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Orphaned well could be source of swamp bubbles

ASSUMPTION PARISH — State and local officials are investigating whether an orphaned well may be the source of natural gas bubbling up from the surfaces of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in northern Assumption Parish.

Parish officials said Tuesday the well is in swampland about 1,000 feet from the main bubbling area in Bayou Corne, The Advocate (http://bit.ly/PEW2Z5) reports.

John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, could not say what kind of well it was or who owned it. He did say the well is on private land between Bayou Corne and the Texas Brine Co. LLC facility south of Louisiana 70 South.

He says the state Department of Natural Resources is researching the well location and plans on hiring a contractor to excavate the area.

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