Tues. News, Flammable Water in Dixie

Again with the bon fires! Fire + methane = Happy New Year! (in Heaven!)

The Advocate Christmas Eve bonfires a family tradition in St. James Parish

“The tradition of lighting Christmas Eve bonfires — typically more than 100 of them in St. James Parish in the Lutcher and Gramercy areas — may have had its beginnings as far back as the 1800s or even earlier.” – – before there was methane gas everywhere and H2S!!!

Dixie, LA family finds their tap water is flammable < has VIDEO

DIXIE, LA (KSLA) –  A Dixie, Louisiana family made a startling discovery recently when they lit a flame next to the water coming out of their household faucet and it burst into flames.  They don’t live far from a natural gas drilling site, but experts say that may have nothing to do with it.

The Parker family has two houses on property that shares a private well. They explained they’ve been having issues with their water for about a year, but didn’t know how serious it was until now.

“Especially in the morning, you come in and turn the water on and there is so much air pressure in the lines that is just blows water everywhere, you’re soaked,” said Sarah Evans, who was visiting her parents from out of town, when she came up with the idea to put a lighter to her parents’ faucet.

“I did it because I’d seen it on TV before and a flame came up,” she said. That’s when she walked next door to her brother’s house, that’s connected to the same well, and did the same thing. “His water blew up and caught the fringe of the curtains, that is how high the flames came up,” Evans explained.

That’s not the only strange thing that happened with their water. The Parkers also claim their 17-year-old daughter, Meaghan, has passed out while doing the dishes. “My dad came out and tried to talk to me, he said I leaned back, let go, and hit the floor.” Meaghan says she went to the hospital, but doctors couldn’t pinpoint the reason for her fainting spell.

The family suspects they have methane gas leaking into their private well water. John Parker suspects the leak is coming from a nearby oil and gas company that drills close to their homes. “This only started once they started drilling those wells,” Parker said. . . .

Dixie is up in the North West corner of Louisisana (MAP). Far from Bayou Corne.

The state Department of Revenue should improve the way it collects oil and gas severance taxes because the state may be losing out on potentially millions of dollars of revenues under the existing program, according to an audit released Monday

On retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré – Katrina General Capitol-Bound

““I’ve been told over and over that if you really want to change things, you have to change policies and laws,” he told LaPolitics. “We’re going to start drafting legislation and we’re working on it right now. Everyone says what I want to do is impossible. It’s not impossible.”

Honoré is still looking for legislative sponsors for his “environmental justice” package of bills, but he said there’s a large team—dubbed the “Green Army”—already working on the proposals. It will be a true grassroots effort, he added, and if lobbyists want to join up, they’ll have to do so pro bono.”

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One thought on “Tues. News, Flammable Water in Dixie

  1. I don’t know what the Fire department procedure is in Louisiana for fighting fires that involve gas, I would assume that it’s either using foam or water.

    I hope it’s foam, because ( and I shouldn’t laugh, but I keep imagining the look on their faces ) if a bonfire get’s out of hand, the FD turns up and starts to hose it down with water. It’d be a tad embarrassing if the water they’re spraying happens to ignite, because it’s contaminated with methane.

    After all, they’re suppose to put out fires not spread them.

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