Big Oil Spill in Texas + Weekend News

Galveston Bay oil spill threatens bird migration

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Crews were working through the night after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. . . .

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel < has photo 

USCG photo

Texas City dike closed after barge and ship collide

As much as 168,000 gallons of thick shipping fuel may have spilled into Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided near the Texas City dike Saturday afternoon, sparking closures on the waterway and prompting a massive cleanup effort. . . .  < has photos

Big quake swarm off Chile

‘Old’ news getting recycled about Bayou Corne for some reason. NSA pranking the web?

SUNDAY

1 P.M. fluid movement at lake FUBAR. It shows up at the LA10 bottom borehole.

St. James Parish – New Orleans Times-PicayuneEPA opposes state air permit for Nucor iron plant in Convent

Some bills emerge as Louisiana Oil and Gas Association favorites -cry Laws would stall agencies’ ability to file lawsuits

Upcoming Event:

Save Lake Peigneur, Inc. & LEAN’s lawsuit against the division of Coastal Management within the Department of Natural Resources will be held on:
Date: Wednesday, March 26
Time: 9 AM  10 A.M.
Place: Iberia Parish Courthouse
300 S Iberia Street, New Iberia
The lawsuit against the state resulted from Coastal Management (CM) granting the permit to dredge contingent on Injection & Mining Division granting the final permit making. We dispute that Coastal Management did not do due diligence by granting the permit.
Try and show up if you can even if just for a short time.

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Public Broadcasting Show on Bayou Corne, Big Quake Makes Fluid Move at Lake Fubar + Weekend News

See the LPB show from last night HERE.  < video link < alt. link from Stuart Smith

FLUID MOVEMENT UNDER LAKE FUBAR AT 8 P.M. - on the helicorders.  It lasted about 2 hours! It was probably set off by this mega-quake in Indonesia. M6.4 at 7:24 CST.

Florida – Sanibel Island waters - “Swimmers and surfers are being met with dead fish along some of our Southwest Florida beaches. It is happening on one of the busiest weekends for some fun in the water. Red tide is the culprit of what is behind the fish after fish along the beach. . . .”

Texas Brine put out a fact sheet on all the good they doing in Bayou Corne, dated 11-27.

The Dallas NewsNorth Texas earthquakes trigger dam inspections

The AdvocateMonolyte bankruptcy filing may affect residents’ lawsuit
Claimants say fire hurt health, property
“The company that owned and operated a chemical facility in Slaughter destroyed by a fire a year ago has filed for bankruptcy, which could complicate matters for the 32 East Feliciana Parish residents seeking damages for respiratory problems and diminished property values they attribute to the blaze.”

A reader  says, “Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC is a Limited Liability Company and claims to be an Intrastate company, not an Interstate company. Who is their insurer? Shouldn’t the LA Dept. of Natural Resources make sure that these companies can cover any damage that they cause before issuing permits?

The Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Management, has already issued one permit to expand and add 2 natural gas storage caverns to Jefferson Island Storage & Hub under Lake Peigneur in Vermilion/Iberia parishes without an Environmental Impact Statement, Federal standard, no seismic studies, bubbling in the lake, Chicot aquifer problems and already one horrific disaster there.

All they want to do is profit off the state and the people of Louisiana and not be responsible for their actions and the people they hurt.” - and we agree!

The helicorders are still going crazy. Instead of posting that every day we will put up a big headline when it stops.  Scroll down for more on them and maps of where they are etc.

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Friday News – Big Explosion in MO, 12 Salt Caverns at Risk Near Lake FUBAR

MO – Pipeline blast lights up Pettis County sky
HUGHESVILLE (AP) — A 30-inch natural gas pipeline ruptured in a rural area in western Missouri, causing an explosion and fire that could be seen for several miles. No injuries were reported, authorities said today. . . .

12 more salt caverns with thin walls discovered near La. sinkhole

BATON ROUGE, La. | At least 12 salt-dome caverns in Louisiana are as close to the edge of their supporting underground formations as the one that collapsed last year and caused a huge sinkhole in Assumption Parish. . . .

(11-25) Data show 12 other Louisiana salt caverns with thin walls

That TV Show on Bayou Corne is on TONIGHT!
Tune in Tonight!  TV, LPB – “Louisiana, The State We’re In”
7pm on LPB

LEAN comments in response to proposed rules for
Hydrocarbon Storage Wells in Salt Dome Cavities
and Class III Solution Mining Injection Wells .

Loose Rules for Salt Domes + Sunday News

The AdvocateProposed salt-dome regulations under fire

By David J. Mitchell
“At least a dozen salt-dome caverns in Louisiana are as close to the edge of their supporting underground formations as the one that collapsed last year and caused the yawning sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

Data collected by the state in response to the sinkhole also shows those 12 caverns, along with 15 others, would violate proposed rules mandating a buffer zone of sorts for future caverns to help ensure they are structurally sound. . . “

WAFB – Residents voice concerns over proposed salt dome regulations

The helicorders are showing static today plus work start up this morning.

Stuart Smith – BP’s digusting, dirty war on its online critics < more stories on this creepy, criminal behavior by BP is on the Real Coastal Warriors‘ face book page this weekend.

BP sends more drilling rigs to the Gulf of Mexico than ever before

Environmental Threats In Louisiana as a Result of the Oil and Gas Industry

Leadership Meeting
New Orleans, LA
October 11, 2013

By Wilma Subra
Subra Company
Louisiana Environmental Action Network

Oil and Gas Wells

There are 4,000 drilling and production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. The majority of the platforms are off the coast of Louisiana. Thousands of producing wells are also located in the territorial seas off the coast of Louisiana, within three miles of the shore and under state jurisdiction.

Each platform serves a number of producing wells that produce crude oil, natural gas and condensate. The products are transported on shore through a maze of pipelines.

There are also more than 40,000 producing oil and gas wells on land in the state of Louisiana.

The oil and gas wells on shore and off shore leak, spill and discharge toxic chemicals, crude oil, natural gas and produced water on a regular and ongoing basis. These toxic chemicals have a severe impact on the environment of Louisiana including contamination of the air, soil, sediment, surface and groundwater resources, aquatic and terrestrial flora and fauna, and humans.

The Taylor well platform in the Gulf of Mexico, off the shores of Louisiana, was damaged by a hurricane in 2004. Since that time the well has continued to leak crude oil into the Gulf on a constant basis and generates a slick up to 20 miles in length. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network website has a continuing documentation of the leaking Taylor well, as well as other wells leaking in the Gulf and Louisiana coastal waters.
Orphan and Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells

Many thousands of Orphan and Abandoned oil and gas wells and facilities on shore and off shore are contaminating the environment in Louisiana. The number of known sites increases each year as more sites are discovered than can be cleaned up with available resources.

Seaports and Import Facilities

Louisiana has six seaports and import facilities for oil and gas and four natural gas hubs. The Henry Hub in Vermilion Parish imports 50% of the natural gas used in the United States from Gulf of Mexico production. The price of natural gas on the New York Mercantile Exchange is set at the Henry Hub.

Operable Petroleum Refineries

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The Petroleum Refineries are concentrated in Baton Rouge, Sulphur, Westlake/Mossville, Convent, Norco, and Chalmette.

The crude oil refined by these refineries comes from conventional domestic production, foreign imports, shale oil and Canadian Tar Sands. Eight million barrels of crude oil are refined each day at Gulf of Mexico refineries. This is half of the refining capacity in the US.

Petrochemical Facilities

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Petrochemical Facilities convert hydrocarbon based raw materials into petrochemicals, manufacture organic chemicals, plastics and resins.

The major Petrochemical Facilities are located in Baton Rouge, Laplace, Norco, Geismar, Sulphur/Mossville, Plaquemine.

The petroleum refineries and petrochemical facilities release extremely large quantities of very toxic chemicals into the air, land and water. Accidental releases and upset conditions, as well as explosions and fires, are a frequent occurrence. Many of the facilities have extensive ground water pollution plumes.

Major Shale Plays

Shale plays are very deep formations that were not economically feasible to produce until tax incentives were provided and horizontal fracturing technologies were developed. The technology is far out distancing the ability of state governmental agencies to regulate shale drilling, fracturing and production. The development of the shale plays is considered unconventional development and is having extensive negative impacts on the environment and human health.

Haynesville-Bossier – North East Texas and North West Louisiana
Shreveport – gas – 2,400 wells drilled

Tuscaloosa – South Central Louisiana and Western Mississippi – oil and gas

The oil from coastal shales and from the Bakken shale play in North Dakota is transported to the petroleum refineries in Louisiana for refining. The Bakken shale is a sour crude with large quantities of hydrogen sulfide and is being used to replace Venezuelan crude by Louisiana refineries. The Bakken shale oil is transported by train to the St. James Terminal in Louisiana for distribution to refineries on the gulf coast.

The St. James terminal is connected to a loop off-loading facility which constantly unload train cars 24 hours per day. The St. James terminal was constructed in the 1970’s to distribute oil by pipeline to the strategic petroleum reserve sites in Louisiana.

A new train terminal is being proposed in Raceland for distribution of the Bakken shale oil to refineries in Louisiana.

Pipelines

Pipelines connect production sites, gas processing facilities, petroleum refineries, petrochemical plants, and industrial and consumer users throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The pipelines transport crude oil including Canadian Tar Sands, natural gas, and refined chemical products such as gasoline, benzene, jet fuel, etc. Along the pipeline corridors are located gas processing facilities, compressor stations, pigging stations, valving locations, metering stations, storage tanks and glycol dehydration stations. The heaviest concentrations of pipelines are on shore and offshore in Louisiana.

Existing pipelines serving the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in the North Eastern United States are being repurposed to transport the shale gas produced from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to the expanding petrochemical facilities and LNG export facilities in Louisiana and Texas.

Pipelines and their associated units contribute extensively to environmental contamination as a result of leaks and spills, venting and failures.

Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)

Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) is natural gas that is cooled and compressed to a liquid to make shipping in specially designed ships more economical. Until gas shale plays across the United States were developed, there was a shortage of domestic natural gas resources and a need to import natural gas for domestic consumption. The current operating natural gas import terminals are concentrated along the Gulf Cost in Louisiana and Texas. Now that there is an excess of natural gas being produced in the United States from the shale plays, the liquefied natural gas export market is driving the LNG facility development picture.

There are six proposed LNG export terminals in Louisiana.

Louisiana has the first export facility approved by DOE and FERC in May 2011, the Chenier facility in Cameron Parish. It will export 2.2 billion cu ft of LNG per day to non-free trade countries. It is in the pre-construction phase.

In May 2013, the proposed Freeport, Texas LNG Expansion facility on Quintana Island received approval by DOE. The Freeport facility is approved to export 1.4 billion cu ft of LNG per day.

On August 7, 2013, Lake Charles Exports facility was approved by DOE to export 2.0 billion cu ft of LNG per day.

The administration can allow 5.6 billion cu ft of LNG to be exported to non-free trade agreement countries. These three LNG export facilities are approved to export the entire 5.6 billion cu ft of LNG per day that the administration will allow.

The availability of large quantities of shale gas at cheap prices is driving the need for and development of more salt dome storage facilities to provide storage for the large quantities of produced natural gas, the extension of pipelines to connect to the export facilities and the new industrial facilities in the Lake Charles(Sasol) and Ascension parish (Shell) areas for gas to liquid processing facilities. The proposed gas to liquid facilities will consume very large quantities of the cheap natural gas from all of the shale gas plays in the United States including the Marcellus and Utica in the northeast, the Bakken in North Dakota, as well as the Barnett and Eagle Ford shales in Texas and the Haynesville and Tuscalousa shales in Louisiana.

Coal

Twenty percent of the 500 coal burning power plants in the United States are expected to shut down in the next few years. Coal producing companies have thus targeted export markets for their coal production.

Along the Mississippi River in Louisiana, there are five coal export terminals. Three of these export facilities have the capacity to export 25 million tons of coal per year. Two new coal export facilities are in the permitting phase.

These terminals receive coal by barge, rail and truck and export to foreign countries by ship. The operations cause extensive particle matter air contamination, surface water pollution and human health impacts to communities living in the area.

A large number of mid stream stevedoring operations transfer coal from barges to ships and wash out the coal barges and dump the residual coal into the waters of the Mississippi River.

Coal terminals in the New Orleans area are increasing their export quantities by exporting Powder River Basin, Colorado and Illinois Basin coal. These exports are destined for European markets.

Energy Sector Impacts

The toxic emissions, discharges, leaks, spills, and waste from the energy sector have had a very large impact on the environment in Louisiana as well as the quantity of green house gases released and contributing extensively to global warming impacts. In addition, the released toxic chemicals and waste have resulted in extensive contamination of the environment and have resulted in severe acute and chronic human health impacts. The human health impacts are experienced by communities living in the areas of the facilities and infrastructure and by the workers employed in the energy sector.

The additional facilities and infrastructure being proposed in Louisiana will add an even greater burden to the environment and degrade the quality of life which is so important to those living in our state.

The economic impacts of the energy sector are huge, but for the most part, not enjoyed by the impacted communities. The environmental and human health impacts of the energy sector are extensive, an extreme burden to the communities and additional degradation will occur with the new focus of energy development in Louisiana.


Louisiana Environmental Action Network       LEAN face book page

New Fly Over, Soil Sample Results from LEAN & Wed. News

From the Parish -

LINK –  http://youtu.be/274Lud95eS4

Soil Sample Testing Results From The Bayou Corne Sinkhole

“The soil (more like sludge) collected from outside the sinkhole turned out to be 30.5 % petroleum hydrocarbons. Many of these hydrocarbons are much lighter than the ones we have found from the BP oil spill. That means that these chemicals are more likely to get into the air. There were also hundreds of parts per million of heavy hydrocarbons, including toxic polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons.”

Big quakes south of the Gulf of Mexico -

CentAmquaker1016

LINK –  http://youtu.be/RI2OnJM7Pnw

Jim Lee: Nuke Bomb Tests Right OVER Salt Domes!

LINK –  http://youtu.be/7at28qm3030

Radiation News about Lake FUBAR this week

From BP Earthwatch

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LINK –  http://youtu.be/DOlHn_5YgU8

The LEAN website disappeared.  We will try and see if they moved.

Reminder: You can get your auto air-filter tested for radiation (free) at this place.  You mail it in.  It is on the sidebar in the ‘Nuke’ section.