Update From Conservation Dept.

So they will reveal the results of the depth test?

Assumption Parish Police Jury

*This update was posted on yesterday and due to a WordPress technical issue, the message wasn’t distributed.* 

Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Response Activity

Thursday, Feb. 13 work-

Sinkhole Activity Code 1 – indicating work is allowed on sinkhole and within containment berms. Seismic monitoring indicates continued low levels of subsurface activity near sinkhole/Oxy 3.

Air Monitoring/Sub-slab Sampling and Ventilation

– Conducting ventilation system inspections


– Pouring concrete for surface completions of ORWs 55, 56 (west of Bayou Corne, south of Sportsman’s Landing), 57 (east of Oxy 10 well pad) and 58 (south of La 70, west of Texas Brine facility)

– Building fence around ORW 58 (south of La 70, west of Texas Brine facility)

– Extending risers on passive vent wells PVW 1 (west of Bayou Corne) and 4 (east of Sportsman’s Landing) above accumulated water around wells

– Moving pump test equipment from ORW 38 (north of…

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15 thoughts on “Update From Conservation Dept.

  1. Results of the depth test in sinkhole.
    I can hear them now latest depth measurement Official unable to find bottom of sinkhole.
    It continues to collapsing.

    East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Fault Line
    The Effect of Faults upon Ground Water Flow in the Baton Rouge Fault System
    Why Are the Principal Discharge Areas of the Coastal Lowlands Aquifer System in Louisiana Located as much as 100 kn from the Coast.
    Water Table Under East Baton Rouge Parish April 12, 2012

  2. From the Edgefield Daily:

    COUNTY – An Earthquake was reported in all of Edgefield County at 10:25 pm Friday. In the Merriwether area people reported things falling off shelves and the prolonged sound of an explosion. Firemen and police report it being felt from every corner of the county and “shook the entire house”.

    “…prolonged sound of an explosion.” Would scare the daylights out of me!!!

    The little town of Edgefield has a webcam. I wasn’t able to view anything from the time of the quake. When I tried to view the 10-11pm hour of Friday night, the video/slide show would begin on Wednesday the 12th and then the wee hours of Saturday morning. They’ve been under state of emergency conditions due to the ice storm and have also been without power, which apparently affected the camera. But, then again, I am NOT technically savvy and someone else might have better luck.

    My daughter lives in Augusta. She texted me as soon as it happened but I had my phone turned down and didn’t get the message until later. I actually learned of the quake from overhearing conversation about news of the quake being all over Twitter from other patrons of the restaurant I was in. So, quite a big quake for the area and making quite a stir in the media.

    On this map at CERI, all the circle shape markers are supposed to be reports within their network. Whereas, the square shaped markers are stated to represent network systems outside of their (CERI’s) network of monitors. Last night’s quake near Edgefield and a later quake in Arkansas (2.0M) both have several other earthquakes located in the exact areas that are within CERI’s network. So, why the difference in network reporting? http://folkworm.ceri.memphis.edu/REQ3/html/index.html

  3. Reread the aquifer studies from the links that I already had in files, plus a few more. I read the meeting doc that I didn’t have. The meeting transcription was very disturbing for several reasons. It definately shows a very serious and what was even in 2010 an IMMEDIATE problem – by now, is even more serious…more so than I had realized. Many studies over many years, but same conclusion: too much water is being withdrawn at on time; not allowing the aquifer time to recharge. Lots of amiable speeches by industry reps about wanting to help out, but not one said that industry would no longer pull water from the ground and will only take from the river. The Office of Conservation also did not state that it will require industry to use only water from the river, which would solve at least half of the problem immediately. And, still, the same meetings and discussions are taking place. And, I’m assuming the cost of implementing the “scavenger” wells would have been borne by the taxpayers alone, even though the responsibility for the problem is admittedly a 50/50 shared problem…just as with the coastal restoration issues. But, what I came away from my night-long reading session was that the threat to the drinking water supply is much more critical and much more of an immediate threat than I had realized…not something coming down the road, but already here. As for the water in the aquifers being pulled against their natural flow northward and across faults…every study pointed that out. Each study proposed a different source of the salt intrusion and a different reason for the intrusion but all concluded that the source of the saline was from dissolution of the salt domes and the reason for the intrusion was too much water being pumped from the aquifer. I don’t know how many more studies would be necessary to get a different response to the problem. One study, I don’t know if it was in one of Walter’s links or from one of the other studies in my files but, it even made the statement that too much pumping near a fault can completely change its hydrology system and cause the fault to become active and cause movement. Very serious and looks as though many people have been working very hard for a long time with the usual Louisiana results. Let’s hope things are about to change!

    • There only one thing you can do it’s going to be hard on everyone there, that is you have too have two water pipes going into your house one water line for drinking.
      In the long run it well pay off.

    • I know this don’t have anything to do with your water you drink in Louisiana but.

      The Valley of the Tennessee, 1944
      A lot farmers in Tennessee back then it’s was the way they plow the ground back then.
      Trying to change their way they farm ‘O’ what a headache.
      TVA Dan’s Built For and Own by the People of the United States.

  4. Talk about bad water I was at Taylor Barracks, in Mannheim Germany The Rhine River water not fit to drink.
    The people that live there drink beer like it was a coke.
    In the years before phosphates and artificial fertilizers in the town of Seckenheim in Germany the old saying.
    Where there’s muck there’s money,” goes an old folksaying, and nothing could be truer for Seckenheim, whose town symbol is the “honey-wagon,” or manure cart.
    The town’s mascot and good luck symbol is the spigot (“Puhlzabbe” in Seckenheim dialect) on the back of the honey wagon.
    You can read the history of this under ‘HISTORY OF HAMMONDS BARRACKS’
    Home page
    Swimmers unaware of dangerous bacteria in Rhine
    Did not look up ‘Water treatment plant for drinking water’.

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