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Underwater cavern found near mysterious sinkhole

After drilling since August 18, Sunday night, Texas Brine made entry into the abandoned salt cavern near the Assumption Parish sinkhole.

A Texas Brine spokesman says nothing was found at first, but about an hour and a half later they did encounter gas and an oily liquid.

Samples were taken of both, and the gas was flared off.

On Monday night, the drill pipe was removed and more testing is underway to get a clearer picture of the state of the cavern.

Sonar equipment will eventually be sent in to help.

Officials say it will still be two or three days before they'll have any idea whether the cavern is the cause of the sinkhole and those mysterious bubbles.

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