With high water coming down the Mississippi headed toward Louisiana will the multiple repairs to the berm road done today succeed?
Is this cool weather storm system coming to South Louisiana from the west?
The Advocate - All 5 holes in Assumption sinkhole’s containment berm now plugged
Water Crisis News covers Lake Peigneur salt-dome-threat story.
Mississippi River flood warning (Baton Rouge area) continues.
Thoughts about the Texas salt dome explosion years ago – Salt dome explosion: 20 years later
[snip] ” . . . . I learned from a volunteer firefighter that a young Brenham police officer found the lifeless body of a blue-eyed, blonde-haired 5-year-old boy named Derrick Meinen. His mother, they said, was taken by helicopter to Hermann Hospital in Houston. Meanwhile, a resident told me about three other lives in danger: A mother and her adult daughter were burned over 60 percent of their body when their car was flattened by the explosion; the 3-year-old child in the car was burned as well. All were taken to a Houston hospital. . . .”
Some reports came out May 13 but there are many plans, reports and assessments that have no reporting for 2013. No photos in 3 weeks. The weekly fly-overs have become rare. These oil and gas companies have a directive to produce DAILY reports. Where are they? The last “daily” report by company is from May 9th.
This is typical – Tetra Tech operations “Daily Report” is six days old. Oh, and they claim the west berm is getting replaced because it has “settled”. They are in charge of important data sampling (no hurry on that!) and cannot say what is going on at Lake FUBAR. The collapsing cavern is CAUSING EARTHQUAKES. It is NOT “settling”.
- Data Sampling page – nothing at all for 2013.
- Field Status – nothing since March 11.
- DNR site photos - nothing at all for 2013.
- DEQ – no well water test results for 2013.
DHH is a little mixed up. In Situation Summaries put out by GOHSEP they claim (p.20) they are not checking well water samples. But in not-daily reports from DOW they say they are getting samples and sending them in every time. So if DEQ and DHH don’t have the sample results where are they going? Do they have the results and they just sit on them?
Why would DHH and DEQ lie about this to the public they are tasked to protect. Maybe that isn’t their task after all.
UPDATE, May 17
An update from Texas Brine for May 15th trickled in. No one else inspired to shake a leg. The update says they are putting in geo-phones. That work is showing up on seismic charts.
New Madrid Fault Zone itchy -
2.4 quake Damascus, Arkansas < MAP
1.7 quake Graysville, Tennessee < MAP < Next to Watts Bar nuke plant (!)
1.6 quake Philadelphia, Tennessee < MAP
2.3 quake Mineral, Virginia < MAP < Next to North Anna nuke plant(!)
HUGE, HUGE worldwide BIG earthquake activity
today recently – USGS list - ALL TODAY
6.8 39km W of Agrihan, Northern Mariana Islands2013-05-14 00:32:25 UTC601.8 km deep
6.5 139km NW of Neiafu, Tonga 2013-05-11 20:46:56 UTC205.4 km deep
6.5 31km N of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-23 23:14:42 UTC23.3 km deep
6.0 20km NNW of La Union, Mexico 2013-04-22 01:16:33 UTC30.0 km deep
6.6 56km WSW of Linqiong, China 2013-04-20 00:02:47 UTC14.0 km deep
7.2 251km ENE of Kuril’sk, Russia 2013-04-19 03:05:52 UTC112.2 km deep
6.6 23km ESE of Aitape, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-16 22:55:27 UTC13.0 km deep
7.7 83km E of Khash, Iran 2013-04-16 10:44:20 UTC82.0 km deep
4.2 8km ENE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 10:16:53 UTC5.0 km deep
4.4 12km ENE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 06:56:30 UTC5.0 km deep
Maybe it has to do with this (except OK quakes) -
Above big list ISN’T today … but there are big quakes recently! We got confused by the ‘new’ USGS website.
DNR put out the Inspection Report for May 13.
The Advocate – Cavern operator hit with sixth lawsuit in sinkhole dispute
By David J. Mitchell
NAPOLEONVILLE — Crosstex Energy Services LP has sued the operator of a failed salt dome cavern suspected of causing a 15.1-acre sinkhole last year in Assumption Parish and forcing the permanent closure of a Crosstex natural gas pipeline.
Filed April 22 in the 23rd Judicial District Court in Assumption, the lawsuit claims cavern operator Texas Brine Co. of Houston knew or should have known the salt dome cavern was defective and alleges the resulting harm could have been prevented.
The suit seeking damages is the sixth filed in state and federal courts over the growing swampland sinkhole between the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities.
Crosstex became the first among several companies operating caverns in the Napoleonville Dome to bring suit against Texas Brine. Other suits filed so far have been brought by evacuated residents or owners of large tracts near the sinkhole. . . .
“Zacks downgraded shares of Crosstex Energy LP (NASDAQ: XTEX) from a neutral rating to an underperform rating in a report issued on Monday, Stock Ratings Network reports. “
This isn’t 17 year locusts -
(not fact-checked) – Giant Louisiana sinkhole burps again, work ceased
LATE TUESDAY NEWS
NEW FLY OVER from On Wings of Care
DNR Inspection Report out, May 6th
CROSSTEX is ADDING LPG mix to Well #2!!!
Update for May 2 posted. Well#2: 100,491 barrels of the explosive stuff. (Who knows what’s there NOW!)
Other companies’ “updates” up to May 2nd. Texas Brine’s says nothing. Their hidden daily update (May 6) hasn’t much new either. Another nothing report indicates H2S amounts as under 1.0% but doesn’t say what the amount is. DNR not asking either.
Louisiana Weekly – LSU study: Damaged minnow shows BP oil seeping into coastal food chain And att’y. Stuart Smith writes why this isn’t trivia – 3 years later, “the canary in the coal mine” is dying in the Gulf
The Office of Conservation, in consultation with Assumption Parish Incident Command, is advising the public that the Oxy 3/sinkhole monitoring alert status has been raised to Code 3 – requiring all work directly on the sinkhole, Oxy 3 pad and within the containment berm to cease until further notice. Seismic monitoring had detected a sustained increase in the trend of micro-earthquake (MEQ) activity in the area around the sinkhole and Oxy 3 over the past week, and a marked uptick in MEQs in the past day.
Change of Code on a SUNDAY!
The Office of Conservation, in consultation with lawyers and political hacks, is advising the public that the Oxy 3 MESS status has been raised to Code 3 – requiring all work directly on the sinkhole, Oxy 3 pad and within the containment berm to cease until further notice.
Seismic monitoring had detected a sustained increase in earthquakes in the area around the sinkhole and Oxy 3 over the past week, and a marked uptick in man-made earthquakes in the past day. This pattern of seismic increase has been identified as an indicator of likely shifting and caving-in of the giant sinkhole and the area below it, based on past observations.
The seismic activity is limited to the Oxy 3 disaster area, showing no indication of impact to the Oxy 1 area. . . we hope, hope, hope. . . because otherwise our asses are COOKED! Monitoring is constantly (during commercials on ESPN) ongoing in the area from a really safe distance by laptop connection and those cameras we keep secret. Conservation will advise the public of significant changes in subsurface conditions or maybe not. We have some photoshop guys who fix up charts real good!
===============They must we watching the seismos (that are left)! Head up! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKHUGvde7KU]