2:00 p.m. Update from OEP

And Texas Brine gives a tepid assurance the south berm will hold BSsmilie while they build a new one….

south berm sagging a lot

Assumption Parish Police Jury

Attached is photo taken this morning of the ongoing subsidence of the center portion of the Southern Berm. We continue to monitor any changes that may occur and will update accordingly.

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San Andreas Fault Scary News + Global Volcanoes Etc.

Before It’s News – San Andreas Fault Line To Blow? – 7 Earthquakes Cited In Landslide Along Fault Line (Videos)

We don’t usually post all the out of town news on every geophysical event. We have followed Dutchsinse’s stories about the North American Craton Plate maybe shifting and affecting Louisiana and his reports on west coast (US) steaming craters that look like volcano activity but that’s about it.

However, this week so many major events have happened we are posting some.

Radioactive Chat (about the Fukushima disaster) has always shown this new large increase in big earthquakes around the Pacific rim. This year there seems to be an echo chamber across the Pacific with quakes in the south seas followed by quakes along the west side of South America or Japan area quakes followed by California to Alaska quakes.

(Aug.) Why is the instability of the Pacific Rim not in the news??

The Watchers has so many volcanoes waking up we can’t list them all. Mt. Etna has shown spectacular eruptions and the volcano this week in El Salvador came as a surprise to scientists. The big volcano, El Hierro,  in the the Canary Islands could be a big threat to the east side of North America if it blows and it is rumbling this week. The Watchers’ weekly volcano report.

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This week, not in any American press story, there was big EQ activity in Central America, the Caribbean between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and a big volcano started up in El Salvador. They are still on the RSOE map.

2.3 quake in Ridgely, Tennessee

Something is happening down below worldwide and it has to do with magma.

And Texas Brine thinks they can ‘fix’ their entry to He11 with some gravel and a backhoe.

Breaking – Another Oil Train Wrecks – N. Dakota

 …  details soon …Video:

ABC – Fiery Explosions in ND Crude Oil Train Derailment

“The number of crude oil carloads hauled by U.S. railroads surged from 10,840 in 2009 to a projected 400,000 this year.”

LINK –  http://youtu.be/CxkUhVswF5U

Jan. 2 – the federal government Thursday issued a safety alert that crude oil being transported from the Bakken region, which stretches through swaths of North Dakota and Montana, is more flammable than traditional heavy crude. . . .

ALSO –

Strange Sounds – Tar Sands Hell! 7,300-sq-mile Ring of Mercury Around Tar Sands Mining Facilities in Canada

Parish Blog Update

Finally, they notice increase in seismos . . . .

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Assumption Parish Police Jury

Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Response Activity

Monday, Dec. 30 work-
Sinkhole Activity Code 3 – indicating no work is allowed directly on sinkhole or within containment berms. Seismic monitoring indicates further increase in levels of subsurface activity near sinkhole/Oxy 3 – state and parish will continue to closely observe seismic activity to advise of any sudden changes.

Air Monitoring/Sub-slab Sampling and Ventilation
– Conducting ventilation system inspections

ORW/CPT Wells
– De-pressurizing ORW 54 (north of La 70, west of Texas Brine facility) to change out wellhead
– Monitoring bubble site 56 (Bayou Corne, north of La 70)
– Downloading transducer and tracking data from ORWs

Containment Berm/Roads/Sinkhole
– Work limited due to seismic Code 3
– Inspecting containment berm status

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Texas Brine Offers ‘Plan B’

The Advocate – Worst-case sinkhole scenario would reroute Bayou Corne

Texas Brine Co. has developed a backup plan to replace the cracked southern section of a protective levee surrounding the sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish and may look to reroute Bayou Corne if conditions deteriorate further, records show.

The company’s new draft plan, filed this month with regulators who are still reviewing it, proposes “triggers” that would prompt the levee replacement. It also outlines an alternative of rerouting Bayou Corne if a replacement levee proves too unstable to maintain due to sinking of the remaining land between the sinkhole and the bayou. . . .

. . .  a new southern levee farther from the sinkhole, would be built if the existing levee drops 4 feet in 30 days even after planned repairs or if testing shows the underlying earth is too unstable for repairs, Texas Brine’s plan says.Once the company determined it had to move the southern levee, it would then develop plans to reroute the bayou. . . .

Something Quite Huge Just After Noon They don’t Want You to See

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Is it connected to the big volcano going off in El Salvador?
El Salvador begins evacuations near volcano – San Miguel volcano is aka Chaparrastique – live cam (select location from list on upper left corner) Volcanoes Going Rogue! < VIDEOS

A summary of news –

LINK –  http://youtu.be/9VcEx7e1B9Q