Arkansas Nuke Plant Fire – at Arkansas Nuclear One Nuclear Power Plant. They say it’s a transformer fire.
video update here:
Over the course of the past 48 hours, December 7th, through December 9th 2013 -- a series of moderate sized earthquakes has struck directly along the edge of the North American Craton.
This newest craton edge earthquake swarm consists of upper 3.0M and mid-4.0M earthquakes occurring just South of Yellowstone National Park (supervolcano). Still well within the newly defined…
Craton plate news
We have had sent in some papers about mud lumps.
“Mudlump islands are surface manifestations of intrusive clay masses that result from depositional processes at the mouths of major Mississippi River distributaries. The stratigraphy and structure of mudlumps at the South Pass mouth have been studied by means of a drilling and coring program which included drilling holes to a depth of 700 ft. Subsurface information obtained establishes the relationship between older shelf and prodeltaic river deposits and younger, progradational delta-front and river-mouth bar sediments.”
Mudlumps at the Mouths of the Mississippi - from LSU
‘Mud Lump’ Leads To Damage At Nola Walf - 2008 article from Waterways Journal Weekly
This National Geographic article on the big 2011 earthquake that hit Japan has a lot about clay sediments on the seafloor -
The 2011 Japan Tsunami Was Caused By Largest Fault Slip Ever Recorded
Clay lubricated the fault zone in the Japan trench, producing the devastating tsunami, researchers say.
At least some crew are at the site working Saturday according to LA14‘s helicorder.
Monitor locations -
LINK - http://youtu.be/fKZI3XHfpCE
Vulcan Says Texas Brine Counsel Conflicted In Sinkhole Suit
Vulcan Materials Co., a third-party defendant in a consolidated class action accusing Texas Brine Co. LLC of causing a potentially dangerous sinkhole, asked a Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday to disqualify Texas Brine’s counsel, saying Kean Miller LLP has served as counsel to Vulcan for decades.
The move comes after U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey granted class certification in May to a group of property owners and residents in the suit accusing Texas Brine and an Occidental Petroleum Corp. unit of causing the multiacre sinkhole that emerged last year in the swamplands of Bayou Corne following the alleged collapse of an underground salt dome cavern excavated by Texas Brine. Judge Zainey found that the plaintiffs, a group from Assumption Parish, La., had shown that the potential class was large enough and had enough in common that they were best served by their claims going forward together.
Vulcan wasn’t an original party to any of the lawsuits, but Texas Brine sued Vulcan as a third-party defendant, seeking contractual indemnification and fault-based contribution. Vulcan now says the disqualification of Texas Brine’s counsel in the proceeding is warranted and necessary, and urges the court to prevent Kean Miller — as well as Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC — from serving as Texas Brine’s counsel. . . .
. . . . The plaintiffs are represented by class counsel Calvin C. Fayard Jr. of Fayard & Honeycutt APC, among others.
Vulcan is represented by Roy C. Cheatwood, Kent A. Lambert, Adam B. Zuckerman and Tyler K. Weidlich of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.
Texas Brine is represented by Bradley C. Myers, Glenn M. Farnet, Troy J. Charpentier and Katie D. Bell of Kean Miller LLP.
The lead case is Lisa T. LeBlanc et al. v. Texas Brine Co. LLC et al., case number 2:12-cv-02059, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. . . . (more)
The Advertiser on Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré – ‘Hero of New Orleans’ Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré sets his sights on the environment
Helicorders still jumpy. LA14 -
New Orleans Times-Picaune – East Bank levee authority votes to reaffirm wetlands damage lawsuit against energy companies
By Mark Schleifstein
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East voted 5-3 during a special meeting Thursday (Dec. 5) to reaffirm its decision to file suit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies to force them to restore damaged wetlands outside the East Bank levee system or pay for damage that cannot be restored. . . .
Watch for planted stories, letters to the editor, Op-Ed pieces and trolls saying “lawyers take all the money and don’t care about the ecology”, “these law suits are hurting our economy”, “lawyers steal all the money they win in lawsuits”, “plaintiffs are abusing the legal system because they are sue-happy, unbalanced nuts” etc. etc.
Oil companies and their reps pay huge fees to scallywags like Stratfor to spew dis-info when their clients get caught being bad.
Lake FUBAR calmed down overnight. Tired out after a solid week of great seismic activity below. The big freeze affecting Texas won’t hit south Louisiana it seems.
(12-3) DOTD has some news!
In light of the most recent developments involving a second cavern [HUH??] located closer to LA 70, DOTD is moving forward with plans for enhanced and automated, continuous monitoring of LA 70 and the three area bridges (Bayou Corne, Grand Bayou and Bayou Choupique) for movement and subsidence. These enhancements include the installation of tilt and accelerometer sensors on all three bridges, and Shaped-Accelerometer Arrays (SAA) located between the LA 70 right-of-way and the sinkhole, and at the two closest bridge locations to measure movement. (120 feet in length; measure vertically and horizontally)
Of interest from Climate Viewer (science) – Locating Deeply Buried Facilities - is the DNR still really trying to say they don’t know where all the abandoned wells are in Louisiana?
HOUSTON — Royal Dutch Shell said Thursday it is abandoning plans for a massive gas-to-liquids plant envisioned for Louisiana, citing poor economics for the project that was expected to cost more than $20 billion.
The plant would have turned natural gas into diesel, jet fuel and other liquids, but the company determined that it would be too costly.
This is why we have a bee in our bonnet about the New Madrid Fault Zone activity lately -
ANF map today:
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Earthquakes, explosions and compression waves - a paper from The Institute of Geophysical Research, Kurchatov, Kazakhstan [in English]
This has info on faults and direction of stress.
“Focal mechanisms of “abnormal explosions” and earthquakes are oblique reverse faults along the planes of north-west or north-east extension corresponding to direction of main fault system direction: Karatayu and Northern Tien Shan.”
And something on strain release energy during quakes. These are all from the nuke watchdog site. But they seem suspiciously like big time nuke promoters.
Old but good:
LINK - http://youtu.be/zTrao_82dtI
NBC 6 – Dozens of Whales Stranded in Everglades National Park
A pod of 20-30 whales has been stranded in shallow waters in a remote area of Everglades National Park, officials said
Crosstex has an update -
The Advocate reports - An Addis man owes the owners of an Assumption Parish company $114,969 for pumping 380,000 gallons of unauthorized industrial wastewater down their injection well, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in Baton Rouge.
LINK - http://youtu.be/TSHB9DW4NTI
The ANF Map shows a lot of activity in the New Madrid Failt Zone today (3 red squares).
Again with the bon fires! Fire + methane = Happy New Year! (in Heaven!)
“The tradition of lighting Christmas Eve bonfires — typically more than 100 of them in St. James Parish in the Lutcher and Gramercy areas — may have had its beginnings as far back as the 1800s or even earlier.” – - before there was methane gas everywhere and H2S!!!
DIXIE, LA (KSLA) - A Dixie, Louisiana family made a startling discovery recently when they lit a flame next to the water coming out of their household faucet and it burst into flames. They don’t live far from a natural gas drilling site, but experts say that may have nothing to do with it.
The Parker family has two houses on property that shares a private well. They explained they’ve been having issues with their water for about a year, but didn’t know how serious it was until now.
“Especially in the morning, you come in and turn the water on and there is so much air pressure in the lines that is just blows water everywhere, you’re soaked,” said Sarah Evans, who was visiting her parents from out of town, when she came up with the idea to put a lighter to her parents’ faucet.
“I did it because I’d seen it on TV before and a flame came up,” she said. That’s when she walked next door to her brother’s house, that’s connected to the same well, and did the same thing. “His water blew up and caught the fringe of the curtains, that is how high the flames came up,” Evans explained.
That’s not the only strange thing that happened with their water. The Parkers also claim their 17-year-old daughter, Meaghan, has passed out while doing the dishes. “My dad came out and tried to talk to me, he said I leaned back, let go, and hit the floor.” Meaghan says she went to the hospital, but doctors couldn’t pinpoint the reason for her fainting spell.
Dixie is up in the North West corner of Louisisana (MAP). Far from Bayou Corne.
The state Department of Revenue should improve the way it collects oil and gas severance taxes because the state may be losing out on potentially millions of dollars of revenues under the existing program, according to an audit released Monday
On retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré – Katrina General Capitol-Bound
““I’ve been told over and over that if you really want to change things, you have to change policies and laws,” he told LaPolitics. “We’re going to start drafting legislation and we’re working on it right now. Everyone says what I want to do is impossible. It’s not impossible.”
Honoré is still looking for legislative sponsors for his “environmental justice” package of bills, but he said there’s a large team—dubbed the “Green Army”—already working on the proposals. It will be a true grassroots effort, he added, and if lobbyists want to join up, they’ll have to do so pro bono.”