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MONDAY NEWS

Fluid movement after 9 a.m. this morning. LA12 shows it.

Attorney, Stuart Smith – Progress for the people of Louisiana

One of the major themes I’ve been writing about frequently in the last year is the rising environmental movement in Louisiana. To be clear, my home state already boasted some fierce fighters for environmental justice, like Marylee Orr and her Louisiana Environmental Action Network, or the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, doing battle with dirty chemical plants. But the shock of recent events such as the BP oil spill and the Bayou Corne sinkhole has caused a lot more people to wake up, and they’ve rallied behind movements like Gen. Russel Honore’s “Green Army.” . . .

Texas Brine put out  a fact sheet about how they plug wells.

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News Bits

Tuesday

Attorney Stuart Smith opines on Texas Brine’s water discharge permit deal – A terrible quick fix for the Louisiana sinkhole

Wednesday

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At 1:34 a.m. something shook up Lake FUBAR … but not all of the helicorders went off. There was a 6.7M quake in Guam at 1:14 a.m. CST.

Temorary, Arkansas showed it too.  LA10-01 and 02 are broken.

LA10-03, LA12 etc. showed it clearly but, oddly, LA17-01 (lower borehole) did not and neither did LA21. LA21 shows a big ding at 3 a.m..

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Thursday

Seismic activity returned around 6:45 a.m.. Some helicorders show ‘fuzz’ and no big dings and others look like this:

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Jumping Jack Flash has an announcement about a book. He is interesting.

Crosstex is moving butane - from their dangerous cavern. Sept. 17 report, Sept. 18 report.

Agency can look at rig owner’s role in oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board’s right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.
Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was drilling for BP PLC at its Macondo well, about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast when an explosion killed 11 workers and led to the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.

Environmental groups crank up heat on methane mandates

WASHINGTON _ Environmental groups on Thursday pressured the Obama administration to clamp down on methane leaking from the oil and gas sector by imposing new regulations targeting wells, valves and other infrastructure….

Friday

Strange Sounds – Earthquake Map: Dangerous US Earthquake Hot Spots Beyond California < has video

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Fluid movement at LA12 at 10:14 p.m. with a big spike after about 20 minutes.

DEQ Trying to Hold a Public Meeting TUESDAY with Almost NO Notice

They are trying to pull a fast one!

PUBLIC HEARING AND REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON A DRAFT WATER DISCHARGE PERMIT

September 9, 2014

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m.,

at the Assumption Parish Community Center, Ballroom,

4910 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390.

PUBLIC NOTICE (sic)

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (LDEQ) TEXAS BRINE COMPANY, LLC / GRAND BAYOU (BAYOU CORNE) INCIDENT PUBLIC HEARING AND REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
ON
A DRAFT WATER DISCHARGE PERMIT & THE ASSOCIATED ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

DETAILS


Texas Brine and the Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality are trying to pull a fast one on the citizens of Assumption Parish. There was an emergency permit issued for TB to dump waste water from the vent wells and observation wells back into the sinkhole which is directly connected to the aquifer. Now, they are seeking to be allowed to do this permanently.

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.

Weekend News & Early Monday Twang

Saturday the helicorders are jumpy.

The AdvocateResidents settle for $48 million in sinkhole lawsuit

” . . .  The settlement comes a few weeks after Texas Brine closed on the last of the 66 direct, out-of-court property buyouts and appears to provide a path toward conclusion for another wave of Bayou Corne residents displaced by the sinkhole disaster now more than 20 months old.

Several suits over the sinkhole are pending against Texas Brine and are not part of the proposed settlement, including those brought by pipeline companies, large landowners, parish government and the state. . . . “

Lake FUBAR is a regular juke joint!

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Sunday – Ditto

After midnight (12:15 a.m. Monday) there was something big that went “twang” at Lake FUBAR.

Shows here on LA12 but it was on most helicorders.

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Study: Gas-charged fluids creating seismicity associated with a Louisiana sinkhole

Bayou Corne Sinkhole Expanding; Seismicity Increasing

Natural earthquakes and nuclear explosions produce seismic waves that register on seismic monitoring networks around the globe, allowing the scientific community to pinpoint the location of the events. In order to distinguish seismic waves produced by a variety of activities — from traffic to mining to explosions — scientists study the seismic waves generated by as many types of events as possible. In August 2012, the emergence of a very large sinkhole at the Napoleonville Salt Dome in Louisiana offered University of California, Berkeley scientists the opportunity to detect, locate and analyze a rich sequence of 62 seismic events that occurred one day prior to its discovery. . .  (more)

http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=6139

Dutchsinse has more with graphics.

And The Examiner has more – Louisiana sinkhole ‘volcanic eruptions’, ‘explosions’ explained

Bayou Corne sinkhole collapses into AQUIFER

Bayou Corne Sinkhole Expanding; Seismicity Increasing

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Fluid Movement at New-New South Berm

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Wed. night after 10:30 p.m. a long slosh is seen on LA10-03. And LA17-02

 LA12 shows it plus a BIG SLOSH before at 9 p.m. (the start of the event??) … LA11 shows it just slightly. . .and it shows up at  LA18  , LA14,

No slosh at see 17-01, LA-21, LA19  (indicating it is from a local source at Lake FUBAR).    heli_button

No slosh at LA10-01 but a mystery 8 minute outage at 10:22.

You can see on this map the SLOSHING is all next to the new-new south berm:

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CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE

UPDATE – A big long slosh around 3:45 p.m. – shown here on LA10-03  Then after 4 p.m. the sloshing is followed by 3 sharp dings shown at LA21.

NEW MAPS by Keith M.

These are new Bayou Corne maps made using Google Earth.  They have all been added to the MAPS page (left sidebar) to make them easy to find.

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE:

1]  Lake FUBAR

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2] Helicorder locations as of today

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3] Helicorders + butane tanks as of today

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 This map shows the new-new south berm very well.

LINK –  http://youtu.be/YMnuSoULH64

The AdvocateVideo: Water quality advocates ‘Flood Into Baton Rouge’

(June 26) WWLTV – Frustrations continue to rise over Bayou Corne sinkhole

BAYOU CORNE — Frustration continues at the Bayou Corne sinkhole despite assurances from parish officials as well as the company that operated the collapsed underground salt dome cavern.

“Texas Brine indicated to the community that they should be able to remove all gas by the end of the year,” said John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. “I would say that it’s probably their plan, but I don’t believe that can happen”.
[ This story got reprinted by many news outlets :)  ]

2.7 quake at Yellville, Arkansas

Study shows how drilling wastewater causes quakes

A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma.

Those wells seem to have triggered more than 100 small-to-medium earthquakes in the past five years, according to a study published Thursday by the journal Science. Many of the quakes were much farther away from the wells than expected.

Combined, those wells daily pour more than 5 million gallons of water a mile or two underground into rock formations, the study found. That buildup of fluid creates more pressure that “has to go somewhere,” said study lead author Cornell University seismologist Katie Keranen. . .

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