Sunday – Anything Can Happen Day!

Heli_ANI
We give up. We don’t have any idea what this wacky graph means (from LA12 today).

AND . . .  Monday there was a lot of fluid movement at 3 p.m..

In case it matters – there’s a ton of pretty big quakes lately down in Ecuador.

Energy Department: U.S. must act now on methane emissions

WASHINGTON — The United States can’t afford to wait until it understands the amount of methane escaping from oil and gas wells, pipelines and infrastructure before plugging those leaks, officials said Monday.

“We know enough to act,” said Judi Greenwald, a deputy director for climate, environment and efficiency at the Energy Department, . . .

. . . . Under a 2012 EPA rule, companies also have until until Jan. 1, 2015 to begin using so-called “green completion” equipment that can pare volatile organic compounds and methane emissions when natural gas wells are hydraulically fractured. The EPA could seek to expand that requirement to oil wells and could impose new requirements for compressors, pneumatic valves and other equipment.

Supreme Court denies Louisiana lawsuits against BP

Lake FUBAR – Crazy Since Last Saturday

Heli_ANINo let up in seismic activity all week!

NOW – LA12 konked out(!) — after it had been showing some of the bigger activity this week. Scroll down for more charts and see comments for Friday’s activity and more reports from readers.

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The OTHER helicorder from Iris shows lots of activity at LA12 today.  From noon until 11 p.m. Friday it showed a ton of activity too.

LA17 badly affected too.

Water scarcity concerns grow from use of fracking

Solar Storm Friday, Iceland Crater Unstable (?)

Solar Storms Sending Biggest Threats to Earth Today and Tomorrow

Global positioning system and radio transmissions may be degraded through tomorrow as two solar eruptions strike Earth and affect its magnetic field.

The U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center is tracking two two coronal mass ejections, “huge expulsions of magnetic field and plasma” that shot out of an area near the center of the sun’s disc.

“Essentially the sun just shot out a magnet and it is about to interact with another magnet, Earth’s magnet,” William Murtagh, program coordinator of the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center, said yesterday. When the ejections reach Earth, they will touch off geomagnetic storms that are forecast to last at least until tomorrow. . . .

Will this solar storm affect helicords’ display? Will anyone provide backup observation (like going to Lake FUBAR and looking at it)?    heli_button

At 4 a.m. Lake FUBAR got the grumbles. we doubt it is cultural noise as  work doesn’t usually start there before sun up.

We should pay attention to the weather now as storms from the east close in. Extra rain means extra weight on fragile cavern walls in Lake FUBAR!
Weather Channel –  Tropical Disturbance Brews In Gulf of Mexico

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Texas – Fracking Company Sues Man For Lighting His Water On Fire

2.5 quake in Arlington, Texas

Three Earthquakes Rattle Texas So Far This Week

“… Earthquakes are often accompanied by loud “booms,” something that has become a source of anxiety in newly quake-prone parts of the state.”

Fracking Report: Residents near gas wells twice as likely to report symptoms, study finds

ICELAND –  “It Will Be Unlike Anything Ever Seen in Recorded History”

►”Scientists are now gravely concerned that the crater floor will soon collapse into a miles deep underground cavern filled with boiling white hot magma.

►”There’s 1 trillion gallons of water in the ice in Bardabunga crater.

►”When that falls into a lake of magma it will instantly flash into steam expanding 600 times in volume.

►”The magma, suddenly no longer contained by the crater floor and 1 trillion gallons of water will act like a shaken soft drink can when the top is popped.

“It will be an event unlike anything ever seen in recorded history.

[ article comments say the crater is not all so dangerous - FC ]

LINK –  http://youtu.be/PQ70u_UISrA

 

8:55 a.m. Update from the Office of Conservation

flyingcuttlefish:

OXY 3 —- DUCK N’ COVER!!

New(ish) Crosstex update

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Originally posted on Assumption Parish Police Jury:

The Office of Conservation and Assumption Parish Incident Command are reporting that seismic monitoring early Tuesday detected a brief period of increased seismic activity that appears to have been located in or near the eastern wall of the original Oxy Geismar 3 cavern. Though the number of micro-seismic events was elevated for several minutes, the number and strength were lower than have been witnessed in previous major events, and quickly diminished. Conservation and Assumption Parish Incident Command will continue to monitor the situation and advise the public of any developing concerns.

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More on Texas Brine’s Waste (Toxic) Water Dump Plan

The AdvocateTexas Brine’s plans to discharge water into sinkhole draws concerns < has good graphic

Texas Brine Co.’s push for a five-year state permit to discharge salty groundwater with traces of benzene and toluene into the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole has drawn concerns from environmentalists and landowners near the swampland hole in Assumption Parish.

From Texas Brine -

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Sent in:

To those who wish to voice their opposition,

DEQ will be accepting comments until 4:30 pm CST, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014.

Email your comments to DEQ.PUBLICNOTICES  ‘at’   LA.GOV

FAX to (225) 219-3309

Be sure to add the following at the top of your comments and put it in the “subject” portion of your email to make double sure that it gets in the right place: AI Number 182981, Permit Number LA0126917, and Activity Number PER20140001.

Here is what diligent resident, Mike Schaff has to say:

To:    Ms. Peggy Hatch
Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Re:    AI Number 182981, Permit Number LA0126917, and Activity Number PER20140001, Texas Brine, LLC,

MS. Hatch,
I would like to begin by reminding you of your department’s Mission Statement: “To provide service to the people of Louisiana through comprehensive environmental protection in order to promote and protect health, safety and welfare…”
I’ve lived in Assumption Parish my entire life. For more than century prior to the mid 1960’s, my family and our ancestors drew water from the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer (MRAA) for our potable water needs. With the advent of solution mining in the late 50’s, this water source slowly deteriorated to the point where we were required to find a new source for our water requirements.

That new source, purification of water from the Mississippi River via Bayou Lafourche, has failed us many times over the past few decades. In just the past two years since the sinkhole occurred, we’ve received several letters AFTER THE FACT that our water supply did not meet the required standards the month PRIOR to the letter being issued.

The point here is that man has not been very successful in trying to construct filters as efficient as Mother Nature has done herself.  We must not consider this aquifer a lost cause due to man’s voracious appetite for our finite resources. We MUST protect what little water supplies that we have… we must never let our decisions be made on what is more cost effective in the short term, but on what needs to be done to reverse the effects of the damages caused by this industry.

Keeping in mind that the sinkhole is directly connected to the aquifer, by allowing Texas Brine to return waste water from these vent wells is akin to allowing BP to skim the oil from the Gulf of Mexico and then dumping it back in the Gulf in a different location since it would not affect the quality of the water prior to skimming. This is ludicrous.

I ask you this question, Ms. Hatch, would you allow this waste water to be dumped into the Southern Hills aquifer in Baton Rouge? Would Texas Brine allow this waste to be trucked back to Texas and dumped into their own aquifers?

I think we know the answer to both of those questions. You would not allow it, as well you should not, we here in Bayou Corne and Assumption Parish demand that you not allow it here either.

The actions, inactions, statements and example that your department has set over the past 29 months in regard to the Bayou Corne / Grand Bayou manmade human environmental disaster has led to an extreme mistrust by most of us in the community of DEQ and the other state agencies. This is a chance for you to begin to heal those wounds… a chance for you to abide by your Vision Statement: “To be a respected steward of the State's environment.”

We respectfully request that you deny this permit application and have Texas Brine dispose of their waste water in an environmentally sound fashion by industries set up and properly licensed to deal with such wastes or by filtering and treating this water through industrial systems as required by all other members of industry in our state.

For the environment,

Mike Schaff
Resident of Paradise Stolen
Bayou Corne, Louisiana

 


 Scroll down to Sept. 8 to see earlier post on the meeting with more info.

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 …
chickenscratch

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.