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Community members invited to meeting about bayou gas bubbles

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ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

A public information meeting has been scheduled Thursday, June 28 at 4 p.m. concerning the bubbles that have been noticed in the water in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou areas.

Parish officials have determined that this bubbling is caused by a release of natural gas and not "swamp gas," but they do not know where the natural gas is coming from. Potential causes could perhaps be a pipeline leak or a potential leak from an adjacent storage cavern.

The purpose of the public meeting is to hear from the residents of the community. Local and State officials will be at the meeting to discuss the situation at hand. The meeting will be held at Sportsman's Landing in the Bayou Corne Community.

Presently, it has not been established that this gas is a residual gas leak from the Gulf South incident of 2003-2004. Government officials including the LA Department of Natural Resources, LA State Police, LA Department of Environmental Quality, Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office are continuously working with local industry to determine the origin of the leak.

The immediate task at hand is to isolate the problem so that repair and mitigation can commence to resolve the problem.

Daily readings are being taken and recorded from all known bubbling locations for ignition risk. At present time, no readings have suggested any ignition risk; therefore, all waterways remain open to boat traffic. If readings change, waterways may be closed for a period of time.


If anyone has information on bubbling locations or about a potential origin of the gas, please contact the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (985) 369-7386.

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