Dear DEQ,

Why did you accept Crosstex’s worst-case scenario plan sent to you Aug. 15, 2012 when they evaded the issue of their huge butane caverns at Bayou Corne blowing up like this big 1992 LPG explosion from a salt dome  storage cavern  in Wesley, Texas? The explosion then was an accident waiting to happen.

You know between ½ and 1½ million BARRELS of butane get stored in Crosstex’s cavern. Not 800-900 GALLONS. You should have rejected that letter when it landed on you desk!

Crosstex’s pumping large amounts of butane into a cavern in a seismically unstable and unpredictable area of Bayou Corne needs to be stopped.

DEQ has the power to stop this.


 

From this April 7, 2012 Texas newspaper article –  Salt dome explosion: 20 years later -

Before the sun came up on April 7, 1992, an alarm sounded at Mid-America’s 24-hour monitoring station in Tulsa, Okla. A sensor warned a dispatcher that there was hazardous gas escaping from an underground storage cavern — a salt dome — about 475 miles away in rural Wesley, Texas, about 60 miles from Houston.

Three dispatchers in Tulsa monitored the company’s 10,000 miles of pipeline, along with its gas storage facilities. The one in Wesley was unattended 16 hours each day and was operated by Seminole Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Mid-America Pipeline.

[ UNATTENDED - perhaps like the Crosstex caverns that they claim have 24/7 observation. DEQ, do you ever check up on them? ]

A minute after the first alarm came at 6:09 that Tuesday morning, one of the dispatchers called a 28-year-old Seminole worker who lived in Brenham and asked him to go to the facility to investigate the source of the alarm. Both the dispatcher and the worker — neither of whom had ever practiced responding to a disaster in a mock situation — assumed if the cavern overfilled with gas that a safety system would shut it down automatically and seal the cavern, preventing vapors from escaping into the air.

[ NO PRACTICE FOR EMERGENCIES - DEQ, when we know workers are not allowed to wear mandatory gas masks or use other safety equipment do you really think they ever practice how to handle a storage facility failure when they can't even type out a worst case scenario for it on paper? ]

[ WORKERS ASSUMED AUTO SHUT-OFF WOULD KICK IN - and their response was not vital. DEQ, do you know if Crosstex employees and subcontractors know what to do in an emergency or that automatic systems can fail? ]

Not in a rush, the worker took a shower, dressed, stopped at a convenience store for a Diet Coke and arrived at the cavern about 20 minutes later. He immediately noticed a large cloud of what looked like fog engulfing the facility. He tried to turn off the engine of his diesel truck, but the motor kept running on the airborne gas vapor.

[ SLOW RESPONSE and TRUCK ENGINE STAYED ON - DEQ, do workers have training in rapid response? Do workers know escaped gasses will keep their cars and trucks running and cannot be switched off? ]

He realized he couldn’t make it to the facility’s manual shut-off valve, so retreated to a house of a nearby resident. He called back to dispatch and mentioned there was gas in the field (but not beyond), then called his supervisor, who ordered the worker to evacuate the area and get to safety, staying far from the vapor cloud.

[ INACCURATE ASSESSMENT OF EMERGENCY BY UNTRAINED WORKER - DEQ, do workers get instruction on the behavior of vapor clouds and other butane and LPG emergencies? ]

The residents who lent their phone told him that a school bus was expected down County Road 19, so he ignored his boss’s instruction and headed into the vapor cloud, attempting to stop the bus and get to the main facility to shut off the gas. When mixed with oxygen, the worker knew that natural gas liquid vapors are extremely flammable and capable of explosive ignition.

[ FLAMMABLE VAPORS - DEQ, you let Crosstex tell you in their letter of Aug. 15, 2012 that the butane would remain in a liquid sate no matter what when you know this is not true. DEQ, you know that when air comes into contact with butane it becomes a flammable hazard with high potential for explosion. ]


 

DEQ, you know this.

DEQ, you accepted that incomplete and evasive plan for worst case scenario from Crosstex knowing it isn’t worth the paper it is written on.

DEQ, when the inevitable happens, YOU will bear equal responsibility for what happens at Bayou Corne!

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Crosstex NEVER Did a Worst-Case-Scenario of a Cavern Fail at Bayou Corne!

They did a pipeline fail scenario INSTEAD!

We were looking at the Aug. 15, 2012 letter Crosstex sent to DEQ with that Worst-Case-Scenario plan to see if they ever did any updates since then. They didn’t.

But look at what they call a “scenario”!

They put it as a pipeline fail and only deal with 8,400 GALLONS of butane getting out of a pipe.
That is ONLY 266.6 BARRELS!!!

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266.6 BARRELS IS NOT THE WORST CASE, CROSSTEX!

And, DEQ, you know it too!

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Lots of Grumbling at Lake FUBAR Wed. – and a BIG THUMP Thurs. at 5:04 A.M.

WEDNESDAY GRMBLES
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It looks pretty calm at Lake FUBAR. The grumbles died down then a giant THUMP at 5:04 a.m.. Shows here at LA12 -

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Oddly, it shows BIGGER on the surface of LA10 than at the bottom borehole.

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Lots of rain due all week at Bayou Cornestarting Friday.

Get ready for a sh*t storm on Aug. 2ndStrange Sounds - There is an incoming solar storm with Earth-directed component
On July 30, 2014, a dark magnetic filament erupted from the Sun surface!
“Scientists have calculated that this sun storm will alter Earth’s magnetic field on August 2nd. The storm cloud should create auroras in the northern sky.”

Residents: Reminder on How to Leave if Hwy 70 Closed

Crosstex had a merger and has a new name – since Jan. – EnLink Midstream is their new name.
Crosstex Energy, Devon Energy to be known as EnLink Midstream

“. . . The deal will combine Crosstex with the midstream assets of Devon, an independent oil and gas driller based in Oklahoma City. The new company will control more than 6,400 miles of pipeline, serving fields including the Barnett Shale and Eagle Ford, the companies said in October. “

 

Tues. -Seismic Activity Near Oxy 3 (and then helicorders konk out there) Explained + Big Mexico Quake Sloshes Lake FUBAR

A false alarm story -

This looks fishy. Lots of seismic activity shows on the SE corner of Lake FUBAR, where the new-new berm is sinking and then the helicorders at that area all konk out. At about 2 p.m. Monday and they are still off-line. Here is LA18 - it is still working and shows constant grumbles going on.

The trouble is near home base on this map -

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Parish Blog Update: They went back to CODE 1 … maybe someone pulled a plug.

Oh, . . .  it says …

“- Replacing data cards on seismic monitoring equipment”.  So that is why everything is blank.

Newer Parish Blog Update - (oops!) confused back to CODE 2!

UPDATE – BIG MEXICO QUAKE

At 5:46 A.M. CST there was a giant 6.3 quake in Mexico. It is more near the Gulf than the Pacific but not on the coast. It severely sloshed Lake FUBAR for over half an hour as seen on this (working) helicorder at LA18. fluid

What does all of this big sloshing over self-made and external seismic events do to the damaged cavern walls?

More from Dutchsinse – 6.3M earthquake strikes Mexico — Unrest picking up in pace

 

TUESDAY NEWS

We updated the last post about the crater in Siberia because they found a third one(!).

The ANF map shows 2 big 5.6 quakes today that USGS isn’t showing. ONE IS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO! The other one is on Missouri and Arkansas border.

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Thanks to Harriette for the tip - ;)

Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Coral Communities Is Deeper and Broader than Predict  – the article mentions all kinds of fancy stuff at U. Of Miss. that could easily be used to look at Lake FUBAR.

 

Large Seismic Ding at 1 A.M. Saturday & Weekend News

SATURDAY

I think the bigger jump on the monitors is on the SE corner of Lake FUBAR next to the incredible amount of butane.

LA21 shows the “Ding” at 1:10 a.m.  The parish blog says they are keeping the Code 2 status.
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Oddity – 1 a.m. seems to be prime time for Lake FUBAR to turn into an underwater disco. Check out previous headlines here with “1 a.m. ” in the title!

8:30 p.m. Sat. eve –  
6.0 quake out in the Atlantic - between Jamaica and Africa <  MAP.
  It showed up as fluid movement at 8:45 p.m. at Lake FUBAR – seen on LA18 helicorder.

UPDATE

The 6.0 figure comes from USGS but RSOE says it was 6.6 plus there were 2 big ones next to it. All late Sat. at 10:28 except the 5.7 was at 8:28.  If they all went off at 28 min. after the hour … were they man-made/oil drilling?

Reports – 6.6, 5.7, 5.6

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Scientists discover why the Appalachian mountain chain bends

If you took a bird’s-eye view of the Appalachian mountain chain, you could pretty much trace a 1,500-mile straight line from Newfoundland to Alabama, notes Nature World News.

Except, that is, for a little squiggle in New York and Pennsylvania. So what on earth could make a mountain chain bend like that? Geologists think they’ve figured out the answer, and it’s not so much “on earth” as “in earth”—namely, an underground volcanic rock about 60 miles by 280 miles in dimension. . . .

Vermilion Parish – Instead of DEQ fines, plant sees tax breaks after explosion

Multi-Chem, a Halliburton-owned business that blends chemicals for oilfield production, including fracking, paid no state environmental fines when its New Iberia plant exploded in 2011.

Instead, the company received an expedited environmental permit to build a new plant in Vermilion Parish without public notice or a public hearing and was granted $1.8 million in state property tax exemptions over a 10-year period to build the new plant. . . .

. . . .  DEQ scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the North Vermilion High School cafeteria, 11609 La. Highway 699, Maurice.

St. Tammany Parish - ‘Fracking’ site could affect Louisiana’s wetlands

SUNDAY

A jump on the helicorders at 12:06 a.m. and at 6:10 a.m. – seen on LA12.

What Happened at Lake FUBAR at 6 A.M. Friday???

Something BIG.  Seismos + fluid movement.

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It shows on LA12 -

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To get into the spirit of the Code 2 declaration, Crosstex is ADDING a lot more butane to the cavern next to sunken berm corner!

On July 13 it had 498,803 barrels in Well #1.

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jarheads …

Wal-Mart Preps for New Madrid Fault Big One

Wal-Mart Preparing For A Major Earthquake On The New Madrid Fault?

By Michael Snyder
Buried in a Wall Street Journal article from about a week ago was a startling piece of information. According to a Wal-Mart executive, Wal-Mart “participated in an exercise to prepare for an earthquake on the New Madrid fault line” earlier this summer. And officials at the U.S. Geological Survey have just released a report which indicates that they believe that the New Madrid fault zone has the “potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought“.