Methane Chex Mix

Since we have no big news from Bayou Corne (besides the usual seismic activity at Lake FUBAR) we have these items we found when trying to  hunt down a news bit about Norway and methane emissions (off shore oil byproduct maybe).

Skimming the above stories makes one think maybe Texas Brine isn’t all that honest when they blame methane at Bayou Corne on “swamp gas” and act like they don’t know how to find out about it.

Important St. Helena Parish Water Hearing is Wed.

REMINDER -

If you have not already, please contact the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries about the use of water from the Amite River for fracking.

Under the Greenhouse Gas emissions agenda item we have sent around to Green Army again our points to help people compose letters to the editor. And there was a good letter in the BR Advocate this week supporting the Clean Power Plan written by Ron Curry, Administrator, USEPA Region 6. Also the Louisiana Public Service Commission has decided to go ahead with the Energy Efficiency programs which had been agreed to by all parties, then were suspended for six days, now they will proceed.

Under the Fracking agenda item Louisiana Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries is proceeding to hold a public hearing on Oct 29 to consider a Scenic Rivers permit application to withdraw water from the Amite River for fracking. The info is pasted in here below for your reference. We would like to see some turnout at the Oct 29 hearing to show that we don’t like our scenic rivers being used to supply water that will go into fracking and then will come back out as toxic waste.

Here is the info – LDWF will hold public hearing on Oct 29, 2014 to consider Scenic River permit application #906 to withdraw water from the Amite River for hydraulic fracturing. The permit application is submitted by Comstock Resources to withdraw 12.6 million gallons from the Scenic Amite River.

The hearing will be held on October 29
from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at:

St. Helena Parish Police Jury
17911 Highway 43 N
(Approximately 0.75 miles north of LA Hwy 10 along west shoulder of Hwy 43)
Greensburg, LA 70441

The public is invited to attend and provide comments to the Department. Written comments may be submitted now and will be accepted for a period of 15 days after the hearing. Written comments should be submitted to:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Scenic Rivers Program
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Keith Cascio
Scenic Rivers Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
368 CenturyLynk Drive
Monroe, Louisiana 71203
Phone: (318) 343-4045
Fax: (318) 345-0797

Caddo Bayou Contaminated by Pipeline Leak + News

Near Shreveport (NW Louisiana) – Crude oil spills into Caddo bayou, kills wildlife

MOORINGSPORT – A major crude oil spill discovered near here Monday that stopped just shy of Caddo Lake has already killed dozens of fish and some reptiles and will keep cleanup crews and regulatory agencies on site likely for months to come.

“I would call it a significant size spill,” Bill Rhotenberry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s federal on-scene coordinator said of the oil that leaked in a rural Caddo Parish bayou from a Mid-Valley Pipeline. . .

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New Orleans Times-Picayune – Oct. 20 – Brain-eating amoeba inquiry yields charges that 2 St. John employees lied about water samples

Volcano News – The Watchers - Evacuations ordered amid fears of Cerro Negro de Mayasquer eruption, Ecuador-Colombia < it could show up on helicorders

New Orleans Times PicayuneSt. Tammany Parish can proceed with fracking lawsuit, judge rules


Yellowston Updated

3:55 p.m. Update from the Office of Conservation

flyingcuttlefish:

TUESDAY update

Originally posted on Assumption Parish Police Jury:

Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Response Activity

Tuesday, October 21 work-

Sinkhole Activity Code 1 – indicating work is allowed on sinkhole and within containment berms. Seismic monitoring indicates no elevated levels of subsurface activity near sinkhole/Oxy 3/Oxy 2.  

ORW/CPT Wells

– Continuing pumping on ORWs 48 (north of containment berm), 54 (north of La 70, near west of Texas Brine facility entrance) and 57 (southeast of Oxy 9 well pad)

– Conducting bottom-hole pressure and depth-to-water measurements on ORWs to verify transducer readings

– Conducting pressure readings and monitoring of passive vent wells and bubble site caps

Containment/ Roads/ Sinkhole/Survey

– Conducting daily berm inspections

– Extending well pads for installation of aquifer monitoring wells MRAA 06D (east of Oxy 2 well pad) and 09D (southeast of Oxy 9 well pad)

– Conducting sampling of industrial water wells and sinkhole inflow

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Sunday – Anything Can Happen Day!

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We give up. We don’t have any idea what this wacky graph means (from LA12 today).

AND . . .  Monday there was a lot of fluid movement at 3 p.m..

In case it matters – there’s a ton of pretty big quakes lately down in Ecuador.

Energy Department: U.S. must act now on methane emissions

WASHINGTON — The United States can’t afford to wait until it understands the amount of methane escaping from oil and gas wells, pipelines and infrastructure before plugging those leaks, officials said Monday.

“We know enough to act,” said Judi Greenwald, a deputy director for climate, environment and efficiency at the Energy Department, . . .

. . . . Under a 2012 EPA rule, companies also have until until Jan. 1, 2015 to begin using so-called “green completion” equipment that can pare volatile organic compounds and methane emissions when natural gas wells are hydraulically fractured. The EPA could seek to expand that requirement to oil wells and could impose new requirements for compressors, pneumatic valves and other equipment.

Supreme Court denies Louisiana lawsuits against BP