Camp Minden Cleaned Up

Army TimesAll unstable artillery propellant at Camp Minden burned

“MINDEN, La. — The Louisiana National Guard says a burn chamber used to dispose of thousands of tons of explosive material will not be used again at Camp Minden.

Friday the guard said the company responsible for burning the materials, Explosive Service International, is conducting cleanup activities, which will take approximately 30 days. . . ” (more)

Here’s our old archives on the problem.

BP Screws Up Alaska Again

BP Races to Contain North Slope Well After Finding Leaks

A well operated by BP Exploration Alaska Inc. on Alaska’s frigid North Slope is no longer spraying crude oil after leaks were discovered Friday morning.

The well, located in the Greater Prudhoe Bay area, was venting gas, which caused a spray of crude oil to impact the well pad. By Sunday afternoon in Alaska, that had been stopped. A second leak had been reduced but was still emitting gas, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said in a statement. Well pressure was monitored throughout the night and excess pressure was bled off to keep it within a safe range. . . .

RSOE Map

Infrastructure Issue and the Sinkhole Saga + News

We are  covering a dam about-to-fail story in California on the FC blog. There have been many stories in the news since about the problems looming nationwide from aged, crumbling infrastructure.
One thing there popping up is info on weathered rock being more brittle than deep, protected rock.

We wonder if these salt dome storage caverns’ age has anything to do with their integrity.

We also wonder why inexpensive camera drones aren’t used for flying over Lake FUBAR to inspect it.

 

The Advocate Across Louisiana, crumbling infrastructure threatens small town water supplies

The Advocate is focusing on water issues –

NEWS

This sounds not-too-smart –

Drill baby drill: Japanese scientists hope to reach the Earth’s mantle in massive borehole project

World News – More Methane, More Sinkholes

Mar. 15 Russia –
50 m (164 feet) wide sinkhole opens in Bashkiria, Russia

Strange Sounds –
From Canada to Siberia, permafrost thaw produces ‘hell’s mouth’ craters, sinking lands, and 7,000 methane pockets ready to blow

NASA ‘Detergent’ Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes