“…Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.”
The helicorders at Lake FUBAR were pretty quiet until noon then they started up and then sputtered. LA18 shows it.
The Advocate – Judge tells sinkhole lawyers to settle taxpayers’ claims
NAPOLEONVILLE — The state district judge presiding over year-old lawsuits seeking reimbursement of state and parish costs from the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole urged Texas Brine Co. and its insurers Monday to turn their attention away from internal battles over coverage and focus on settling the primary legal claims seeking to recover taxpayer dollars.
Judge Guy Holdridge, of the 23rd Judicial District, told a courtroom of more than two dozen lawyers from Texas Brine Co., its insurers, and state and Assumption Parish government that he has dealt with similar cases in the past involving multiple insurers and millions of dollars in claims and that the sheriff’s and Police Jury’s claims, in particular, are worth just several hundred thousand dollars each.
“My frustration is why are we working and kneading me up as a judge over these small claims, and I’m having to deal with 1,000 New Orleans lawyers. I don’t know why we are doing this,” Holdridge said at the Assumption Parish Courthouse in Napoleonville. . . .
There has been fewer posts here than usual because news from Bayou Corne has slowed to a trickle …
There’s been almost no updates posted lately from DNR.
- The last peep from DHH was in 2012.
- The last Tetra Tech update was 2-19.
- The last Texas Brine update for the Conservation Dept. was 2-19.
- The last public briefing report was 3-11.
- The last work plan was in April, 4-28.
- The last peep from the Blue Ribbons was in March.
- The last declaration from Baton Rouge was 3-18.
- The last subsidence information was one report in January then silence.
- The last data sample update from DNR was from 2012 then silence.
- The last DNR photo and maps update was in May.
- The last inspection report was 7-31. Pretty recent compared to other reports.
- The last Situation Summary was 7-9. The summary has info from USGS that is from 7-9 for the last entry. On p. 49 the Science Group says they last held their monthly (sic) meeting on 2-19.
- DOTD has a situation summary too and things seem to be on different pages than the document above. It has an August date on it. DOTD last posted roadway test data for 2-26. Their last roadway survey is just as old. On the roads they surveyed the one for Hwy 70 is the same date but the data in the document is from 2012(!).
- There have been no photos since 2013.
- There was an Assumption Parish Police Jury meeting on July 23 but they just talked about drainage.
The Texas Brine Action Plan was pretty recent, Aug. 3. Oxy has one too for Aug. 3. So does KDS Promix, DOW, Arcadian Gas, Chevron and Crosstex. Chevron is reducing inventory and slowing down. They don’t say it is due to instability but we doubt it is a reduction to greed that prompts them! Arcadian is idle too.
Texas Brine’s Action Plan uses an incredibly old photo of Lake FUBAR. We wonder how they can plan anything without a current picture or map.