Tuesday News – hardly any

From Real Coastal Warriors : Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

“…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.”

WIPP town meeting (looks like a bosses’ meeting) live stream #1. The rest of it.

The Watchers - Red tide kills thousands of fish in Gulf of Mexico, poses a greater health threat

The helicorders at Lake FUBAR were pretty quiet until noon then they started up and then sputtered. LA18 shows it.

The AdvocateJudge tells sinkhole lawyers to settle taxpayers’ claims

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 …
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There’s been almost no updates posted lately from DNR.

 

DEQ has a new situation update Aug. 3 but they don’t report any stats. They just say everything’s fine. They have a water quality report for 7-29. They have a July air sample report.

The  Texas Brine Action Plan was pretty recent, Aug. 3. Oxy has one too for Aug. 3. So does KDS Promix, DOW, Arcadian GasChevron 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.

The last Texas Brine drilling report was for 2012 just after the collapse. They say they closed Oxy 3 with a master valve so maybe they didn’t do any more drilling and that was the last report.

Can No One Stop Dastardly Crosstex from Pumping Butane into THAT Cavern??

There is finally an “update” (3 days old) for Crosstex out.

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They continue to put as much butane into their butane caverns as they can. They are very near the sinking new-new berm at the SE corner of Lake FUBAR.

CAN NO ONE STOP THEM??

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Contents of 20 storage caverns in the Napoleonville Salt Dome

Mon. & Tues. Frolics at Lake FUBAR

Someone is foolin’ with the helicorder settings!

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A couple of big dings Monday night, after a day of wildness (scroll down to earlier post) and then after midnight they pulled a stunt!  frowny2

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So we don’t expect real-time info from Lake FUBAR Tuesday.

AFTER 5:30 a.m. LA12 shows big activity – even though the helicorders are set on teensy-setting !!

A big ding at 3 p.m. showed up differently on the other helicorders. It was very big at the top of LA10 but not there at all on the bottom.

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Large Seismic Ding at 1 A.M. Saturday & Weekend News

SATURDAY

I think the bigger jump on the monitors is on the SE corner of Lake FUBAR next to the incredible amount of butane.

LA21 shows the “Ding” at 1:10 a.m.  The parish blog says they are keeping the Code 2 status.
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Oddity – 1 a.m. seems to be prime time for Lake FUBAR to turn into an underwater disco. Check out previous headlines here with “1 a.m. ” in the title!

8:30 p.m. Sat. eve –  
6.0 quake out in the Atlantic - between Jamaica and Africa <  MAP.
  It showed up as fluid movement at 8:45 p.m. at Lake FUBAR – seen on LA18 helicorder.

UPDATE

The 6.0 figure comes from USGS but RSOE says it was 6.6 plus there were 2 big ones next to it. All late Sat. at 10:28 except the 5.7 was at 8:28.  If they all went off at 28 min. after the hour … were they man-made/oil drilling?

Reports – 6.6, 5.7, 5.6

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Scientists discover why the Appalachian mountain chain bends

If you took a bird’s-eye view of the Appalachian mountain chain, you could pretty much trace a 1,500-mile straight line from Newfoundland to Alabama, notes Nature World News.

Except, that is, for a little squiggle in New York and Pennsylvania. So what on earth could make a mountain chain bend like that? Geologists think they’ve figured out the answer, and it’s not so much “on earth” as “in earth”—namely, an underground volcanic rock about 60 miles by 280 miles in dimension. . . .

Vermilion Parish – Instead of DEQ fines, plant sees tax breaks after explosion

Multi-Chem, a Halliburton-owned business that blends chemicals for oilfield production, including fracking, paid no state environmental fines when its New Iberia plant exploded in 2011.

Instead, the company received an expedited environmental permit to build a new plant in Vermilion Parish without public notice or a public hearing and was granted $1.8 million in state property tax exemptions over a 10-year period to build the new plant. . . .

. . . .  DEQ scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the North Vermilion High School cafeteria, 11609 La. Highway 699, Maurice.

St. Tammany Parish - ‘Fracking’ site could affect Louisiana’s wetlands

SUNDAY

A jump on the helicorders at 12:06 a.m. and at 6:10 a.m. – seen on LA12.

What Happened at Lake FUBAR at 6 A.M. Friday???

Something BIG.  Seismos + fluid movement.

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It shows on LA12 -

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To get into the spirit of the Code 2 declaration, Crosstex is ADDING a lot more butane to the cavern next to sunken berm corner!

On July 13 it had 498,803 barrels in Well #1.

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jarheads …

Weekend News

SATURDAY

Risk of earthquake increased for one-third of U.S.
A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.

Temporary, Ark. has the oddest seismic activity today

4.7 quake (on the Pacific side) at La Libertad, El Salvador < Map

SUNDAY

Something happened at Lake FUBAR before 2 p.m. – shown in LA10-03 helicorder. There was a big quake north of Japan (M6.6) today. SEE ALSO COMMENTS.

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