Tuesday News

The Advocate - Residents settle for $48 million in sinkhole lawsuit

KATC – Texas Brine reaches Bayou Corne sinkhole settlement

Mother JonesResidents Displaced by Massive Sinkhole Reach $48 Million Settlement With Mining Company

Thanks to Net Vibes for news links;)

Deborah Dupré – La. Sinkhole Nat’l Sacrifice Zone: Energy Refugees Settle, $48M

Washington PostVance McAllister is part of a long line of scandalized Louisiana politicians. A VERY long line.

The Advocate  – Court ruling may lead to higher taxes for salt caverns

“Some cavern owners like Dow, however, have claimed they followed the law, arguing the caverns are land confused, which means it’s not their job to report.”

The Parish Blog has an update. They are still on Code 1.

Friday News

The parish blog relates, “Texas Brine has advised that an operational update meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at their command trailer. “ – Texas Brine is getting downright chatty lately. Let’s see if they make any home buy-out offers.

Harbinger?  Iowan sees flood insurance premium spike from $729 to $4,923

(Mar. 11) Stuart Smith: Louisiana’s oil and gas industry is in full panic mode

” . . .  Briggs was forced to admit under oath that he wasn’t aware of a single oil or gas company that had been forced to leave Louisiana because of the levee board’s action, even though that is exactly what the LOGA lawsuit alleges. . . .”

BPEarthWatch video says Yellowstone Helium 4 Level 1000 times Normal

The Watchers – 2011 Oklahoma human induced earthquake may have triggered larger quake – study

Central America continues to have very large earthquakes. M6.2 on Peru coast.

Mar. 11 Community Meeting Video Out

The parish put up a series of videos covering the community meeting -

LINK – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiC7oGZ2_B8 < series playlist

In Part 4 (1:00 min. in) they get asked about NORM and just waffle around the question. Did anyone hear the part where Texas Brine said they would pay a fair price for anyone’s home? Or expand the evacuation (compensation) area?

This is the slideshow CB&I showed. It is added to the Documents page. Note page 22 at the end uses a wrong and very misleading aerial photo of the sinkhole as it was a long time ago. That is for the non-locals to get the impression Lake FUBAR is just a few acres big.

Wednesday News

The 2014 Louisiana session has opened this week. The info to contact your Louisiana rep. is on the sidebar at the art graphic for LEAN. This session will be critical for preserving clean water and protecting aquifers from pollution.

LEAN has a lot of news now on their website.

Energy XXI to buy rival to take on private explorers in US Gulf
• Deal to create largest public producer focused on U.S. Gulf shelf
•Deal worth $1.53 bln

Big (gas) explosion in New York < lots of live coverage now on tv

The parish blog says they are “preparing rolls of geotextile fabric for placement on new south containment berm” … so is this some new berm south of the other new south berm?

WAFB – Texas Brine: New bubble site related to swamp gas, not giant sinkhole  < has video

The Advocate -Sinkhole showing signs of stabilizing, expert says

AP version – Expert: Sinkhole showing signs of stabilizing

New Orleans area: Mid-City sinkhole doubles in size as it goes unfixed

Thursday News

New Orleans Times-PicayuneJudge orders Oil and Gas Association president to appear in court Tuesday or face jail “Mr. Briggs has been subpoenaed, which is basically an order of the court,” [att'y.] Shows said. “Mr. Briggs failed to appear in court and the judge was not satisfied with the reason for his failure to appear. She has commanded him to come before her court Tuesday morning and respond to the subpoena.”

  • (The Times-Picayune is covering this gasbag, Briggs story very well)
  • His testimony (transcript)

Louisiana Public Broadcasting show, The Public Square on these oil guys, entire show. Lt. Gen. Russell Honore blasts state lawmakers for environmental damage, but downplays chance of run for governor

” . . .  The salt-dome collapse in Assumption Parish, he said, was because the company that owned is legally allowed to regulate itself — in other words, they can claim to have done nothing illegal because there is so little the law requires of them. Not only that, but the company is four years behind on its taxes — and the state couldn’t figure out how much it owed, because it had not been monitoring the company’s activity, Honore said.”

WAFB – Residents who remain near Bayou Corne sinkhole say they’re losing faith < has video

NOTE: Added to the right sidebar is a link to our post about how to follow the news from CARLSBAD, NM.


Update From Conservation Dept.


So they will reveal the results of the depth test?

Originally posted on Assumption Parish Police Jury:

*This update was posted on yesterday and due to a WordPress technical issue, the message wasn’t distributed.* 

Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Response Activity

Thursday, Feb. 13 work-

Sinkhole Activity Code 1 – indicating work is allowed on sinkhole and within containment berms. Seismic monitoring indicates continued low levels of subsurface activity near sinkhole/Oxy 3.

Air Monitoring/Sub-slab Sampling and Ventilation

- Conducting ventilation system inspections


- Pouring concrete for surface completions of ORWs 55, 56 (west of Bayou Corne, south of Sportsman’s Landing), 57 (east of Oxy 10 well pad) and 58 (south of La 70, west of Texas Brine facility)

- Building fence around ORW 58 (south of La 70, west of Texas Brine facility)

- Extending risers on passive vent wells PVW 1 (west of Bayou Corne) and 4 (east of Sportsman’s Landing) above accumulated water around wells

- Moving pump test equipment from ORW 38 (north of…

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10:45 a.m. Update from the Parish Blog


Did the tag flutter up there or is there no cavern anymore??

They remain at CODE 1 …. other announcement.

Texas Brine doesn’t have anything to say about all this but they did put out a fact-sheet about their swell berm road project.

Originally posted on Assumption Parish Police Jury:

Texas Brine advised that the tagging of Cavern 3 (performed on Friday 1/31/2014), was at 3,645′ which is 9′ from the cavern roof. As information becomes available, it will be shared here. 

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Snow on the way to Lake FUBAR? UPDATED


A winter WARNING from the weather report.  COLDheron1

Who knows what will happen if it snows at Lake FUBAR. Will the helicorders freeze?

WAFB weather map showing temperature.

The APPJ blog says everything is closed Tuesday due to cold. So the helicorders should be readable without a lot of trucks making them unreadable.

fluid at LA14 at 7 p.m..


2.3 quake in Howardville, Missouri < MAP

Kentucky has the shakes


EQ_128  ANF map today


New weather warning on the cold front. Will Lake FUBAR ice over? WAFB radar.  They started work on the berm roads this morning so we won’t get to see the helicorders today after all. frowny

Texas Brine put out a ‘fact sheet‘ on their great seismic monitor system (Jan. 23) and they illustrate it with a picture showing old helicorder layout. So old the west berm is in the original spot. Hey, Texas Brine, it’s a FACT your berm failed on the west side and your berm failed on the south side. And they didn’t FAIL because of quakes made by ‘normal’ brine operations.


Monday Abnormal Seismos

At quittin’ time when the truck “noise” dies down you can see all the helicorders have lots of seismic activity showing.

LA11_Jan20_2014LA11 also has missing time at 10 p.m..

A Big Explosion in Omaha

Search resumes for second body at Omaha plant

More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades, federal data show


Resident’s Meeting Videos


A slew of them!

Originally posted on Assumption Parish Police Jury:

Videos from the informational meeting held on yesterday have been uploaded and can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/user/assumptionla 


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