Lake Peigneur Drilling Disaster
Lake Peigneur was a 10-foot-deep (3 m) freshwater body, popular with sportsmen, until an
unusual man-made disaster on November 20, 1980 changed its structure and the surrounding
On Thursday, November 20, 1980, the Diamond Crystal Salt Company salt mine under the lake
filled with water. An oil rig contracted by Texaco was doing exploratory drilling above the mine
at the time. The drilling likely started a chain of events that turned the shallow lake from fresh to
brackish water, with a deep hole.
The evidence which could be used to identify the exact cause was destroyed or washed away in
the ensuing maelstrom. However, the rig’s 14-inch (36 cm) drill bit had become stuck just two and-a-half hours before the draining was first observed. After the fact, engineers from Texaco
and Diamond Crystal worked together to pinpoint the likely location of the hole which may have
pierced the mine. They placed it within a mined-out portion of the 1300-foot level of the mine. If
the drill actually did puncture the roof of the mine, this would mean that Texaco had made a
serious mistake about the location of the bore hole in relation to the mine. Whatever the precise
cause, an opening formed in the bottom of the lake. The lake then drained into the hole,
expanding the size of that hole as the soil and salt were washed into the mine by the rushing
water, filling the enormous caverns that had been left by the removal of salt since 1919.
Lake Peigneur Drilling Accident – YouTube
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I got: crisis, people running; debris falling, irregular movement in all directions; land/water interface; large expanse disaster, world horrified, mud, shifting land, water flooding, air polluted, fear, pain, people running injured; water waves, mechanical move, fall down, circling round solid;
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When I wrote down the target number I immediately felt like I was in a train car swaying back and forth with the racket from the wheels on the tracks, and felt like I was a passenger having to go where the train was headed. Funny. That actually turned out to be part of the signal line but I ignored it. I figured any valid sensing would have to be laboriously drug out of the noise after 10 or 20 minutes of meditation. My session was cut short by outside events but was a lot of fun and taught me a neat lesson.