Fire & Explosion at Brunswick Nuke Plant (N.C.)

Watch out that whole east coast doesn’t get up it its ears in old, creaky nuke plants bursting apart! That’s 2 in one week!
Indian Point mess is on the FC blog ….

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ENE-News Officials: Fire/Explosion Reported at US Nuclear Plant — Emergency Alert Declared — Fire/Explosion occurred after “unexpected power decrease” in reactor — “Emergency response facilities staffed” — “Abnormal event with potential to impact… public health and safety” (VIDEO)

whiteRAD_yelRedFacility: BRUNSWICK [Nuclear Plant in North Carolina]… Emergency Class: ALERT… EMERGENCY DECLARED… RPS [Reactor Protection System] ACTUATION – CRITICAL… MANUAL SCRAM AND ALERT DECLARATION DUE TO ELECTRICAL FAULT RESULTING IN FIRE/EXPLOSION…

http://enenews.com/officials-emergency-alert-declared-nuclear-plant-fireexplosion-reported-after-unexpected-power-decrease-reactor-emergency-response-facilities-staffed-abnormal-event-potential-impact-public-he

Info on Brunswickhere and here.  It is in Southport, N.C..

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The Seneca Lake, Porter Ranch, Bayou Corne Connection

My Valley: Save Porter Ranch has New York support

Porter Ranch residents outraged about the massive natural gal leak above their community have found some allies on the other side of the country.

A group called We Are Seneca Lake is protesting a Texas-based company’s plan to expand a natural gas storage facility and seeking approval to store liquefied petroleum gases at its property on this bucolic lake, the deepest in the Finger Lakes chain in the southwestern part of New York. . . .”

“. . . . Seneca Lake, with a depth of 618 feet, is the deepest Finger Lake. The lake is so deep that Dresden, a village on the western shore, is home to a U.S. Navy sonar testing facility.

Gas storage here would be in old salt mines that start roughly 400 feet under the lake bottom . . . “

http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20160124/my-valley-save-porter-ranch-has-new-york-support

Note – this L.A. paper, The Daily News has many articles on the natural gas industry and on the situation at Porter Ranch.

More on the Los Angeles Porter Ranch gas leak –

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Porter Ranch, like Bayou Corne is a victim of lax oversight over the gas storage industry, antiquated rules, good-ol’-boy political cronyism and sloppy out-of-town operators who could care less about home owners or the health of the residents where they put their shoddy facilities.  That’s what we think!

 

Flood Warnings (not for Assumption Parish though) < Feb. 3 UPDATE

UPDATE – Feb. 3

The water level at Donaldsonville is going down. The higher water is come downstream on the other side of N.O.. Pearl River is getting higher – chart
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Louisiana LIVE DATA on river stages (map)

NEWS

Open-Air Explosives Burn Plan –

LiveAmmo   Colfax meeting Thursday is to prepare for DEQ hearing

” . . . . Some scientists and environmentalists say the contaminants from the waste that is openly burned are a threat to human health, especially in a 40-mile radius of the company’s 700-acre site located off La. Highway 471 about 5 miles northwest of the town of Colfax.”

Colfax is ½ way between Shreveport and Baton Rouge, north from Bayou Corne. MAP

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CrosstexHarryAbout the butane stored next to Lake FUBAR … Crostex hasn’t put out an update ALL YEAR(!)

Important LA 12 helicorder has been BROKEN for 3 months now. LA 10-02 is also still broken. LA 10-01 (surface) shows a lot of bangs. LA 17-02 looks like a dog got it and is shaking it like a rat.

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950 PM CST WED JAN 27 2016

...The flood warning continues for the following rivers in
Louisiana...

  Mississippi River At Red River Landing affecting East Baton
  Rouge...Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana Parishes

  Mississippi River At Baton Rouge affecting East Baton Rouge and
  West Baton Rouge Parishes

  Mississippi River At Donaldsonville affecting Ascension Parish

  Mississippi River At Reserve affecting St. Charles...St. James and
  St. John The Baptist Parishes

WAFB River Stages

We’ll keep an eye on snow melt this week – FC

This flood season brings subsidence to mind. Just added this doc to the SALT DOME page (at the bottom) – Effects of Earthquakes, Fault Movements, and Subsidence on the S. Louisiana Landscape
It has this interesting map – (big size, click to see)
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NEWS

New St. Bernard president signs coastal lawsuit deal with top donors

(Dec. 23) A Federal Judge in Sinkhole Litigation applies Louisiana Law to one Excess Insurance Policy

Case: Lisa Leblanc, et al v. Texas Brine Co., LLC, et al.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
No. 12:12-2059 & Consolidated Cases (E.D. La. November 23, 2015)

This litigation involves a consolidated $80 million class action to recover damages resulting from the development of a sinkhole on property allegedly belonging to and or under the Defendants, Texas Brine Co., LLC and Occidental Chemical Corporation in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. The sinkhole was allegedly caused by Texas Brine’s operations, and in response to Plaintiffs’ claims, Texas Brine sued numerous insurers that issued liability policies to the company over the past 20 years. In the demands, Texas Brine seeks defense and indemnity, and with respect to one excess carrier, Liberty Insurance Underwriters (Liberty), Texas Brine also seeks damages, penalties and attorneys fees under La. R.S. Section 22:1973, one of Louisiana’s bad faith statutes. The putative class of Plaintiffs also filed claims against Texas Brine’s insurers under the Louisiana Direct Action Statute, La. R.S. 22:1269. . . .  (more)

(Dec. 30) – Federal Court in Louisiana Finds Louisiana Law Applies to Texas Insured’s Claims Against Insurer Relating to Louisiana incident

Use of federal drinking water varies in Deep South

“ATLANTA (AP) — Much of the so-called “set aside” money intended to help states comply with federal drinking water requirements covers salaries of state employees and payment to private contractors, according to state records in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi reviewed by The Associated Press. In addition to providing loans for local water projects, the federal Drinking Water State Revolving Fund allows states to set aside up to 31 percent of the money they receive for operating and administrative costs. . . .”

On That Barge Crash Tuesday Near Waterford 3 Nuke Plant

New Orleans Times-PicayuneBarge capsizes near Hahnville, closing Mississippi River to ships

“A barge carrying caustic soda capsized in the Mississippi River above Hahnville on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 26), forcing the closure of the river to ship traffic between mile markers 126 and 131...”

We couldn’t find mile marker 131, but it seems near the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
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Mining Awareness says “That is either just below or could be at Waterford! What happens for water intake? “
Let’s see . . . .

Renewal Application for Permit LA0007374, Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station, Index of Application through Revision 0 to Technical Procedure CE-002-036  <   (207 pages)

p.172:  “The Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station is an existing facility that discharges wastewater to the Mississippi River and 40 Arpent Canal.”

Graphic from that document:

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Drainage map (also big size):

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ClivateViewer Map showing Waterford 3 proximity to the spillway across the river

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Mining AwarenessEntergy to US Coast Guard Notice Form has Waterford Nuclear Safety Zone at Wrong Location

Coast Guard NewsCoast Guard continues response to collision, sinking on Lower Mississippi River near Memphis

Coast Guard reopens portions of the Mississippi River

“NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has reopened the Mississippi River to one-way traffic from mile marker 127 to mile marker 129 to all vessels, near Hahnville, Louisiana.

The Mississippi River was closed Tuesday in response to a collision between two towing vessels near mile marker 129 on the Mississippi River. One barge carrying caustic soda capsized in the river….”

River Bend nuke plant is still shut down0% power < MORE: SCRAM at River Bend Nuke Plant

A Look at Tar Balls and Tar Mats

Revisiting the issue of BP’s tar balls and tar mats that keep washing up since the Deepwater Horizon debacle—

(2003) Trouble in the Columbia Riverbed:increasing radioactivity under the Hanford Reach (in Pacific NW near nuke dump superfund site)

(2012) Hurricane Isaac Churns Up Reminder of BP’s Damage to the Gulf of Mexico

” . . . . Tarballs and mats are showing up from Louisiana to Alabama, even forcing the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to issue a closure for commercial fishing in the area of a large oil mat off Elmer’s Island.”

Stewart Smith (2014) – In-Depth: The Gulf Is Still Sick

” . . . visitors let out “a collective gasp” at the condition of the once vibrant island in Louisiana’s Baratria Bay. “Today the only green thing on the beach is a glass bottle,” it reported. “There are no pelicans, no mangroves, and worse, much of Cat Island itself is washing away. It and most of the barrier islands and marsh in Barataria Bay are steadily degrading, losing their battles with coastal erosion and subsidence faster than ever.” “

2010 – DoJ refutes BP:
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANAOIL SPILL BY THE OIL RIG: MDLNO.2179 ‘DEEPWATER HORIZON’ IN THE GULF:OF MEXICO, ON APRIL 20, 2010 MEMORANDUM OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RESPONSE TO “BP DEFENDANTS’ MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTIONFOR FINAL APPROVAL OF DEEPWATER HORIZON ECONOMIC AND PROPERTY DAMAGES SETTLEMENT < PDF

BP & The Real State of the Gulf – Pollution Report for Friday, June 20, 2014

“Numerous Surface Residue Balls (SRBs or “tar balls”) were found throughout the area as well as a large submerged oil mat. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria.”

Mother Jones (2010) – Did You Know Tar Balls Glow Orange Under UV Light?

” . . . the machines that drive around collecting sand in giant sifters that are supposed to collect the tar balls while redepositing the pretty white sand. “But the sifters are breaking up the tar balls and spreading them all over the place,” Kirby says. “This operation and the traffic are spreading the contamination everywhere.”

(2010) Evidence Refutes BP’s and Fed’s Deceptions

“In August, Truthout conducted soil and water sampling in Pass Christian Harbor, Mississippi; on Grand Isle, Louisiana; and around barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana, in order to test for the presence of oil from BP’s Macondo Well.

Laboratory test results from the samples taken in these areas show extremely high concentrations of oil in both the soil and water.

These results contradict consistent claims made by the federal government and BP since early August that much of the Gulf of Mexico is now free of oil and safe for fishing and recreational use.”

(2014) Study: Tar balls found in Gulf teeming with ‘flesh-eating’ bacteria

“The CDC data on vibriosis includes all vibrio species except cholera, so it’s unclear how much of the increase in the past five years is due to infection by the flesh-eating bacteria that can cause death.

One researcher who studies Vibrio vulnificus found it highly concentrated in tar balls that appeared along the Gulf Coast after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”

NOAA says “Vibrio infections had risen “dramatically” in recent years, with a 78 percent increase between 1996 and 2006.”
Auburn Univ. says “Vibrio vulnificus was 10 times higher in tar balls than in sand and up to 10 times higher than in seawater.”
BP says “This is a naturally occurring bacteria found in the Gulf of Mexico. Neither the Alabama Department of Health nor the Centers for Disease Control have reported any significant increase in cases in the last three years and no individual case of vibrio infection has been linked to tar ball exposure.”

(2012) Deadly Bacteria Lurk in Deepwater Horizon Tar Balls

Stuart Smith (2011) – Chernobyl in the Gulf of Mexico

radRED88” . . .one of the stories that hasn’t made headlines is that in addition to the crude and toxic dispersants, the spill also released dangerous amounts of radioactive material into the Gulf.”

“. . . . Reports of unexplained health problems are soaring – and the primary suspects are the toxic compounds contained in BP’s oil and the chemical dispersants used to break down the crude. From flu-like symptoms to blindness to intense chest pain to severe sinus inflammation, people across the Gulf region are reporting debilitating illnesses in the wake of the spill.”

“The production of oil delivers several different waste streams into the environment in an uncontrolled release like the BP disaster. Besides the oil itself, highly toxic compounds are also present in the gas streams jettisoned from the well, including methane and hydrogen sulfide. A waste byproduct known as “produced water” is also simultaneously discharged with the oil and gases from the well. Every oil and gas formation, or reservoir, contains these waste streams.

The toxins associated with these streams can be broken down into three primary categories: (1) organic elements like benzene; (2) inorganic heavy metals including lead, chromium and cadmium; and (3) most important, naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM).

Radioactive elements such as radium, thorium and uranium are known byproducts of the oil production process. These toxic elements are extracted from the ground along with the oil and gas, and are separated from the fossil fuels as part of the production process. Once the NORM is extracted, it is flushed directly back into the ocean in the waste-stream byproduct known as produced water. Their discharge into the Gulf of Mexico has been a daily reality since the 1950s – but the amount that was released into the water from the runaway Macondo Well is unprecedented.

(2011) Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Gulf Seafood Radium Levels [ has notes and links on the bottom ]

“Due to lack of research, little is know about the effects of NORM exposure in the Gulf of Mexico and how it affects ocean life and humans. ”  radBottle_51

Dr. Busby’s report on the discharge of radioactive material into the Gulf is here:
http://www.scribd.com/full/49647149?access_key=key-1xcpnhn9boiq0tewc6iu

(2010) Uranium and radioactivity content of the Macondo oil – Preliminary Note
By Chris Busby, PhD

Oil Uranium Final

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/49647149/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&show_recommendations=true

(2012) Scientists Are One Step Closer To Extracting Uranium From Seawater

(2012) Auburn Univ. – Impact of Hurricane Isaac on Mobilizing Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Residues along Alabama’s Coastline – A Physicochemical Characterization Study

” . . . Lee data demonstrated the potential for remobilization of tar mats by similar storm events in the future.

(2013) Marine Pollution Bulletin – Chemical fingerprinting of petroleum biomarkers in Deepwater Horizon oil spill samples collected from Alabama shoreline

“We compare the chromatographic signatures of petroleum biomarkers in Deepwater Horizon (DH) source oil, three other reference crude oils, DH emulsified mousse that arrived on Alabama’s shoreline in June 2010, and seven tar balls collected from Alabama beaches from 2011 to 2012. Characteristic hopane and sterane fingerprints show that all the tar ball samples originated from DH oil.”

Vice News (2015) – Tar Balls, Disappearing Islands, and ‘Unexplained Mortality Events’: Five Years After the BP Disaster

“. . . Every hour, a football field’s worth of Louisiana’s rich coastal marsh gives way to the sea. Environmentalists often call it a “sacrifice zone,” an area written off in pursuit of profit.”
” . . . They didn’t talk a lot about some of the published studies that indicate a substantial fraction of that oil remains on the bottom, and it remains toxic,” he said. “They kind of dismissed that.”

Lake FUBAR Rocks to Mexican Tune! Saturday Hat Dance All Over the World!

A 6.6M earthquake off Mexico’s Pacific side SHOOK UP Lake Fubar!

USGS quake report  LA-18
LA18_MexQuake2016THEN . . . 

Something big happened around 9 p.m. CST —

and it doesn’t match any quakes on the USGS list.

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SATURDAY UPDATE  (1-23)

Walter noticed ALL the helicorders all over (not just Louisiana) are goin’ nuts.

THEY ARE!
Check this worldwide helicorder map and check ANY location now and compare to Friday or Thursday. You will see the familiar Mexico quake on the Americas’ helis. And then everything goes batsh-t crazy today!

We did some screen grabs from the world monitoring site.

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We added 2 new links to the Seismic Monitoring section on the right sidebar (this map plus the frac quake page from VA Tech).
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SUNDAY:  7.1 quake up in Alaska. We don’t know what this means for Lake FUBAR.

USGS Report –  see also update about that area on the Yellowstone blog.


Some Drinking Water News –

It’s not just Flint that’s poisoned mentions New Orleans

The drinking water in St. Joseph (Tensas Parish) is in very bad shape. There is awful brown water coming out of the taps. See photos here: http://www.saintalbansepiscopal.org/2016/01/st-joseph-water.html

The city was appropriated $6m to fix its water system. But the town failed to provide an audit to the state government, which has blocked the funding from reaching the town.  http://www.hannapub.com/franklinsun/st-joseph-fails-to-hand-over-financials/article_02eb5d80-b5cb-11e3-862c-001a4bcf6878.html  This failure of leadership is hurting the community. The people need strong leadership to get the funding to fix the problem. Further, the city needs state and federal intervention.

Please sign the petition to get federal intervention here, and please forward this along to your members: http://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/clean-drinking-water-st-joseph-louisiana

Huge BOOM at Lake FUBAR After 1 A.M.

As Walter said, “What fell down?”.

LA18 shows it.
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Quake Watch’s LA18 chart shows it (at 7:07 A.M. UTC). Same event.

So does LA 10-01

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NOTE: On the Yellowstone blog, YS watcher, Mary Greeley says the USGS is turning the helicorders there on teeny tiny setting. – F.C.

UPDATE: On River Bend NPP in the post about nuke plants and the flooding.

Scroll down to the NEWS post for info on the big plan to open-burn old explosives in Louisiana.