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Bayou Corne Sinkhole Update (2012)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Bayou Corne, Assumption Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-08-17

Duration: 00:06:13

Subjects: Environment | Bayou Corne sinkhole, 2012 | Disaster response and recovery | Emergency management | Texas Brine Company


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Landry, Dennis Interviewee
  • Waguespack, Mike Interviewee
  • Boudreaux, John Interviewee


This segment from the August 17, 2012, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s report on the Bayou Corne Sinkhole in Assumption Parish. This report touches on: the Department of Natural Resource’s conclusion that the sinkhole was caused by an abandoned well owned by the Texas Brine Company; the indefinite mandatory evacuation of 150 homes in the area; and the growing concerns over the close proximity of the sinkhole to a salt cavern housing liquid butane. Whinham interviews: Dennis Landry, the owner of Cajun Cabins in Bayou Corne; Sheriff Mike Waguespack of Assumption Parish; and John Boudreaux of the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford