Bayou Corne Sinkhole: A Continuous Cause of Danger
On August 3, 2012, a sinkhole was discovered in northern Assumption Parish in Louisiana, which resulted to the evacuation of about 350 residents living nearby. The sinkhole, named the Bayou Corne, resulted from an underground salt dome cavern that suddenly collapsed.
The site of the collapse, known as Napoleonville Dome, is owned by Occidental Chemical Corporation and is under lease to Texas Brine Co., a petrochemical company that specializes in injection mining. On August 2013 the sinkhole was found to have expanded to 25 acres (10 ha), from just 15 acres (6.1 ha) in May of the same year.
Residents have already been forced to evacuate their homes, without any clue as to when things will be resolved. Despite the $875 a week that Texas Brine Co. has been paying them, affected residents have decided to file a class action lawsuit against the involved companies for all the harm and danger which the situation continues to cause them.