Thursday News

ENE-News – Mysterious bubbling reported by salt dome 50 miles from giant Louisiana sinkhole — Sheriff asking motorists to stay away

WAFB – Bubbling sites on Lake Peigneur have residents worried

MsReesa says this document on faults shows one under Lake Peigneur (p. 10)

2.6 quake in Manila, Arkansas– near the Tenn. border.

We did an update on the situation with the gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Updates will go onto that post.

Severe weather is missing the salt dome collapse zone but there is a high wind advisory. Weather report. Rain and thunder storms due. More water to add to Lake FUBAR. More weight on top of the failed cavern.

Louisiana Sinking?

PONCHATOULA, LA (WAFB) –More rain this week is only going to be making a problem in Ponchatoula worse. Tombstones are sinking because of the saturated ground, and those left behind are now fighting a losing battle with Mother Nature.

New! DNR Inspection Report for today.

Over in Baton Rouge there’s a DNR PipeLine Hearing today.

NOAA satellite failure ‘would be felt all around the world’

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) –The federal government is scrambling to figure out a fix for several weather satellites that may soon stop working. The consequences could be the difference between life and death here in south Louisiana come hurricane season and beyond.
Forecasters use weather satellites to help predict where a storm might end up, everything from hurricanes to snow storms to every day weather.
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office says the system is in big trouble. . .

On BP fine spending – Lawmaker wants BP fine restrictions

Oil drilling news item – Gulf of Mexico Poised to Remain Strong in Coming Years

This story in The Comet has a great PHOTO: Legislators discuss Bayou Corne sinkhole

LEAN Reports on the Feb. 19 Senate Meeting –
Bayou Corne Residents Request Buy-outs at Senate Hearing, LEAN Makes Recommendations

From the Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s iWitness Pollution Map we find these 2 (old) items that may be related to the salt dome collapse at Bayou Corne.

Jena is in the middle of Louisiana, far from Napoleonville.

The map also shows a LOT OF SULPHER SMELLS and HYDROGEN SULPHER LEAKS in Southern Louisiana.

We can’t find news about the sinkhole status, size or the status of endangered nearby caverns. The company reports aren’t up to date  on the DNR site.

MORE here later . . . maybe . . .

17 thoughts on “Thursday News

    • Gonna be a heck of a storm! We’re getting plenty of rain here above New Orleans. But you folks are getting it much worse! We’ll get it again though, when your snow melts 🙂

  1. On the graves sinking in Ponchatoula – Most of the documents I pulled up about faults in Louisiana were recent studies done for subsidence issues. The largest and main fault running across LA is the Baton Rouge-Tempatate Fault, which is basically Interstate 12 and 10. Ponchatoula sits just below it. Livingston Parish just next door to us is having its worst flooding ever. Lots of oil wells popping up there over the last year. Flood and hurricane evacuation orders always start with the words, “…anyone below I-12…”

    Every thing in LA sinks and it’s always just been associated with underground liquid removal (water/oil) and erosion, but more recently tectonics are being suggested more. Very curious that some of the most recent studies on subsidence and fault mapping have been done by the USGS, but if you look on their website, the only fault map they have is from the 1950’s. They don’t show the faults that run through Louisiana now matter how close you zoom in on their “real time” map, as they do for other states…and they don’t show earthquakes here. Is actually becoming a real insurance issue. Not to mention, there would be quite a bit of public outcry if it were generally known all of the things the oil/gas industry is doing in and around these faults! Sure does protect the boom on hydraulic fracturing and associated increase in injection wells that’s going on here….

    • There have been recent news articles about studies showing more (than usual) sinking in S. Louisiana. Probably from too many canals and oil co. accommodation. Besides erosion etc. of waterways.
      Anyway, I figure it is good to watch out for cemetary stories as they can indicate earth movement, where a swamp isn’t the best indicator 🙂

  2. On the Lake Peignuer bubbling – Again, see this fault study. If you connect the Lake Arthur and Frenier faults (see p.10 of study), one can see that both Lake Peignuer and the BC salt dome sit on the same fault. The scientist is all the studies I’ve read believe that the faults either have recently made connection, or always have been connected. And the scientists at BC have just stated that they believe the seismic activity under the collapsing dome is thought to be hydrocarbons moving through the faults underground…maybe a little like the blowout going on right now with the Apache Corp well in the GoM.

    And what do ya wanna bet they go ahead and approve putting in those additional caverns below Lake Peignuer?!

  3. Yes, about depth…all these 5.0 earthquakes…and ALL at the same depth. I’ve been looking at that USGS map for years and I’ve never seen anything like I have lately.

  4. The whole plate we sit on is hinged and it is sinking ever so slowly henceforth the loss of our coastline. Imagine a major explosion, what would it do to the plate? I surely don’t want to find out but if things keeping going the way they are I fear we might.

    • I think that’s why 2 major nat. gas events happened in KC the other day … plate shift.
      USGS totally mum, as usual.

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