Monday News

New Orleans Times-PicayuneLouisiana’s regulation and inspection of oil and gas wells, including ‘orphaned’ wells, is inadequate, Legislative Auditor finds

The state Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation is doing an inadequate job of regulating and inspecting the state’s oil and gas wells, and is not properly overseeing a growing number of “orphaned” wells abandoned by private operators, according to a report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.

The result is an increasing state financial burden for cleaning up environmental problems caused by improperly operated wells and for plugging wells that have been abandoned by oil and gas companies, the report concluded. . . .

” . . .  Unlike other leading oil and gas production states — including Texas, Oklahoma and California — Louisiana has only required 25 percent of the state’s 57,819 wells to be properly covered by financial security agreements, the report said. That’s because the state’s financial security law that took effect in 2000 resulted in 18,000 wells being grandfathered, and state officials have found that another 24,000 wells meet exemption criteria set up by the law. . .  “

Gordon Dove: fox in the House Natural Resources Committee henhouse, or perhaps it’s just Louisiana Jindaltics as usual

LA TimesQuakes are increasing, but scientists aren’t sure what it means

[snip]   . . . The U.S. Geological Survey has been studying the increase in earthquakes larger than 3.0 in the central and eastern United States in recent years. There have been more than 100 a year on average in the last four years, up from 20 a year between 1970 to 2000.
The USGS studies suggest that the increased number of earthquakes coincides with the injection of wastewater deep underground, a process that occurs after an oil extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”



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.


DNR Hearing on Salt Domes Nov. 26 in Baton Rouge

Office of Conservation public hearing to discuss adoption of Statewide Order No. 29-M-3 which provides comprehensive regulations for Class III (Solution Mining) Injection Wells (LAC 43:XVII.Chapter 33) Public hearing to discuss adoption of Statewide Order No. 29-M, Hydrocarbon Storage Wells in Salt Dome Cavities (LAC 43:XVII.Chapter 3)

November 26, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.

LaBelle Rm., 1st Floor, LaSalle Bldg., 617 N. 3rd St.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Directions & map

AND . .  .

Water Commish Meeting Dec. 3rd

The next meeting of the Water Resources Commission is scheduled for Tuesday December 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

LaBelle Room on the 1st Floor of the LaSalle Building,
617 North 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

New FLY OVER + Wed. News


It shows the evaporation tanks are almost full -


Louisiana Sinkhole Still a Danger

“. . . The sinkhole sent shockwaves through the mining industry as the collapse of this type was considered impossible, but scientist had previously warned regulators and those involved in salt mining that the geology of salt caverns made such an event a possibility. Neither Texas Brine Co. nor Occidental Petroleum admit any wrong doing in the collapse, they have however taken some of the responsibility for damage. Some of the residents who haven’t been allowed to return to their homes have received $875 per week from Texas Brine Co. Other residents have opted to remain in the area despite warnings to leave.

A policy analyst for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources went on record with reporters this month saying that the while the direct cause was a manmade action it is “natural forces” that are now at work in making the sinkhole larger. . . “

NY Daily NewsBayou Corne sinkhole could require decades of monitoring once brought under control: officials
The insatiable Louisiana sinkhole captured national attention after the YouTube video ‘8/21/13 Slough in’ showed it swallowing a set of trees. Officials also fear that gas within area may spark massive inferno.

Op-Ed – Jindal has more snakes than he can kill with coastal lawsuits against oil companies; whatcha gonna do now, Bobby? Those parishes (Jefferson and Plaquemines) got their own lawyers

“. . . .The one matter that he [Jindal] did tackle head-on, however, was that ridiculous lawsuit by the greedy SLFPA-E against those poor defenseless oil companies for the destruction of that useless Louisiana coastline that’s good for nothing but as a wildlife refuge…and oh yes, hurricane surge protection.
Jindal believes that the litigation is a crime against nature and just to prove his point, he resorted to his favorite tactic—firing those who dare disagree. . . . “

3.5 magnitude earthquake reported in SE Ohio

New Fly Over – from the Parish Blog & Friday News


Helicorders very active overnight


WAFB – Emergency Rule will increase water disinfectant levels for the state

DNR has a new Inspection Report (11-7)

WWLTV- [OK] Drilling company fined, put on probation over falsified test results

NEW ORLEANS – An Oklahoma contractor that owns oil rigs and drills in the Gulf of Mexico pleaded guilty Friday to covering up problems with one of its critical blowout preventers by falsifying the results of pressure tests on the device in 2009 and 2010. . . .


North Texas has another minor earthquake, at least 4th this week in same general area

(11-7) NBC-DFW – More Earthquakes Detected in North Texas


2.8 quake in Marston, Missouri < MAP

Sinkhole Full Restoration (Video) + Wed. News – So. Berm has 5 CRACKS!

From Clean Water and Coast -


The Parish Blog has a new item – they are making the work site a CODE 2 (!!)

WWLTV – New containment berm cracks form around Assumption sinkhole < has VIDEO
“Wednesday, WWL-TV received these pictures of cracks in the containment berm that have formed over the past few days from Assumption Parish. In just a few days, one crack became five.

Crosstex managed to put out an update from Nov. 3rd -

They say they are testing a new pump.

Pathetic: BP launches website to “set the record straight” on the Gulf


Big news about Texas Brine being under-insured maybe . . . .

  • WWLTV – Texas Brine sued by its insurer over sinkhole site
  • The AdvocateInsurer claims Texas Brine ignored warnings
    “In a federal lawsuit, Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc. cites internal Texas Brine reports, memos and an email suggesting Texas Brine officials were warned with increasing specificity since the mid-1970s — before the cavern was even permitted and mined — that the area where the cavern was planned was close to the salt dome’s outer face.

Friends of Lake Peigneur aren’t a bit surprised. This is from one -

Texas Brine’s insurance (Liberty) claims there is no coverage for this under its policy. Texas Brine’s insurance does not want to pay!!

Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC is a Limited Liability Company, that means a type of business structure that provides its owners limited liability. This would limit the amount they would pay if there was another disaster there. Does Jefferson island Storage & Hub even have liability insurance?  About Lake Peigneur

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 in spite of no Environmental Impact Statement, Federal standard, no seismic studies, bubbling in the lake, Chicot aquifer problems and already one horrific disaster there. Already one community (Bayou Corne) has been destroyed from negligence and apathy

Jefferson Is. Water History

[This was sent from a reliable source]

There was a GROUND WATER RESOURCES COMMISSION MEETING Sept. 16, 2009 – held at Eunice, Louisiana.

Pg 101 very interesting
And I will say at this point that, in the
15 Jefferson Island and the Delcambre area, there are
16 five known wells that have already gone dry in the
17 last five years, so this is a problem that is
18 occurring. Many of the wells are having to be
19 deepened or redrilled because the water level has
20 dropped and the aquifer has dropped below the intake
21 table — the intake of these wells, and these wells
22 are running dry.
23 This is the farming area that shows the rice
24 irrigation areas in south Louisiana, and the drawdown
25 curves of these wells that are listed in the Crowley
26 — in the Acadia Parish area. I think it shows like a
27 -60 elevation, and it is dropping 60′ from mean sea
28 level of zero. So you have about a 60′ drop in the
29 water table from the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, down
30 to — up — or down to the middle of where it has
SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
Michelle S. Abadie, CCR
1 formed this crater, and so, from here to up here is
2 about 60 to 65 miles, and there is a 60′ drawdown
3 right there. And I will illustrate what is happening.
4 These are some of the water levels, and it shows
5 how fast — how quickly the sand — the aquifer levels
6 will change. These were taken in the fall of ’95, and
7 this is in the spring of ’96. This is the same zone,
8 and you see the changes in the contour lines of the –
9 these are metric lines of the drawdown curves in this
10 particular area. This is in the Lake Charles area.
11 You’ll notice how fast it can change from fall to
12 spring. This is fall of ’95, okay.
13 Now, the impact of subsidence of water
14 withdrawal, this is a slide that was obtained from a
15 meeting that we attended. As oil-land surveyors, we
16 were called — and engineers, you recall at the
17 meeting in Baton Rouge, right — that would have been
18 in November or December, after Hurricane Rita. And
19 the U.S. Geological Survey and the Center for
20 Geoinformatics at LSU had been conducting some
21 elevation of the benchmarks, and they compared the
22 benchmark to elevations that they were getting by GPS
23 signals benchmarks, comparing those to what they were
24 finding on present day. And this is the results of
25 their findings, and it shows the amounts of subsidence
26 that had actually occurred in certain areas.
27 Now, you notice in one area, where you see the
28 Crowley area, there’s a big -3 that shows right there
29 in front — in the magenta or pink, that’s -3′ of
30 subsidence of the ground over — since these test

This is from the GROUND WATER RESOURCES COMMISSION MEETING OF September, 2009.       About Lake Peigneur

Here the Ground Water Resources Commission is talking about wells going dry in the Jefferson Island and the Delcambre area.

Here is the AGL Resources Operating agreement:

3.4. Water Rights; Chicot Aquifer Withdrawal Restriction. Further without limiting the foregoing, and subject to obtaining any approvals required under Applicable Law, Jefferson Island shall have the right to drill for and extract water as may be necessary, incidental, or desirable for the Permitted Purposes, including, without limitation,