of the natural gas
bubbling in the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou waterways. The Department of Natural Resources is currently investigating and bringing in necessary equipment to complete the investigation of the suspect orphaned well.
Parish officials want to remind residents that the gas in those areas pose no risk of igniting.
DEQ is in the Bayou Corne area performing air monitoring on residential properties. If you have not completed a Rite of Passage Form (to allow DEQ onto your property) and would like to, please contact OEP at (985) 369-7386 or visit the Command Post during operating hours.
DEQ has also published a public information brochure and have begun disseminating them to residents in the Bayou Corne area. This brochure can be accessed at here