Bayou Corne, 77 miles west of New Orleans, can be added to the growing list of communities destroyed by industrial accidents.
“I wanted to stay in Bayou Corne for the rest of my life. I wanted to die here,” Mike Schaff, who recently moved out, told DeSmogBlog. “Texas Brine took that away from me. It’s like a ghost town now.”
The area was known as a picturesque sportsman's paradise for its waterways teeming with fish and alligators, but is now famous for a giant sinkhole that opened up on August 3, 2012 after a salt dome cavern owned by Occidental Chemical Corp. and operated by Texas Brine Co. LLC, collapsed.
Swamp maple blossoms near the sinkhole in Bayou Corne. ©2015 Julie Dermansky