Friday News

Helicorders are doing all sorts of strange things today.


Video taken by Mike Schaff:



ENE-News –  Watch: Methane bubbling up in residents yard near giant sinkhole — “I can actually hear the bubbling” (VIDEO)

The Examiner – Breaking News: La. sinkhole area resident properties bubble after flood


A new DNR Inspection Report is out.



Arkansas gets radioactive sleet and snow but no warnings –


Thanks to Gaikokujin, comment on ENE-News

Louisiana Bayou Sinkhole: Governor Ignores the Sinkhole Expansion

Pages updated:

The Map Page has added an important map (in pink letters) showing all the things at the sinkhole area. It is from Assumption Parish.

We added a link to map of South East US drainage to the bottom of the post about high water in Tennessee. It shows the event will not affect Louisiana. But it is a lot of regional rain.

Rain story from Jan. 12th has an added video showing really dynamic satellite views of the big storm.

MORE here later . . . .

17 thoughts on “Friday News

  1. Not good. If someone has an air filter from a car that has been driven during this time-go to, get a mailing label and send it in (free test).

  2. I found this you know where BP went with this.
    Mercury: Recent ORNL Advances
    Measuring Species of Water-soluble Mercury Gas in Air
    Mercury is a heavy liquid metal, but it can float through the air as a gas. Researchers at ORNL have identified an important species of gaseous mercury in air that is highly soluble in water. This finding may help explain the concentration of mercury in precipitation and, as a result, in fish in lakes far from industrial discharges of mercury.

    ORNL Method Removes Mercury from Soil
    About five years ago, Richard Tyndall, then of ORNL’s Health Sciences Research Division, discovered a consortium of bacteria that resides within amoebae in soils on the Oak Ridge Reservation. These one-celled organisms apparently serve as a protective niche for the bacteria. Arpad Vass of the same division isolated bacteria from the amoebae and found that the bacteria produce a powerful biodispersant that breaks up oil. It was thought that these isolates could be used to break up slicks from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill into Prince William Sound that was environmentally damaging to Alaskan birds and fish. However, the idea was never tried.
    In the 1970s, researchers at ORNL discovered that green plants can take up mercury from the soil and from the air. Now, ORNL researchers have scientific proof that plants can also emit mercury to the air.

  3. OK, so here’s the plan. If the VSP can locate the breach through the outer oil/gas formations and it should there is a possible way to seal it off.

    To take care of the methane, a drilling rig due west can do a deep bore drill and tap into all the oil sands, from Big Hum to Marg Vag and the Cris’s. By using the methane on top of the oil and by pumping the oil and formation waters out, then we have taken care of the methane pressures and the bubbling sites will disappear.

    Set Drilling rig at a safe distance and drill down vertical then horizontally to a point below breach. If need be two lateral bores could be also drilled off the primary horizontal, one on each side, thus penetrating the producing zones in three places. Then cement squeeze the formation tops below breach.
    Not new technology. it is done offshore all the time. A similar method was used to intercept the wellbore of BP MC-252 and kill it from the bottom.

    After cement sets pull back set plug and drill horizontally again dropping angle and to penetrate the production zones below cemented section and then produce well. This would drop formation pressure and in time deplete.

    I believe firmly that putting a drilling rig on the center of Lake Oxy 3 and using Sonar sounding that we can easily find the weakest and strongest point of the Seep Plug, and drill into it to bypass the aquifer and to get thru the rubble and into the voids. In this way, the lake will drain and fill the voids. Not all of them, but enough to lend more stability and get rid of a lot of the contaminated water.
    Have pontoon ramps ready when the lake drains down, and come in with pumped concrete 6 bag mix with limestone, or even river rock. This will stabilize the geological area. Then with with a clay layer, to specs, and again over that fill with river rock.

    This is the result of Thad and myself, hashing it out. I welcome any critics of this plan. Nothing is perfect right out of the box.

  4. Also, for remediation of the swamp waters and to reduce salinity, and also to remove excess ammonia, nitrates and phosphates, allow an algae farmer to use the swamp. Algae is highly sought after commodity and many companies in Louisiana already engage in the practice.

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