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

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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.

Oil & Aquifers Don’t Mix!

With all of this destructive fracking everywhere using up lots of water and depositing their toxic wastes in lots of water we wonder what the heck is going on.

And we just found out nuke plants use immense amount of water every day and they return it to nature devoid of all life. Who knows what that does? And we didn’t know the Great Lakes are rapidly becoming a big nuke plant cooling pool.

Now Texas Brine wants a rush-through permit to dump in Bayou Corne. Where they have already endangered the Mississippi Alluvial Aquifer.

Then we heard, on an unrelated video (about Ukraine destabilization) that maybe what they want is to wreck all the aquifers they can.  The super rich are hell bent on privatizing water across the land and they hold the keys to the tap. If they can wreck fresh, free water they make lots more on their hellish scheme!

Listen for yourself (after 1:32 mark) -

LINK – http://youtu.be/D-7bvu1UQco

Wed. & Thurs. News

WEDNESDAY

New Orleans Times-PicayuneBayou Corne sinkhole: Texas Brine seeks permit to discharge wastewater at site, residents speak out < that paper has huge readership!

” . . . Greg Miller, a geologist hired by Cotten’s firm as a consultant, said the permit application “totally ignores” that discharging wastewater into the sinkhole could contaminate a usable groundwater source that exists between the water’s surface and the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer. . .  “

The Bugle also says this: “a HUGE thank you to the GreenARMY for their representation and support in opposition to this illegal request. A big shout out to those who made the very long drive here from all parts of the state to be in Napoleonville to support us… Nara Crawley, Glo Conlin, Cheryl Perret, Darryl Malek-Wiley and Wilma Subra were not only being there for support, but stepped up to the podium to verbalize their opposition to this travesty.”

Iceland news is really scary – Sinking Iceland volcano raises flood worries

THURSDAY

We will watch the weather next week as some big storms west of Florida may come across to the Gulf coast. There will be live updates on the right sidebar in the NOAA’s RSS feed.

STANDBY – Parish Blog has a scary update … (see above ).

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DEQ Trying to Hold a Public Meeting TUESDAY with Almost NO Notice

They are trying to pull a fast one!

PUBLIC HEARING AND REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON A DRAFT WATER DISCHARGE PERMIT

September 9, 2014

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m.,

at the Assumption Parish Community Center, Ballroom,

4910 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390.

PUBLIC NOTICE (sic)

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (LDEQ) TEXAS BRINE COMPANY, LLC / GRAND BAYOU (BAYOU CORNE) INCIDENT PUBLIC HEARING AND REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
ON
A DRAFT WATER DISCHARGE PERMIT & THE ASSOCIATED ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

DETAILS


Texas Brine and the Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality are trying to pull a fast one on the citizens of Assumption Parish. There was an emergency permit issued for TB to dump waste water from the vent wells and observation wells back into the sinkhole which is directly connected to the aquifer. Now, they are seeking to be allowed to do this permanently.

Fluid Movement Monday + News + Helicorders Screwy

fluid After 8:30 a.m. a pretty big sloshing went on. It shows on the LA12 helicorder. Negligent “monitor” staff have done nothing to fix the broken helicorder at LA10.    ….tick-tick-tick ….

TUESDAY

These helicorders are having bigger and bigger outages. That means no one is watching them or repairing them. LA14_Sep9_2014 The AdvocateEvacuated home near sinkhole burglarized, two arrested

WEDNESDAY

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LA10-03 shows sloshing at 1 a.m.. LA10-01 has been been broken all week and LA10-02 is “missing time” at 1 a.m.. It is missing quite a big chunk of time. The weather is perfectly clear at Assumption Parish so it isn’t a problem with lightening. Temporary, AR has an outage at the same time.

More helicorders are konking out.

LA21 still works. That’s it for working helis …. 21 and 10-03.

Canada, we have a problem!

ICELAND -  “Gravely concerned” about Bardarbunga

Increased subsidence in the caldera of Bardarbunga volcano is a cause for grave concern, due to possible large eruption and glacial flood, says Vidir Reynisson, director of the Civil Protection Agency in Iceland. The subsidence is thought to increase the likelyhood of an eruption in Bardarbunga. . . .

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