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.

AND –

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

Snow on the way to Lake FUBAR? UPDATED

MONDAY

A winter WARNING from the weather report.  COLDheron1

Who knows what will happen if it snows at Lake FUBAR. Will the helicorders freeze?

WAFB weather map showing temperature.

The APPJ blog says everything is closed Tuesday due to cold. So the helicorders should be readable without a lot of trucks making them unreadable.

fluid at LA14 at 7 p.m..

New_MAD

2.3 quake in Howardville, Missouri < MAP

Kentucky has the shakes

TUESDAY

EQ_128  ANF map today

NEWS

New weather warning on the cold front. Will Lake FUBAR ice over? WAFB radar.  They started work on the berm roads this morning so we won’t get to see the helicorders today after all. frowny

Texas Brine put out a ‘fact sheet‘ on their great seismic monitor system (Jan. 23) and they illustrate it with a picture showing old helicorder layout. So old the west berm is in the original spot. Hey, Texas Brine, it’s a FACT your berm failed on the west side and your berm failed on the south side. And they didn’t FAIL because of quakes made by ‘normal’ brine operations.

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY

Weekend News

SUNDAY

LA11 is SLOSHING. Rhythmic fluid movement shown since Friday.

Big fluid movement every 2 hours.   .   heli_button

Now we have to wait for quittin’ time to see anything. Big truck activity obscurring everything.

Central America quake swarm updated in Friday’s post with a graphic showing them all.
10 p.m. – There was LARGE FLUID MOVEMENT way down
in LA 10-03.
It could be this giant 6.3 NZ earthquake at 9:52 p.m. CST. It showed on other helicorders too.

LINK -  http://youtu.be/GQpzu5t75eM

Fuel Fix – New tests find more methane in North Texas water

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SATURDAY

Lake FUBAR has freezing temperatures Sat. morning.  30 o at dawn. It won’t warm up til midday.

WWLTV – Marsh fire near Raceland shuts down US 90 < has video   -  It is about 45 miles from Lake FUBAR to the southeast. MAP

A DNR Inspection Report is out (Jan. 17)

Seismic activity continues at LA11 — Lots of work being done there. Did it sag?  Lots of FLUID MOVEMENT at LA17-02 at 4:45 p.m. ….

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Texas Brine Contingency Plan – The Digest Version

We took a look at the plans for the berm moving and other things in Texas Brine’s Contingency Plan and made this summary -

Page 5 -
“The TBC team responsible for hydrocarbon management at the sinkhole has reported that there has been no new release of hydrocarbons observed since late August 2013. Oil sheens have been seen since that time has been attributed to trapped oil in the floating vegetation (!!!).”

Like the “swamp gas” fairy tale we seriously DOUBT drops of oil stuck in the plants makes the sheen across Lake FUBAR.

ALSO on p. 5 -
“Over time, it is possible that the hydraulic connection between the sinkhole and the MRAA will cease as the portions of the MRAA [Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer] that are exposed in the sinkhole become sealed off by deposited sediments from the surface.”

SO . . . all the crud will NOT contaminate the aquifer because some mud will seal it all in!
Except for the “Non-aqueous liquid petroleum hydrocarbons” which will all go right to the surface. But they collected all that stuff already. So nice! For Texas Brine.

Page 8 – You will be relieved to know Bruce Marin is in charge of everything at Lake FUBAR and his second in charge is United Brine’s Mark Cartwright. 2 unbiased, independant actors in the drama.

Page 12 – They have all sorts of monitors (Inclinometers, Tiltmeters and Water-Level Transducers) but we know at night and on weekends and holidays there is mostly no one watching them. Sometimes in broad daylight it looks like no one at the site is noticing big movement on the helicorders.

Page 14 – Nervous residents can RELAX! Texas Brine inspects the integrity of the levees every WEEK!

Page 40 – They will sample the surface water 4 times a year.

Page 52 – They want to lift the evacuation order eventually(!). “The Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) Gas Group recommends that reducing and maintaining methane gas formation pressures in the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer (MRAA) to equal to hydrostatic pressure across the Bayou Corne gas area as one metric necessary in order to lift the mandatory evacuation
order.”

Page 54 – They will test for Strontium in the water. We wonder if that would be naturally occurring strontium or the radioactive waste kind.

Page 56 – They can only measure the depth of Lake FUBAR using the line dropped in method to 500 feet!

Page 57 – They’re thinking about a GPS gizmo but can’t decide to buy one yet.

Page 58 – No on site helicorder monitoring is mandated. It’s just recommended. No 24/7 in-person monitoring. “A competent and knowledgeable person should monitor helicorders when personnel are working on the sinkhole.”

Page 78 – hmmmm . . . “There are no total maximum daily load limits for pollutants in the swamp where the Project site is located or in Bayou Corne downstream of the Project site. TBC is not anticipated to contribute to pollutant loadings because storm water controls are designed to prevent pollutants associated with construction activities from reaching Bayou Corne.”

Page 93 – a side view of what the berms look like.

Page 109 - How they deduce Lake FUBAR will stop spreading.

Big MAP – p. 26, p. 90 (site as of April, 2013)

p. 90 – on its own page – (copied)

siteMAP_April15_2013    < CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE

On the page 26 map we saw this oddity east of the evaporation tanks -

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New Slough In – Says Conservation

flyingcuttlefish:

They are dropping the ‘micro-quake’ mantra.

“slough-in of trees observed on western side of sinkhole “ (!!!)

Originally posted on Assumption Parish Police Jury:

Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Response Activity

Friday, Jan. 3 work-

Sinkhole Activity Code 3 – indicating no work is allowed directly on sinkhole or within containment berms. Seismic monitoring indicates ongoing increased levels of subsurface activity near sinkhole/Oxy 3 – slough-in of trees observed on western side of sinkhole (east of original western containment berm route)  – state and parish will continue to closely observe seismic activity to advise of any sudden changes.

Air Monitoring/Sub-slab Sampling and Ventilation

- Conducting ventilation system inspections

ORW/CPT Wells

- De-pressurizing ORW 54 (north of La 70, west of Texas Brine facility) to change out wellhead

- Monitoring bubble site 56 (Bayou Corne, north of La 70)

- Conducting pressure/depth logging of Oxy 3A (working from Oxy 9 well pad)

Containment Berm/Roads/Sinkhole

- Surveying centerline of south containment re-route

- Placing gravel in rutted areas of north containment berm

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Blog Update from Conservation

flyingcuttlefish:

Code 3 exempts berm repair work . . .

Originally posted on Assumption Parish Police Jury:

Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Response Activity

Thursday, Jan. 2 work-

Sinkhole Activity Code 3 – indicating no work is allowed directly on sinkhole or within containment berms. Seismic monitoring indicates further increase in levels of subsurface activity near sinkhole/Oxy 3 – state and parish will continue to closely observe seismic activity to advise of any sudden changes.

Air Monitoring/Sub-slab Sampling and Ventilation

- Conducting ventilation system inspections

ORW/CPT Wells

- De-pressurizing ORW 54 (north of La 70, west of Texas Brine facility) to change out wellhead

- Monitoring bubble site 56 (Bayou Corne, north of La 70)

- Downloading transducer and tracking data from ORWs

Containment Berm/Roads/Sinkhole

- Repairing and building up low areas on southern containment berm

- Re-stocking sand and gravel supplies for berm maintenance/repair

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Texas Brine Observes CODE 3

PHOTO FROM TODAY -

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UPDATE -

Freedomrox says:

TB’s gates have been locked since December 19th, and only Frontier, and LDNR readings were taken in the mornings, and they waited till the regular contractors went on vacation, brought in another crew on New Year’s Day, just a few days after their little announcement of the ‘Emergency Plan’, so the permits would be in place for their little coup. Very dirty dealings… Makes you wonder about that fellow at Frontier Response, Mike Taylor, who also participated in the BP coverup. Of course, you know that Mark Cartwright and Bruce Martin knew. No Safety meeting, no nothing, and did they even have insurance to cover the workers? Someone can easily get killed in this environment. Someone needs to deal with these loose cannons…
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