Thursday News – Day After Media Tour of Lake FUBAR Blocked by Code 3 Declaration

This older story (8-20) “State coastal authority votes to request East Bank levee authority to block oil, gas, pipeline lawsuit” has a follow-up:
NOLA DefenderGreen Groups Spotlight Big Oil Donations to Jindal Amid Coastal Lawsuit Saga

“A coalition of environmentally minded organizations held a press conference this morning to condemn Governor Bobby Jindal’s opposition to a local levee authority’s lawsuit that seeks coastal restoration payments from 97 oil and gas companies. Condemnation from eco-friendly orgs is nothing new for da’ Governor, but this time the groups focused on Jindal’s finances. According to the coalition, Bobby J’s campaigns have pocketed at least a million dollars from Big Energy since his first run at the Rouge House in 2003.”

Phoney Code 3 declaration? It looks like the work trucks have started in as usual at 7 a.m. near helicorder LA14.

Bayou Buzz – Work suspension at giant sinkhole continues as a precaution

“Officials set sinkhole activity at code three, the highest alert level. No work will be allowed on the sinkhole or within containment berms, though no elevated levels of seismic activity have been detected since last week’s slough-in.” — hmmm. They seem obviously to be working.

Stay tuned if we get some news about the blocked media tour yesterday. Lt. General (ret.) Russel Honorè was supposed to see the site. He was there in June for an earlier tour (CBS 5 report).  He is doing lots of media events as this is the Katrina anniversary and he has a new book out. He was on LPB tv for their 1 year later show about Bayou Corne.

Here’s a odd item from Louisiana Daily“During  a  book  tour interview with WBRZ Retired Lt. General Russel Honore admit a run  for  governor  of  our  state  isn’t  out of the question.  Considered  the hero of Hurricane Katrina, Honore,  seems most concern about the high  rate of poverty in Louisiana as well as a weak infrastructure and the lack of a loop around Baton Rouge.”

4:30 p.m. message from the Parish Blog. Still at Code 3.

(8-21) Missouri – Second flotilla planned in Watkins Glen to protest LPG salt-cavern storage proposal

WATKINS GLENProtesters of a plan to store 88 million gallons(!) of liquid propane gas in salt caverns next to Seneca Lake are taking to the water again.A flotilla will launch from Village Marina in Watkins Glen at noon Saturday, and boaters will head several miles to the U.S. Salt Plant in Watkins Glen, owned by Inergy LP, of Kansas City, Mo., the company that wants to store the gas. . . .

NOTE: A new item on underground gas storage in Europe and the UK was added to the Methane page today.

Oil Rig Explosion Near Victoria, Texas

LAVACA COUNTY, TX — investigators are trying to figure out what caused this oil rig explosion near victoria, Texas. Houston-based EOG Resources operates the well. Workers were drilling into the Eagle Ford when something went wrong, sending crew members scrambling for cover.
A spokesperson for EOG says all of the workers made it off the rig safely. Firefighters and private contractors are working to extinguish the flames.
The fire is expected to burn for a couple of days.

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