Unsettled Lake FUBAR – Thursday News – BONUS! Fly Over Video

A whole lot of parish blog ‘news’ put out in the last few days including a water pipeline break. Now they say a gas pipeline is being attended to.  Keep an eye out for the next shoe to drop!

2:00 p.m. Activity Update from the Office of Conservation

Texas Brine has the daily update for July 29. And the letter to Conservation. . . it shows Texas Brine’s solid commitment to the residents:

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July 31st  DNR Inspection Report out.  And Crosstex put out an update for July 29thThey are adding even MORE BUTANE(!). Like 10,000 barrels more. They now are storing OVER A MILLION BARRELS OF BUTANE there. 299,035 barrels x 42 gal.= 1,255,470 gal. Crosstex says they man the facility 24/7 … so how did they miss the water main break out there?

New Fly Over VIDEOS!

LINK -  http://youtu.be/Yz9Gy97gkDI

LINK -  http://youtu.be/eOjo-1dgrUk

ENE-News – Newspaper: Giant Louisiana sinkhole now over 20 times larger than last year — It’s “taken on a volcano-like quality”

Scientific panel says BP damage to the Gulf is incalculable

Halliburton Co., Schlumberger and Baker Hughes were sued over claims they conspired to raise prices and crush oilfield service competitors in the booming U.S. market for hydraulic fracturing services.

A big seismic jump on the helicorders today at 3:15  – - -

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LA11 got fixed! :)  Just in time to show the spike at 3:15.

Weekend News

Scroll down for the seismic activity updates.

R E M I N D E R:   Home buy out extended until July 31 … coming SOON!

DNR has a new Inspection Report dated July 25th.
DOTD has added a lot of new monitors for Highway 70 and they specify them in a July 16th Power Point file shown on this page. If you can’t view a Power Point file you can download this viewer (free). Texas Brine is supposed to be reimbursing all of the costs to DOTD. Have they paid a penny? Is anyone making them?
GOHSEP hasn’t put out a Situation Summary in over 10 days.
The Heath Dept. has no 2013 updates at all. That makes sense since they haven’t done anything all year.
Crosstex is STILL adding butane to their cavern a hair away from Lake FUBAR! They added 19,284 barrels of butane from July 15 to July 22.

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  • 2.2 quake in Strawberry, Arkansas < MAP
  • 1.9 quake in Due West, S.C. < MAP

Denbury fined $662,500 for [2011] Mississippi blowout

Methane report: Arctic Thaw Could Cost Trillions

“Permanently frozen ground, called permafrost, beneath the Arctic’s East Siberian Sea could belch out 50 billion tons of methane at any time, researchers said in an analysis published Thursday in the journal Nature.”

Not new – but good photos - Oil Sheens Near Deepwater Horizon Spill from Sunken Rig (July 16)

The Watchers – Federal investigation started on mysterious deaths of bottlenose dolphins at Indian River Lagoon, FL.

Terror Fears Keep Toxic Plants Hidden From Public  -  who needs terrorists with these capitalists at work??

SUNDAY

Helios have sort of calmed down. Ending a heave or loading up?

The Advocate [opinion] – Deadline murky for sinkhole suits

“Meanwhile, murky questions remain about the legal deadline to file suit for those affected by the sinkhole and the evacuation.”

Blast from the Past:

2010 – Audit says La. does insufficient job collecting payments from oil companies

LINK -  http://youtu.be/jtdR2ObTXhc

No “Daily” Updates for All Involved

Some reports came out May 13 but there are many plans, reports and assessments that have no reporting for 2013. No photos in 3 weeks. The weekly fly-overs have become rare. These oil and gas companies have a directive to produce DAILY reports. Where are they? The last “daily” report by company is from May 9th.

This is typical – Tetra Tech operations “Daily Report” is six days old. Oh, and they claim  the west berm is getting replaced because it has “settled”. They are in charge of important data sampling (no hurry on that!) and cannot say what is going on at Lake FUBAR. The collapsing cavern is CAUSING EARTHQUAKES. It is NOT “settling”.

DHH is a little mixed up.  In Situation Summaries put out by GOHSEP they claim (p.20)  they are not checking well water samples. But in not-daily reports from DOW they say they are getting samples and sending them in every time. So if DEQ and DHH don’t have the sample results where are they going? Do they have the results and they just sit on them?

Why would DHH and DEQ lie about this to the public they are tasked to protect. Maybe that isn’t their task after all.

UPDATE, May 17

An update from Texas Brine for May 15th trickled in. No one else inspired to shake a leg. The update says they are putting in geo-phones. That work is showing up on seismic charts.

Wed. News

The AdvocateSinkhole commission tells crowd it needs more data

“This presentation later provoked criticism from some residents who said flatly they did not trust Texas Brine.”

WBRZ – Crack found in levee during routine check < video

SB200 passed the first hurdle today! Thanks, readers who contacted their reps about this important bill!

Senator Mills’ statement about the bill passing and the next phase.

Bill concerning expanding salt cavern at Lake Peigneur clears Senate committee < related - Sheriff: Lake Peigneur Could be Worse than Assumption Sinkhole

Lake Peigneur protection bill advances to Senate

Mills said the company has two caverns in the Jefferson Island salt dome and “each of the facilities is the size of one of the Twin Towers.”

Local paper, The Bayou Journal published  an editorial by Lonny Cavalier that says more than Texas Brine want you to know. Read it before the meeting.

The DNR put out a new Inspection Report that doesn’t mention water level drop. So maybe it all rose back : )

Texas Brine has an update (4-29) with a lot of activity listed. And a compliance letter to DNR to go with it.

The new helicorder outsourcees, Nanometrics (who don’t know how to manage an e-mail account) have a press release about Lake FUBAR – Bayou Corne Sinkhole Monitored with High Performance Seismometers

MORE here later  . . .

Friday News – What’s That Sucking Sound?

DNR has a new Inspection Report – dated Mar. 28.

“Remarks regarding the #3 Well Pad on the eastern edge of the sinkhole according to Bret Barras: “the Slough Off looks to be 60′ in depth and 90′ in length along the Northwest to Northeast side of the Oxy #3 Well Pad. The work pad extension where the excavator worked from to remove sink hole debris is completely gone. The green 8″ pipe marker at the
beginning of the work pad is gone. Approximately 15′ of the #3 Well Pad has sloughed off. This is referencing where the green 8″ pipe was located.”

Jindal’s name synonymous with “sinkhole” now – Bayou Buzz – A new Louisiana sinkhole: Jindal’s medicaid contract with CNSI

Pipeline Ruptures in Arkansas < Thanks to tip from veracity4truth – ;)

LINK -  http://youtu.be/u30m8U6VP3E

MORE video on Strange Sounds blog.

Residents – when you take a break from packing and have that FAX machine handy, send a Tremor Report to the parish!

Non-Updates:

It will be worthwhile to watch the helicorders today -  heli_button

12, 14 & 15 going off again . . .

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Waiting for Movement from Below . . . Thurs. News

tick tock . . . Lake FUBAR: guess those yellow bird-warning  lights are all going off now

New! DNR Inspection Report (Mar. 7)

Elsewhere -  strange booming sounds heard In Springfield, Missouri and all around South Carolina – March 6

[ see comments here about SC booms - they may be sonic booms there ]

Misleading and inept [Sunday] article in FORBES - Toxic Sinkhole Threatens Southeastern Louisiana    The only thing worthwhile in reading it is for glimpse into the mind of Wall Street’s media moguls. The author didn’t bother to find out about the salt dome collapse causing the sinkhole which could be found out in about 4 or 5 minutes of web surfing. This ignorant author is a specialist in energy finance. Good luck for people he advises  with what he knows about Texas Brine!

DNR Has Inspection Report for Today + GOSHEP Situation Summary + New Slough In

Finally.

Feb. 27 Inspection Report from DNR   . . . they have Feb. 26 also – on the main page.

AND . . .  New Situation Summary is out.

No company updates since Feb. 21(!) . . .

Lake FUBAR is bubbling in the center and trees fell in admits GOSHEP

Story in The AdvocateSinkhole activities halt work nearby

( NOTE: Original article title in the url: “tremors-detected-sinkhole-work-suspended” )

[snip] . . .  John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said about five to six trees that had been leaning over for the past week along the northeast side of the sinkhole fell in Tuesday morning and that small bubbling spots also have re-emerged in the sinkhole.

“They do have a section in the center of the sinkhole that has that bubbling,”. . .

AND -

They claim a 5 foot berm made  of dirt will hold it all back!

“The first phase of an earthen berm surrounding a 71-acre area that encompasses the sinkhole was finished Saturday, providing complete containment of the brine-filled hole. Another phase to bring the berm to a height of 5 feet above ground level is planned.” . . . .  71 acre area” may be a TYPO. It is probably 7.1  — visible in the photo. (70 acres would be 7 miles)

“Work on the sinkhole will be suspended until the subsurface activity slows again, officials said Tuesday. About 80 percent of the failed cavern is now filled, according to the latest estimate from early February.”

The Meeting in Baton Rouge is Today + Tuesday News + Fuel Cell Solution

MEETING -

WBRZ Video:  People evacuated by sinkhole ask lawmakers for help

The AdvocateBayou Corne residents push for home buyout - has video

. . . Gov. Bobby Jindal responded to criticism raised during the meeting that he has not been personally involved in the sinkhole crisis. The governor, who was out of the state almost one day of every four last year, has not visited the site.

“We receive regular updates on the situation. Through my orders, agencies have deployed an abundance of resources to the sinkhole area,” the governor said in a prepared statement released by his press office.

WAFB – Residents near sinkhole say hearing was a lot of talk and a lot less action

Bruce Mathews, Vice President of Operation for Texas-Brine testified that the company will not start buying homes in the affected area because it’s just not the right time. “I know there are residents of Bayou Corne that want to be bought out,” says Mathews. “But I know there is a group that does not want to be bought out because there’s one’s who want to stay and because it’s the right thing to do. We have to focus on response activities.”

WBRZ – Packed house for Senate sinkhole meeting

Assumption Parish residents turn to lawmakers, seeking buyouts

WAFB (earlier) – Legislators hear from those affected by giant La. sinkhole

The Advocate (earlier) – DNR seeks salt dome answers, Sinkhole elicits safety concerns

A new Situation Summary is out. Page 10 tells the progress on the 3-D mapping. They are putting in new geophones.

DNR has a new Inspection Report and WAFB read it.

M0.8 quake – 11km S of New Madrid, Missouri< not very big but look at the location :)

Radio Show with Rep. Joe Harrison talking about the Sinkhole  -  [NOTE: when they talk about the butane cavern., a lot of the product was removed or sold so the amount in the cavern  is less now.]

ENE-News has some outtakes -

Thanks to readers, as usual, for the news tips :)that means, you, MsReesa!

* * * * *   FUEL CELLS     * * * * *

Keith sent in this info on FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY. He says they can be hooked up to harness gas under the sinkhole.

http://www.fuelcellenergy.com/

Further he says -

That 2 square miles of Natural Gas, the flared Natural Gas, and the incoming Methane should be a large enough quantity to satisfy officials.  Also, the need for a speedy decision must be considered.  Maybe the US Government should step in to avoid the hassles of state slow downs.  You’ve seen them in the past.

Maybe some of the natural gas lies beneath the residents property.  Thus, giving them rights to profits.

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Tense Wait For Imminent Sinkhole Action – About to Blow(?)

Check comments on this blog today. See Helicorders go bats.

See today’s DNR Inspection Report.

LINK – http://youtu.be/GRKCs_GJyj4