Did B. P. Have Foreknowledge of Spill?

Item – from Dave Hodges (2013)Who Had Foreknowledge of the Gulf Oil Spill?

“Goldman Sachs sold 44% of its BP Stock three weeks before the Oil Rig disaster. “

Related – 2010 item from NOAASpill of National Significance – Preparing for Oil Spill Disasters
US Coast Guard plan about it dated 2010  – 2 months before the disaster.
A 2013 USCG seminar on spills with the same title (maybe they do the drills periodically).

Tip sent in by Catbird - ;)

Largest methane seep in the world found off the eastern coast

This is from June – (sorry we missed it!)

From Jim Lee’s ResoNation

Largest methane seep in the world found off the eastern coast of U.S..

June 19, 2013 – SOUTH CAROLINA – On the seafloor just off of the U.S. East Coast lies a barely known world, explorations of which bring continual surprises. As recently as the mid-2000s, practically zero methane seeps — spots on the seafloor where gas leaks from the Earth’s crust — were thought to exist off the East Coast; while one had been reported more than a decade ago, it was thought to be one of a kind. But in the past two years, additional studies have revealed a host of new areas of seafloor rich in seeps. . . .

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!


Repost: Louisiana Sinkhole Collapses Into Aquifer: ‘Active Volcanic + Geothermal’

By Susan Duclos

 New reports on the Louisiana Bayou Corne sinkhole show that it has collapsed into the Aquifer, making this ever expanding sinkhole an issue not just for the residents of Bayou Corne, but for the entire region as polluted water now being flowing through what is normally clean aquifer water.

The video below not only shows the activity being seen, but splits the screen with the local meeting held where officials attempt to explain and answer questions from understandably concerned citizens. . . .


LINK –  http://youtu.be/INIWMzA0FHI

And this face book photo.

2 (old) Docs Show 3-D View of Lake FUBAR

Added to the Documents page today, these 2 papers have lots of info on where the gas bubbles are coming from. They say the old Hooker well pocket of gas is all spent.

  1. DNR – Bayou Corne 3D, 3D reflection seismic results (April 2013)
  2. LSU – Seismic Noise Test: Bayou Corne (Oct. 2012)

DNR paper -

  • Sinkhole fill disturbed area limited to depth of approximately 400 ft., is contained within berm, and remains far south of Hwy 70 and Bayou Corne
  • Small amount of residual Big Hum hydrocarbons near the Hooker # 1, serial # 20913, appears to have been liberated and virtually gone in recent survey
  • No evidence of multiple hydrocarbon zones as possible supply to sinkhole and MRAA

LSU paper -



We also found a comment-on-planned-project letter filed as part of the public record of Arlington Storage’s application to store natural gas in a salt cavern near Watkins Glen, N.Y. that is revealing.

This letter (at the end) notes the Bayou Corne disaster is still going on. They use the phrase the continuing salt cavern failure at Bayou Corne to describe it. So much for stability.

Related – Geologist Says Feds Made “Incredible Error” Ignoring Huge N.Y. Salt Cavern Roof Collapse

Louisiana Voice – Did Jindal tell us his brother’s law firm represents BP before signing SB 469? We didn’t get the memo from press office

We added this page, Methane – Everything you Didn’t Want to Know ,  from Pegasus Research Consortium on methane to the Methane page.


Does Civil Conspiracy Lawsuit (1997) From Jefferson Parish Apply to Texas Brine Crimes?

Although this effort failed (probably due to greased wheels) it is worth a look.

We found this article by way of a comment on ENE-News -

ForbesTexas Billionaire Builds Giant Nuclear Waste Dump

Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons has been called the king of Superfund sites. His companies, like publicly traded NL Industries, have over the years reportedly polluted numerous industrial sites with toxic metals and radiation. And another of his companies, Waste Control Specialists, is in the business of cleaning the messes up. It’s such a clever strategy that Dallas’ D Magazine in an insightful profile last year, called 79-year-old Simmons Dallas’  “most evil genius.”  . . . .

So we went to look up NL Industries to see if they are in Louisiana. NL started out as National Lead Company way back.

And we found out a lot about NL BAROID DRILLING FLUIDS INC

And then we tried to find out about ‘baroid’ and found this info about Haliburton all in on it. Whatever these baroids are the frackers are crazy about them! Cebo Holland has a page on them. A science paper featuring baroids.

And we found a heliport for fancy execs at LaFourche Parish- NL Baroid Heliport

We found this lawsuit from 1997 -
United States Court of Appeals,Fifth Circuit.
Letetia JEFFERSON, Individually and as Duly Qualified Legal Tutrix for Schanta Jefferson, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. LEAD INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION, INC.;  NL Industries, Inc.;  Atlantic Richfield Company;  Sherwin Williams;  SCM Corporation;  Glidden Company;  Fuller-O’Brien Corp., Defendants-Appellees.

The lawsuit failed :(  -

In our de novo review of the district court's dismissal of Jefferson's claim, we conclude that the district court not only reached the correct result but did so for the correct reasons.   Moreover, we are satisfied that we could not improve on the analysis of the district court as set forth in Judge Vance's clear, concise, and thorough ORDER AND REASONS filed on May 31, 1996.   We therefore incorporate her opinion herein by reference and attach a copy hereto as Appendix A.

Who is this this guy who kicked out the lawsuit? Judge Vance  United States Court of Appeals,Fifth Circuit.

Oops! confused  He was killed by a letter bomb . . . LETTER BOMB KILLS U.S. APPEALS JUDGE

That was his father who was killed. Dad’s bio.

Jr. had enemies there but industry sometimes creates these as a backdoor PR campaign.

Here is the goods – he took campaign money from Alabama Power.

Vance has raised more than $450,000 in his two months as a candidate, including from the pro-business BizPac and an employee political action committee of Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. (SO)”

More poop.