Something bad . . .
Office of Conservation: Code 1, ♪ la dee da ♬ . . .
Office of Conservation: Code 1, ♪ la dee da ♬ . . .
At least some crew are at the site working Saturday according to LA14‘s helicorder.
Monitor locations -
LINK - http://youtu.be/fKZI3XHfpCE
Vulcan Says Texas Brine Counsel Conflicted In Sinkhole Suit
Vulcan Materials Co., a third-party defendant in a consolidated class action accusing Texas Brine Co. LLC of causing a potentially dangerous sinkhole, asked a Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday to disqualify Texas Brine’s counsel, saying Kean Miller LLP has served as counsel to Vulcan for decades.
The move comes after U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey granted class certification in May to a group of property owners and residents in the suit accusing Texas Brine and an Occidental Petroleum Corp. unit of causing the multiacre sinkhole that emerged last year in the swamplands of Bayou Corne following the alleged collapse of an underground salt dome cavern excavated by Texas Brine. Judge Zainey found that the plaintiffs, a group from Assumption Parish, La., had shown that the potential class was large enough and had enough in common that they were best served by their claims going forward together.
Vulcan wasn’t an original party to any of the lawsuits, but Texas Brine sued Vulcan as a third-party defendant, seeking contractual indemnification and fault-based contribution. Vulcan now says the disqualification of Texas Brine’s counsel in the proceeding is warranted and necessary, and urges the court to prevent Kean Miller — as well as Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC — from serving as Texas Brine’s counsel. . . .
. . . . The plaintiffs are represented by class counsel Calvin C. Fayard Jr. of Fayard & Honeycutt APC, among others.
Vulcan is represented by Roy C. Cheatwood, Kent A. Lambert, Adam B. Zuckerman and Tyler K. Weidlich of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.
Texas Brine is represented by Bradley C. Myers, Glenn M. Farnet, Troy J. Charpentier and Katie D. Bell of Kean Miller LLP.
The lead case is Lisa T. LeBlanc et al. v. Texas Brine Co. LLC et al., case number 2:12-cv-02059, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. . . . (more)
The Advertiser on Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré – ‘Hero of New Orleans’ Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré sets his sights on the environment
Helicorders still jumpy. LA14 -
New Orleans Times-Picaune – East Bank levee authority votes to reaffirm wetlands damage lawsuit against energy companies
By Mark Schleifstein
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East voted 5-3 during a special meeting Thursday (Dec. 5) to reaffirm its decision to file suit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies to force them to restore damaged wetlands outside the East Bank levee system or pay for damage that cannot be restored. . . .
Watch for planted stories, letters to the editor, Op-Ed pieces and trolls saying “lawyers take all the money and don’t care about the ecology”, “these law suits are hurting our economy”, “lawyers steal all the money they win in lawsuits”, “plaintiffs are abusing the legal system because they are sue-happy, unbalanced nuts” etc. etc.
Oil companies and their reps pay huge fees to scallywags like Stratfor to spew dis-info when their clients get caught being bad.
Lake FUBAR calmed down overnight. Tired out after a solid week of great seismic activity below. The big freeze affecting Texas won’t hit south Louisiana it seems.
(12-3) DOTD has some news!
In light of the most recent developments involving a second cavern [HUH??] located closer to LA 70, DOTD is moving forward with plans for enhanced and automated, continuous monitoring of LA 70 and the three area bridges (Bayou Corne, Grand Bayou and Bayou Choupique) for movement and subsidence. These enhancements include the installation of tilt and accelerometer sensors on all three bridges, and Shaped-Accelerometer Arrays (SAA) located between the LA 70 right-of-way and the sinkhole, and at the two closest bridge locations to measure movement. (120 feet in length; measure vertically and horizontally)
Of interest from Climate Viewer (science) – Locating Deeply Buried Facilities - is the DNR still really trying to say they don’t know where all the abandoned wells are in Louisiana?
HOUSTON — Royal Dutch Shell said Thursday it is abandoning plans for a massive gas-to-liquids plant envisioned for Louisiana, citing poor economics for the project that was expected to cost more than $20 billion.
The plant would have turned natural gas into diesel, jet fuel and other liquids, but the company determined that it would be too costly.
This is why we have a bee in our bonnet about the New Madrid Fault Zone activity lately -
ANF map today:
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NBC 6 – Dozens of Whales Stranded in Everglades National Park
A pod of 20-30 whales has been stranded in shallow waters in a remote area of Everglades National Park, officials said
Crosstex has an update -
The Advocate reports - An Addis man owes the owners of an Assumption Parish company $114,969 for pumping 380,000 gallons of unauthorized industrial wastewater down their injection well, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in Baton Rouge.
LINK - http://youtu.be/TSHB9DW4NTI
The ANF Map shows a lot of activity in the New Madrid Failt Zone today (3 red squares).
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 News – North Texas earthquakes trigger dam inspections
The Advocate – Monolyte 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.
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. . . .
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. . . .
That TV Show on Bayou Corne is on TONIGHT!
Tune in Tonight! TV, LPB – “Louisiana, The State We’re In”
7pm on LPB