The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz says he will be working to appoint members of a commission to determine when it is safe for Bayou Corne residents, who live near the giant sinkhole, to return home.

The sinkhole, almost nine acres across, sent out another belch of oily hydrocarbons and debris yesterday.

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources wants experts from federal and state government along with consulting firms and academic institutions to fill up between 12 and 17 spots on a commission to determine when it is safe enough for residents in that area to go home.

Some 150 families were evacuated from their homes last August after the development of the Assumption Parish sinkhole.