What we can glean from the disaster site we often get from what Parish officials and Texas Brine choose to not divulge. The “updates” from the Office of Conservation never mention the status of the Crosstex butane or if Crosstex has been asked to do this or that. Most of Crosstex’s “updates” say they are having “normal operations”.
The most recent orders to Texas Brine were in the ‘Eighth amendment‘ (7-19) to the Declaration of Emergency. But that is for Texas Brine only. The list of orders and declarations is here. So far, Crosstex had had these marching orders from Baton Rouge:
- 08/03/12 – Declaration of Emergency for Crosstex LIG LLC < They get told to shut things down at WEEKS ISLAND-to-St. James pipeline due to slough-ins.
- 08/15/12 – A Worst Case Scenario < (They got the order to do this from DEQ) – never updated
In this study their idea of a disaster would be if 200 barrels of butane were stored in their cavern and there was nothing wrong with the cap rock(!!). They go on to say they have the place manned 24/7.
- 09/14/12 – Declaration of Emergency for Crosstex LIG LLC < It is about Crosstex at Bayou Corne officially telling them methane is seeping up and Crosstex has to investigate it and do as-needed flaring of gas they find etc. etc. – not a word about getting rid of the butane(!!).
Part 4 of this order says they have to give Conservation DAILY updates about what they are doing. But they didn’t last Monday when there was the reported soft explosion(s) and big fire that Crosstex much later claimed to be routine flaring. And the order says Crosstex is liable for civil penalties if they flub up.
SO WHERE ARE THE PENALTIES??