BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) – Parish officials say the 29-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish swallowed six cypress trees Wednesday and had its first deep burp of gas and fluid since late August.
The Advocate reports the event comes nearly two weeks after lead scientists investigating the sinkhole for state regulators said the hole seemed to be on the path to stabilizing.
Officials say the sinkhole slowly pulled down six trees the southwestern side of the lake-like hole, near an earthen well pad operated by Texas Brine Co.
John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said the sinkhole edge collapse followed Texas Brine's efforts since Monday to reduce rising pressures in the failed salt dome cavern suspected of causing the sinkhole to form in August 2012.