Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tremors, gas bubbles puzzle Assumption, Louisiana

Assumption Parish emergency officials have asked to meet with an expert from the U.S. Geological Survey and for portable seismic equipment to get a better understanding of new tremors reported in the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou areas, officials said Friday.

The earth tremors are being reported by residents in a swampy area of northern Assumption Parish where venting streams of natural gas have been roiling the surface of waterways for about a month.

The source of the natural gas remains uncertain and is not an explosive risk but detailed tests to fingerprint the source of the leaking gas are pending, said John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

He said company reports posted on the parish’s website are from earlier tests that mainly established that natural gas had been bubbling up through the waterways.

Boudreaux said residents reported tremors last month and again on Tuesday and Wednesday, about 7:30 a.m. each day.

State and parish officials have not made a connection between the tremors and the natural gas releases and are focusing on the oil and gas infrastructure in the area to pinpoint the source of the leaking gas. Read More