Rare Good News Thursday

Parish assessor wins salt dome ruling – $500K more in property taxes to be collected yearly

” . . .  He [Attorney Brian Eddington, who handled the case for the parish]  said probably the biggest of these other cases is in Assumption Parish where a sinkhole, linked to another salt dome cavern, has eaten homes and threatened a major highway. That sinkhole covers more than 29 acres and is continuing to expand.Eddington said 13 salt caverns exist in Assumption Parish and locals have been largely kept in the dark about them until now. . .  “

” . . .  [St. Landry Tax Assessor Rhyn Duplechain ]  Duplechain said six taxing districts cover the area where the salt dome caverns are located. They will now share in the $1.3 million in escrow as well as the added $500,000 a year. . . “

Good. They got a pot of money. Now they can put up live cams around Lake FUBAR and make the feed available to the public.


Thanks to community input the Awful Bill was stopped, sort of. It was delayed til next week. Sent in: “This bill was put off until next week. They must have chickened out!  “

The AdvocateJudge grants preliminary OK in sinkhole settlement

Tuesday News

The Advocate - Residents settle for $48 million in sinkhole lawsuit

KATC – Texas Brine reaches Bayou Corne sinkhole settlement

Mother JonesResidents Displaced by Massive Sinkhole Reach $48 Million Settlement With Mining Company

Thanks to Net Vibes for news links;)

Deborah Dupré – La. Sinkhole Nat’l Sacrifice Zone: Energy Refugees Settle, $48M

Washington PostVance McAllister is part of a long line of scandalized Louisiana politicians. A VERY long line.

The Advocate  – Court ruling may lead to higher taxes for salt caverns

“Some cavern owners like Dow, however, have claimed they followed the law, arguing the caverns are land confused, which means it’s not their job to report.”

The Parish Blog has an update. They are still on Code 1.

Stop an Awful Bill on Tuesday

Sent in: Please be aware that Rep. Robideaux’s HB862 takes away power from local governments.

Tomorrow, April 8,  HB 862 will be going before committee. This bill takes away the rights of local government and allows decision making concerning coastal management by the state. 


“How many parishes are aware of this bill which takes their decision making away? Why was this bill created? What has failed previously that this bill is required.

I appeal to you to contact your representatives today to stop this bill from moving forward if you want to protect your local government’s and our rights as citizens.”

Contact these four state senators who are “undecided”, and urge them to vote AGAINST SB 553 because it puts Louisiana citizens in harm’s way.  No law should be retroactive.

Sen A.J. Crowe (985) 643-3600                E-mail crowea ‘at legis.la.gov

Sen Dan Morrish (337) 824-3979                E-mail morrishd ‘at’ legis.la.gov

Sen Jonathan P. Perry (337) 643-6425        E-mail perryj ‘at’ legis.la.gov

Sen Conrad Appel (504) 838-5550                E-mail appelc ‘at’ legis.la.gov

You can call after hours if you wish and leave a message


Please support Bills by Senator Fred H. Mills to protect us from another Lake Peigneur type disaster by contacting your legislators.


  • SB584 SALT DOMES:  Prohibits the issuance of certain permits to create or convert a solution mined cavern in Vermilion and Iberia parishes.
  • SB585 MINERALS:  Requires public notice for certain solution-mined cavern permits in Vermilion and Iberia parishes.

Monday Wake Up Alarm Goes Off at 4 A.M.

At LA10-02


Lots of Central America seismic activity around Mexico -


Baton Rouge area – Storm dumps hail, takes off roof, causes scattered outages

The Lens – Oil and gas industry looking to kill lawsuits from Jefferson, Plaquemines over wetlands

Sinkhole Swallows Two Cars In Detroit, Car fell into hole moments after the first car was rescued

Weekend News & Weather Alert

Ecuador volcano eruptsMAP

We don’t know if the seismic activity on the monitors is from machinery and pumping at Lake FUBAR or from sloshing from all these far away geology events in Chile etc. heli_button

Investment Watch – Louisiana Bayou Corne Sinkhole: Burp, Slough-in

IND Reporter – Green Army pays Robideaux visit

Two reps from the group that calls itself the Green Army say state Rep. Joel Robideaux is dodging calls from his constituents who want answers on why he’s become a “waterboy” for the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. . .

New Orleans Times-Picayune If Legislature forbids levee lawsuits, Louisiana taxpayers will pay the price of coastal repairs: Mark Davis

Something happened at Lake FUBAR after 10:30 p.m. Sunday night. It shows best at LA21.


For Assumption Parish- … Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Monday afternoon… 


Find more about Weather in Napoleonville, LA
Click for weather forecast



Nature Runs Amok at Yellowstone < UPDATED

ItemActivity after 1 p.m. at Yellowstone today.

History: “The volcanic eruptions, as well as the continuing geothermal activity, are a result of a great cove of magma located below the caldera’s surface. The magma in this cove contains gases that are kept dissolved only by the immense pressure that the magma is under. If the pressure is released to a sufficient degree by some geological shift, then some of the gases bubble out and cause the magma to expand. This can cause a runaway reaction. If the expansion results in further relief of pressure, for example, by blowing crust material off the top of the chamber, the result is a very big gas explosion.”

Yelowstone is an 8 on the  VEI Index:  “super-colossal” (if it blows).

Documentary: Yellowstone National Park & the Caldera Super Volcano

LINK -  http://youtu.be/astR0Gjy8Ps

Before It’s News – Yellowstone Magma Chamber Animals Leaving Yellowstone? What Do They Know We Don’t Know?

OLD: Feb. 2 – Staggering Underground Activity At Yellowstone Lake (Volcano)

KTVU – Buffalo running from Yellowstone a feared sign of pending eruption

UPI – Yellowstone volcano: Could fleeing animals predicate eruption?

Some science people say don’t worry – Earthquake Shakes Yellowstone But No Volcano Threat Looms, Scientists Say  But evidently everybody is worrying – Animals Allegedly Fleeing Yellowstone Results In Yellowstone Volcano Search Trend. . . and those were not small quakes there this week.Yellowstone National Park rattled by largest earthquake in 34 years

Yellowstone fighting online supervolcano rumors

” . . .  Although the YouTube video says the animals are leaving, park spokesman Dan Hottle told the Jackson Hole Daily (http://bit.ly/1hcK4VV) that they are actually running toward the park’s interior and the volcano. “

Yellowstone animal exodus: Did they detect ‘something deadly’?

LINK -  http://youtu.be/cq6DK4U7Esg

LINK – http://youtu.be/pjAbRUmebyg

LINK -  http://youtu.be/uiAc4KI5iJY

Park official: Why do some animals leave the park? Winter.

Yellowstone Nat’l Park website – Volcano Questions & Answers

Montana – KPAX – Yellowstone fleeing’ bison video has Missoulians talking

Yellowstone Volcano Eruption: Scientists Proven Wrong About Supervolcano as Elk Flee Park?

Yellowstone ‘fleeing bison’ video goes viral, fuels super-volcano fears

Yellowstone Super Volcano! Releasing Thousand More Times Of Helium Steam Than Anticipated

Yellowstone, Something Very Bad Is Coming – John Moore  < has video

LINK -  http://youtu.be/hnhleMC-N2Q

LINK -  http://youtu.be/gnJAg0tj8As

LINK -  http://youtu.be/69frLk96xEw

BPEarthwatch (April 10) -

LINK -  http://youtu.be/HDR52MJ_Nww

Dutchsinse – 4/12/2014 — 4.9M (5.0M) Earthquake strikes the Western Yellowstone magma chamber

FISH DIE-OFF at Yellowstone:

LINK – http://youtu.be/L8I6R9FWMYM

LINK -  http://youtu.be/D-7qQFHDvLo

Cool time-lapse video . . . this may or may not be normal plane activity . . .

LINK -  http://youtu.be/IjspxsDHzmY


Yellowstone Nat’l Park WEB CAMS



Mar. 30 – KMVT – Earthquakes Reported At Yellowstone And Central Idaho
April 2 – KTVB – Could a big earthquake hit Idaho? < has video
April 10 – Earthquake near Challis biggest in Idaho since 2005 < has video

April 12 - 

LINK – http://youtu.be/SMKbEk53iUc

April 13 – 4.9-magnitude earthquake rattles central Idaho

April 13 – Volcanic “Red Alert” Issued For Idaho By EMERCOM Scientists

[snip] . . . “The “Red Alert” status for Borah Peak Mountain (the largest in Idaho), this report states, means that an eruption is forecast to be imminent with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere likely.. . .
. . . . Critical to note about Borah Peak Mountain and central Idaho, this report says, is that it is a part of what is called the Intermountain Seismic Belt (ISB) [photo map 1st right] which extends from Southern California and connects many of the Western United States regions, most particularly the Yellowstone Caldera, and is overdue for a catastrophic volcanic eruption event. . . .”

April 14 – 4.4 quake in Idaho

Idaho Earthquake Today 2014 Strikes Challis Again

LINK -  http://youtu.be/QnOksQIbkpY

  • M2.7 – 19km NNW of Challis, Idaho
  • M2.5 – 22km NNW of Challis, Idaho
  • M2.5 – 10km NW of Challis, Idaho
  • M2.5 – 25km NNW of Challis, Idaho

April 15 – Hundreds of earthquakes strike central Idaho, rattling nerves

(Reuters) – Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant. . . .

Lack Of Scientific Equipment In Idaho Makes Understanding Challis Earthquakes More Difficult

KIDK – Challis reacts to earthquake swarm

. . . . “The earthquakes are happening at 5 km, which is 3.1 miles. That’s 15,000 feet of rock that need to move a tenth of a foot a year,” said [BLM geologist]  Hendrick.
Challis sits close to the Lost River Fault, the site of Idaho’s biggest earthquake, a 6.9 in 1983. . .

Earthquake felt in valley Monday – Several temblors shake ground near Challis

LINK -  http://youtu.be/-SsAJZCU4qc

April 16 – Seismographs heading for central Idaho

We fell for this HOAX:     RED ALERT – a FAKE

A warning issued today by the Ministry of the Russian Federal for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM) has advised the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) that a “Red Alert” status level for the Borah Peak Mountain in Idaho (North America/United States) may be warranted in the coming weeks due to increased volcanic-seismic activity detected by both ground and satellite observations.

The hoax author is well known internet pest, Sorcha Faal.

RSOE fell for it too.

RT – Central Idaho rocked by hundreds of earthquakes


April 17 – NWCN - String of Idaho quakes prompts Utah team to setup new equipment < has video

Idaho earthquakes under scrutiny – State’s central part has had 25 small temblors in 3 weeks

M2.5 quake -  Challis, Idaho


Fluid Movement at Lake FUBAR at 10 P.M. Thursday + NEWS


It shows on many helicorders . . .  it looks like this (LA19):


 NOTE: Many large quakes in Central America after the big quake swarm (ongoing) in Chile. Wed. – a 5.9 quake in Panama … these may be showing also on the helicorders and sloshing everything around.

At 10:20 a.m. the monitors at LA10-01 and 02 went offline. Quake Watch guy gave a nice answer as to what might be going on there.


Oh, the helicorders aren’t turned off at LA10s. Check out Quake Watch‘s info for LA10-01 today. That’s what they don’t want people to see!

The Parish blog has an update today.

Deborah Dupré – Video Of Louisiana 30-Acre Sinkhole Eating Well Pad. People Next? Officials Worry

Police Blotter

FBI investigating FEMA for coastal flood map boundary changes, NBC reports

Potable Water Contaminated by East Poplar Oil Field Brines in Montana (USGS)

Utility criminally charged in fatal pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was charged on Tuesday with federal felony counts involving safety violations linked to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. . . .