Louisiana officials will be asking property owners near a massive sinkhole for permission to do additional monitoring.
New data shows natural gas much closer to the Bayou Corne community of Assumption Parish than previously detected.
Officials said the additional testing is out of an abundance of caution.
Shallow-depth wells near the community are now indicating natural gas pressure 20 to 40 feet beneath the surface. That's much shallower than previously reported. It's still not really know what the natural gases relationship is with the bubbling in the bayou.
"The monitor is only a foot away from where the bubbling is. There's no explosive limit just a foot away from the bubbling. So as far as any distance from here, there's no concern for that to happen," said John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.
Boudreaux says while levels are not high, the Department of Natural Resources will test levels at individual homes if residents ask. They can go to the command center in Bayou Corne and fill out a request form.
The next community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 at St. Joseph the Worker church in Pierre Part.
The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. The sinkhole, or slurry, is consuming land and trees. Many images are from the Assumption Parish Police Jury. Click here to see the photos from August until now. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 5:14 PM EDT2013-06-19 21:14:11 GMT
National Beef Packing Co., a Liberal, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The problem was discoveredMore >>
National Beef Packing Company - a Liberal, KS, establishment - is recalling approximately 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:54 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:54:27 GMT
Warner Bros., creator of the new Superman movie "Man of Steel", invited pastors to early screenings of the film and even handed out a sermon for them to use titled "Jesus:The Original Superhero." TimMore >>
Warner Bros., the creator of the new Superman movie, invited pastors to early screenings of the film and handed out a sermon for them to use. More >>
Bob and Barbara Schmidt dashed to their home on a dirt road in a heavily wooded area northeast of Colorado Springs as smoke from what would become the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history filled the air.More >>
A new wildfire in the foothills southwest of Denver forced the evacuation of dozens of homes Wednesday as hot and windy conditions in the West made it easy for fires to start and spread.More >>