Oil Driller Breaches Salt Mine Under Louisana Lake

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This is how you flush an entire lake down a hole. An exploratory drilling exercise miscalculates the location of a salt mine while drilling through a lake bed. The mine is hit, and the oil derek, the mine, the lake, and a few barges are a total loss.

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Christopher Leamons : No loss of human life. That's incredible.

TomTheTrain : Put some flex seal on it

brachypelmasmith : So honey, how was your day? Well, we broke the Gulf of Mexico. That was something.

McDonald Family YouTube : That old man wearing the "I survived Lake peigneur" hat at 5:21 is probably the talk of the town and has had his story told at least 55000 times by now at his local breakfast spot while drinking his small hot coffee.

Useless Duck Company : I like stories about historic events like this, there should be a channel just for this stuff. 

Nabre Labre : The triangulation was performed by a flat earther

Swamp Henly : Member when the History channel used to talk about history? Member? 🍇

Moola Moose : Oh shit there was actually history shown on the History channel at one point. Imagine that.

Holly Rockwell : Texaco never paid anyone even 1 cent. They claimed the mine simply sprang a leak in a weak spot and as the man said, it was hundreds of feet down in flooded tunnels so no one could prove otherwise. Surveys were done to show the relationship of the drill to the mine layout and how they overlapped, but Texaco claimed that the surveys were poorly done and stuck to its claim. People all around lost boats, homes and in some cases, all their land! This documentary doesn't say, but I expect most of it not all of the local fish died unable to survive in salt water. I live in New Orleans and there are still old-timers who remember this and tell amazing stories, but it is really helpful to see this vid and get a good explanation of how it actually happened. Thanks for the post, this goes in my Favorites file.

Tentarek : T_T this reminds me of old history channel. Sleepily watching documentaries and learning stuff. Now it's all reality show garbage.

rav ravensdale : i wonder what archaeologists will make of it in a few thousand years time :-D

Greg Gallacci : So no one died? That would be the most amazing part, no?

Tracy Menard : My Dad was there. He was responsible for saving those men. The last man out had water up to his neck. I can remember coming home from school and my Dad was sitting on the couch with a blank stare. My mom told me what happened. And to add - all those Diamond Crystal employees got SCREWED....BIG TIME...My Dad had been there 28 years.....and got $25,000......Livelihood gone - life gone - The lawyers took it all...

Ramiel : "The cause of the disaster was never determined" My ass, it was Texaco... oh uh oom never mind, the cause was never determined (don't hurt me!)

Boot Nreboot : "the cause of the disaster was never officially determined,"......."the cause most likely was a 14 inch wide drill bit" well duhhhh!! must have been told what to say by a room full of lawyers. Most likely the drill bit, yea i would have to say that is exactly what caused it, it punched a frickin hole in the roof of the mine shaft. geeeeeezzz doesnt take a genius to figure that one out!

Rich Holland : This is precisely why you pay attention in geometry class...smh.

Minong Maniac : I miss the REAL History channel, it was so good when it was American owned.

q p : The culprit was not the drill bit. But rather the people operating it.

Yura Enjoji : i wish my girlfriend had 1/10th of that sucking power...

Zoes Dada : Back before the "MTV effect" hit history channel and turned it into yet another reality show mediocrity.

Kyle Rotterdam : Hory shet!! Makes me sick to my stomache thinking about being sucked down a whirlpool into a flooded salt mine 1500ft below the bottom of a lake. My worst nightmare.

cbonesteak 95 : You know it’s a bad fishing day when the lake dries up.

Bob Young : The culprit was never determined? Bullcrap. The culprit was that Texaco oil derrick and the person/s that did the triangulation math.

Brett Windsor : The driller got off with a written warning!!!!!!

playhouserage : I'll never trust a 14 inch wide drill bit again!

𖥠 ꧁Æ♱ℍᴲᮄℜᴲⅅ꧂𖥠 : When a student asks 'when will we ever need this?' In geometry class, here's a good example.

chris532008 : I was selling yo minted weeks prior to collapse. Asking whether they thought it was safe to drill in such close proximity. Apparently not

Mike Whipkey : This would be me one my first day as an Engineer figuring out where to drill lol

Josh Pickles : Awesome how the drilling company skirted taking responsibility for their mistake. Destroyed a mine, people's homes and businesses and didn't have to pay a penny because "all the evidence is at the bottom of a lake".

On the Road Fishing and Adventuring : I worry about doing this whenever I dig a new fence post hole.

manifestgtr : Whoever made that miscalculation must’ve been miiiiiiiighty red in the face that day

Me Too : Must have been one hell of mine to hold all that water

Robert Walker : A dry lake makes for easy fishing.

Matt H. : Legend has it, the old fart is still bugging people about replacing his boat and his fishing pole.

Jim Rr : Reminds me of the old seven gallon flush tawlet at grand maws' house

Steve Heraty : This may be the most expensive Dry Hole in this history of Oil and Gas exploration. What a story..

LoneWolf Notyou : Fkn Coal Eaters. I'll bet the guys who were drilling laughed about it at a bar while watching Fix news

Tom Mangu : Bad day at the office lol

A Tramp Abroad : You would think the salt miners could have told the oil drillers there’s no oil, cos you know, they were already down there. 🤨

Arbitrator207 : We'll just keep mining salt out from underneath a huge lake...what's the worst that could happen?

K.C. LeJeune : We went in our boat about 6 years ago on the lake and the depth finder read close to 600 feet deep in one spot, we were told that in certain areas it's around 1000+ feet deep, kinda scary considering the lake used to be shallow enough to stand in with your head above water, it still is on the other side.

phdfxwg Fischercat : hope they replaced that pore old farts fishing boat !

Dodo M : "The cause of the disaster was never officially determined" sounds to me like nobody payed for the damages.

Blue Falcons Suck : When you make a Trigonometry error that causes the largest river in North America to flow backwards... Math Teachers: "My concerns are valid" CERN Scientists: "Never divide by Zero". NASA: "Hold my beer".

Ion Hunter : See folks, them free tape measures from Harbor Fright are off a bit.

Quiet Dignity and Grace : So... measure twice, cut once kiddies. Highest waterfall in LA. What the hell was number 2?

Learysinsight Wakefield : Wonder what happened to the Driller?

fanofCOH : "just a simple miscalculation" only off by 400 feet smh

Mason Carratt : Rumer has it the engineer now teaches 2nd grade math class.