For the people of Bayou Corne, a small community in northern Assumption Parish, the first signs of trouble appeared in late May. Streams of bubbles appeared in the water in nearby Bayou Lofourche. Then in early August a series of tremors led to the discovery of a sinkhole. Since then that hole in the ground has continued to grow along with the concerns of local residents and the officials they are looking to for answers.
via Assumption Sinkhole – Acadiana’s Multi-Media Station.
Louisiana’s Assumption Parish sinkhole caused the evacuation of 150 homes in early August and continues to threaten the area with possible explosions due to methane gas pockets. Property owners have not been allowed to return home yet, and businesses are at risk.
Texas Brine Co. began burning off natural gas Friday that was trapped in a water aquifer near a sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish, officials said.
This was the first time state, parish or company officials have been able to get gas to flow from four “vent wells” driven into the ground around the sinkhole in order to draw the dangerous gas out of the aquifer.
Located in the swamps between Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou south of La. 70 South, the sinkhole is more than 5½ acres in size at the surface and has prompted authorities to issue a standing evacuation order on Aug. 3 applying to 150 homes.
Fears that the trapped gas, which is colorless, odorless and potentially explosive, could accumulate to dangerous levels at the surface has further justified the evacuation order, parish officials have said.
via Gas flowing from sinkhole | Home | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA.
In New York, gas trumps water during a disaster. This good news for New Yorkers could not have come too soon.
Federal and state officials made urgent moves Friday to ease panic at the pumps, and it’s not a miniute too soon as stressed-out drivers in the New York area were still running on fumes.
The Department of Defense is sending 24 million gallons of gas and diesel fuel to the area, officials said.
via Gas shortage update: Defense Dept. to send millions of gallons of gas to area; Gov. Cuomo waives registration fees and tax requirements for fuel tankers pulling into New York Harbor to expedite delivery – NY Daily News.
Gasoline shortages point to another good reason to develop towns where employment centers, park and recreation facilities, grocery stores and housing are within walking distance. Community gardens are also important in this regard, although the flooding would have destroyed these. In any event, communities need to meet their needs without requiring an automobile trip to do so. Bicycle lanes and bicycle ownership by every family member are another good idea.
Four days after Hurricane Sandy, the effort to secure enough gas for the region moved to the forefront of recovery work. The problems affected even New York City, where the Taxi Commission warned that the suddenly indispensable fleet of yellow cabs would thin significantly Friday because of the fuel shortage.</p>
via Gasoline Runs Short, Adding Woes to Storm Recovery – NYTimes.com.
Gas hissing, fires, possible explosions. These are just some of the post-hurricane flood worries plaguing New Jersey residents.
On the long and slender stretch of New Jersey barrier beaches that includes Brick Township, the hiss of gas seems to be everywhere. And between gas fires and the ocean surge, dozens of homes have been destroyed – 60 in Brick Township alone.
The threat from gas is widespread and the risk of further fire and explosion continues along this devastated coastline where many homes were lifted from foundations and their gas lines ruptured. And officials say it will continue until flames are brought under control and utilities are able to turn off the main gas line serving the two barrier islands on this stretch.
via Gas Fires Still Burning in New Jersey Where Threat Remains of Possible Explosion – ABC News.
Subways and schools were closed across the region of 50 million people, the floor of the New York Stock Exchange was deserted, and thousands fled inland to await the storm’s fury.As the storm closed in on the mid-Atlantic coast, it washed away an old section of the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk and left most of the city’s emptied-out streets under water.The monster hurricane was expected to make a westward lurch and blow ashore in New Jersey on Monday night, combining with two other weather systems — a wintry storm from the west and cold air rushing in from the Arctic — to create an epic superstorm.
via Resident Warns People Will Be ‘Fighting In The Streets’ For Gas, Food In Sandy Wake « CBS Connecticut.