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!

Heli_ANI
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

Arizona Area: Methane Hotspot

flyingcuttlefish:

On methane topic ….

Originally posted on Nature Runs Amok at Yellowstone:

Four Corners Region of The United States Has Huge Methane Concentration in Its Atmosphere- Satellite Image shows

“Satellite data has spotted a large cluster of methane gas that covers the sky over a portion of the southwestern United States. The finding shows that the EPA or Environmental Protection Agency is dramatically failing to appreciate the severity of methane leaks into the atmosphere. Residents of the affected area are not affected by methane levels, however, this is one of the factors creating global warming. The leaks take place when methane is pumped into coal mines. Methane levels are starting to worry scientists. . . . “

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NW Louisiana Boom

Lunar Meriorite Hunters‘ big scoop:

Louisiana X-37B Loud Boom – Mystery Solved
SECRET X-37B Re-entry Path Over Shreveport, LA. 13OCT2014 — Controlled Deceleration of the Craft Caused the Loud Boom!

A Loud ‘Boom’ Rattled Northwestern Louisiana And The National Weather Service Has Spotted A ‘Debris Field’

Shreveport is just 30 miles west of Minden.  MAP:

More on the secret aircraft/space weapon/expensive project – Mysterious U.S. military space plane’s secret two year mission is nearly over but conspiracy theories continue

7.3 Quake in Nicaragua

It was at 10:51 p.m. Monday night CST. REPORT.

It is on the Pacific side…. no tsunami warning. It was very shallow.

The Watchers – Massive earthquake M7.3 hit off the coast of Nicaragua

Many large aftershocks. USGS list .  And a big S. American volcano is grumbling:

Copahue enters a new phase of increased activity, Chile-Argentina

Heli_ANI

It rocked Lake FUBAR … but the helicorders were already very active. LA12 shows it. LA14 shows huge seismic activity lingering for over an hour after the quake.