2 cases of Enterovirus D68 in Baton Rouge area

Off Topic, but important -

WAFB – 2 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 in Baton Rouge area

BATON ROUGE, LA  – Baton Rouge health officials say two children have been treated at Our Lady of the Lake for Enterovirus D68. Officials add that there have been no deaths reported at this point in the state.

Health officials say 12 states now have respiratory illnesses caused by an uncommon virus – Enterovirus 68.

Physicians say this particular virus is more likely to severely sicken infants and teens, but most of those who are infected feel like they have a common cold.

EV-D68 presents with cold-like symptoms, such as fever, coughing, body aches and a runny nose. It may also cause breathing problems or wheezing. When parents notice high fever, dehydration or trouble breathing they should immediately take their child in to see their primary care provider or to see a provider at an urgent care clinic. (MORE)

http://m.wafb.com/wafb/db_346447/contentdetail.htm?full=true&contentguid=l0HLuxay&pn=&ps=#display

 

News Bits

Tuesday

Attorney Stuart Smith opines on Texas Brine’s water discharge permit deal – A terrible quick fix for the Louisiana sinkhole

Wednesday

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At 1:34 a.m. something shook up Lake FUBAR … but not all of the helicorders went off. There was a 6.7M quake in Guam at 1:14 a.m. CST.

Temorary, Arkansas showed it too.  LA10-01 and 02 are broken.

LA10-03, LA12 etc. showed it clearly but, oddly, LA17-01 (lower borehole) did not and neither did LA21. LA21 shows a big ding at 3 a.m..

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Thursday

Seismic activity returned around 6:45 a.m.. Some helicorders show ‘fuzz’ and no big dings and others look like this:

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Jumping Jack Flash has an announcement about a book. He is interesting.

Crosstex is moving butane - from their dangerous cavern. Sept. 17 report, Sept. 18 report.

Agency can look at rig owner’s role in oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board’s right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.
Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was drilling for BP PLC at its Macondo well, about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast when an explosion killed 11 workers and led to the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.

Environmental groups crank up heat on methane mandates

WASHINGTON _ Environmental groups on Thursday pressured the Obama administration to clamp down on methane leaking from the oil and gas sector by imposing new regulations targeting wells, valves and other infrastructure….

Friday

Strange Sounds – Earthquake Map: Dangerous US Earthquake Hot Spots Beyond California < has video

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Fluid movement at LA12 at 10:14 p.m. with a big spike after about 20 minutes.

Monday News + Iceland Update

BBC – Weak wells not fracking caused US gas leaks into water

A new study suggests that the contamination of drinking water by shale gas is due to faulty wells and not hydraulic fracturing.
Researchers in the US analysed the gas content in 130 water wells in Pennsylvania and Texas.
They were able to trace the methane found in the water to problems with the casing or lining of wells drilled to extract the gas….

Slow Drip Iceland –

Surface Still Lowering in Bárðarbunga

The eruption seems to be concentrated at the middle crater on the fissure at Holuhraun, but the ice at Bárðarbunga crater is still lowering, indicating that some changes are occurring. It is feared that an eruption could start in the volcano, causing ash dispersion and floods. However, all is quiet at the moment according to the Icelandic Met Office.
No changes in the eruption have been observed since midnight. Around 40 quakes have been detected in Bárðarbunga and the dike, and a few tremors near Herðubreið and Herðubreiðartögl.

Seismologists predict another Icelandic volcano is about to blow

” … Because of the connection between the fracture and the volcano, the concern has been that magma will rise beneath the glacier between the fissure and the volcanic crater. “So there is a real possibility of a showdown between the magma and ice,”…”

Weekend News

SATURDAY

Low level seismos continue – fluid movement Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. and then off to the races at 7 a.m..

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Contractor dies in Chevron pipeline accident off Louisiana coast

Florida Tops Natural Risk Exposure List (Louisiana is #3)

SUNDAY

Fuzz continues on the helicorders Sunday. At 2:11 p.m. there was a long slosh. LA12 show it.

3.2 quake at Snyder, Texas

Silent forces of destruction: Sinkholes capable of swallowing homes, trees, even Corvettes < has mention of Bayou Corne

The was a big Enviro Jouros’ Meeting and it paid attention to Lake FUBAR :)

Society of Environmental Journalists explores Louisiana’s issues: What others are saying

Get off your butt and report By Eric Freedman

2013 article on journos and Bayou Corne (we missed it) – Red StateThe Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Part I: Ridiculing the PressPart 2

 

 

Solar Storm Friday, Iceland Crater Unstable (?)

Solar Storms Sending Biggest Threats to Earth Today and Tomorrow

Global positioning system and radio transmissions may be degraded through tomorrow as two solar eruptions strike Earth and affect its magnetic field.

The U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center is tracking two two coronal mass ejections, “huge expulsions of magnetic field and plasma” that shot out of an area near the center of the sun’s disc.

“Essentially the sun just shot out a magnet and it is about to interact with another magnet, Earth’s magnet,” William Murtagh, program coordinator of the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center, said yesterday. When the ejections reach Earth, they will touch off geomagnetic storms that are forecast to last at least until tomorrow. . . .

Will this solar storm affect helicords’ display? Will anyone provide backup observation (like going to Lake FUBAR and looking at it)?    heli_button

At 4 a.m. Lake FUBAR got the grumbles. we doubt it is cultural noise as  work doesn’t usually start there before sun up.

We should pay attention to the weather now as storms from the east close in. Extra rain means extra weight on fragile cavern walls in Lake FUBAR!
Weather Channel –  Tropical Disturbance Brews In Gulf of Mexico

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

Texas – Fracking Company Sues Man For Lighting His Water On Fire

2.5 quake in Arlington, Texas

Three Earthquakes Rattle Texas So Far This Week

“… Earthquakes are often accompanied by loud “booms,” something that has become a source of anxiety in newly quake-prone parts of the state.”

Fracking Report: Residents near gas wells twice as likely to report symptoms, study finds

ICELAND –  “It Will Be Unlike Anything Ever Seen in Recorded History”

►”Scientists are now gravely concerned that the crater floor will soon collapse into a miles deep underground cavern filled with boiling white hot magma.

►”There’s 1 trillion gallons of water in the ice in Bardabunga crater.

►”When that falls into a lake of magma it will instantly flash into steam expanding 600 times in volume.

►”The magma, suddenly no longer contained by the crater floor and 1 trillion gallons of water will act like a shaken soft drink can when the top is popped.

“It will be an event unlike anything ever seen in recorded history.

[ article comments say the crater is not all so dangerous - FC ]

LINK –  http://youtu.be/PQ70u_UISrA

 

8:55 a.m. Update from the Office of Conservation

flyingcuttlefish:

OXY 3 —- DUCK N’ COVER!!

New(ish) Crosstex update

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Originally posted on Assumption Parish Police Jury:

The Office of Conservation and Assumption Parish Incident Command are reporting that seismic monitoring early Tuesday detected a brief period of increased seismic activity that appears to have been located in or near the eastern wall of the original Oxy Geismar 3 cavern. Though the number of micro-seismic events was elevated for several minutes, the number and strength were lower than have been witnessed in previous major events, and quickly diminished. Conservation and Assumption Parish Incident Command will continue to monitor the situation and advise the public of any developing concerns.

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More on Texas Brine’s Waste (Toxic) Water Dump Plan

The AdvocateTexas Brine’s plans to discharge water into sinkhole draws concerns < has good graphic

Texas Brine Co.’s push for a five-year state permit to discharge salty groundwater with traces of benzene and toluene into the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole has drawn concerns from environmentalists and landowners near the swampland hole in Assumption Parish.

From Texas Brine -

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Sent in:

To those who wish to voice their opposition,

DEQ will be accepting comments until 4:30 pm CST, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014.

Email your comments to DEQ.PUBLICNOTICES  ‘at’   LA.GOV

FAX to (225) 219-3309

Be sure to add the following at the top of your comments and put it in the “subject” portion of your email to make double sure that it gets in the right place: AI Number 182981, Permit Number LA0126917, and Activity Number PER20140001.

Here is what diligent resident, Mike Schaff has to say:

To:    Ms. Peggy Hatch
Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Re:    AI Number 182981, Permit Number LA0126917, and Activity Number PER20140001, Texas Brine, LLC,

MS. Hatch,
I would like to begin by reminding you of your department’s Mission Statement: “To provide service to the people of Louisiana through comprehensive environmental protection in order to promote and protect health, safety and welfare…”
I’ve lived in Assumption Parish my entire life. For more than century prior to the mid 1960’s, my family and our ancestors drew water from the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer (MRAA) for our potable water needs. With the advent of solution mining in the late 50’s, this water source slowly deteriorated to the point where we were required to find a new source for our water requirements.

That new source, purification of water from the Mississippi River via Bayou Lafourche, has failed us many times over the past few decades. In just the past two years since the sinkhole occurred, we’ve received several letters AFTER THE FACT that our water supply did not meet the required standards the month PRIOR to the letter being issued.

The point here is that man has not been very successful in trying to construct filters as efficient as Mother Nature has done herself.  We must not consider this aquifer a lost cause due to man’s voracious appetite for our finite resources. We MUST protect what little water supplies that we have… we must never let our decisions be made on what is more cost effective in the short term, but on what needs to be done to reverse the effects of the damages caused by this industry.

Keeping in mind that the sinkhole is directly connected to the aquifer, by allowing Texas Brine to return waste water from these vent wells is akin to allowing BP to skim the oil from the Gulf of Mexico and then dumping it back in the Gulf in a different location since it would not affect the quality of the water prior to skimming. This is ludicrous.

I ask you this question, Ms. Hatch, would you allow this waste water to be dumped into the Southern Hills aquifer in Baton Rouge? Would Texas Brine allow this waste to be trucked back to Texas and dumped into their own aquifers?

I think we know the answer to both of those questions. You would not allow it, as well you should not, we here in Bayou Corne and Assumption Parish demand that you not allow it here either.

The actions, inactions, statements and example that your department has set over the past 29 months in regard to the Bayou Corne / Grand Bayou manmade human environmental disaster has led to an extreme mistrust by most of us in the community of DEQ and the other state agencies. This is a chance for you to begin to heal those wounds… a chance for you to abide by your Vision Statement: “To be a respected steward of the State's environment.”

We respectfully request that you deny this permit application and have Texas Brine dispose of their waste water in an environmentally sound fashion by industries set up and properly licensed to deal with such wastes or by filtering and treating this water through industrial systems as required by all other members of industry in our state.

For the environment,

Mike Schaff
Resident of Paradise Stolen
Bayou Corne, Louisiana

 


 Scroll down to Sept. 8 to see earlier post on the meeting with more info.