BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Officials say they will test a large sinkhole in Assumption Parish for signs of naturally occurring radiation.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said the slurry hole near Bayou Corne is near areas that have been used for oil and gas exploration. Low levels of radioactivity may be remaining from the work, though not at harmful levels, officials say.
Department spokesman Rodney Mallett says such material tends to accumulate in low levels on equipment used to drill for oil and gas.
Scientists say the sinkhole might be related to brine contained in an underground salt cavern owned by Houston-based Texas Brine Co.
Investigations continue at the site.
Experts are trying to figure out if a sinkhole in Assumption Parish is manmade or natural.
The governor has declared a state of emergency and residents living near this sinkhole in assumption parish are still seeking answers.
The hole is about 380 feet deep and 370 feet wide, and it formed over the weekend in Assumption Parish.
Scientists are trying to figure out if it's linked to the tremors and gas bubbles that have been rattling the Bayou Corne Community for over a month.
New information shows that there could possibly be traces of naturally occurring radioactive material arising from the sinkhole.
As of Wednesday, state environmental officials had not tested the sinkhole for radioactivity. , and geological surveys have indicated that the tremors came from areas near the sinkhole later developed but the source of the natural gas bubbles is still being examined.
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