12:05 p.m. Advisory from the Office of Conservation

The Office of Conservation, in consultation with Assumption Parish Incident Command, is advising the public that the Oxy 3/sinkhole monitoring alert status has been lowered to Code 1 – allowing work in the sinkhole area within the containment berm. Per Dr. Stephen Horton with USGS, seismic monitoring has detected an decreasing trend of subsurface activity in the area around the sinkhole and Oxy 3 area below the sinkhole over the past few days. Seismic analysts are also advising members of the public following the seismic monitoring data online that the “LA 10” monitor has been picking up echoes of yesterday’s Pacific Ocean 7.2-magnitude earthquake that occurred off the coast of Japan, but these signals do not indicate any impact to subsurface stability in the Bayou Corne area. Monitoring is constantly ongoing in the area and Conservation will advise the public of significant changes in subsurface conditions.