LA18 Puts Lampshade on its Head Thursday + Lake Peigneur Bubbles Anew(!)

Fun to look at … but the sharp spikes may just be an air gun test or something.

LA18 in the morning

LA18 in the afternoon



From Save Lake Peigneur

Lake Peigneur Bubbling Aug 21 2014

Bubbling continues at Lake Peigneur. The DNR & AGL Resources were notified of some unfortunate changes in the bubbling phenomena. We have had a few bubbling events over the summer however, yesterday’s event indicated significant changes. About Lake Peigneur
Most of the previous bubbling events ran in linear east/west movement.

Yesterday the bubbling ran north/south and irregular lines. After discussion with the AGL contact the company will also monitor activities in our process to determine the cause of the bubbling.


Iceland Watch + Wed. News

Fearing eruption, Iceland evacuates area near rumbling volcano

“It cannot be ruled out that the seismic activity in Bardarbunga could lead to a volcanic eruption.”
“. . . . Einar Einarsson, a meteorologist at Iceland’s Met Office, said earthquakes were happening practically every minute and seismic activity was constant.”

Iceland volcano: Bardarbunga warning upgraded as airlines fear repeat of 2010 ‘ash cloud crisis’

. . . The Met Office said in a statement there were “strong indications of ongoing magma movement

A huge volcano in Iceland may be getting ready to erupt  < has maps

UPDATE, Aug. 23

BBC – Code Red

Since larger earthquakes from every which way seem to set Lake FUBAR off into heavy-duty-washer-cycle mode we are watching Iceland – FC

Oklahoma frack-quakes are getting really big, besides being constant. They may affect Lake FUBAR too. 4.2 quake yesterday.

Detailed report: Bayou Corne residents get financial relief for sinkhole

NOTE: Most news lately has been from IP’s Net Vibes page – 😉

Texas Brine has a newish fact sheet out.

CrosstexHarry  ..    Crosstex hasn’t said what they are up to since Aug. 9th (!!).

Since we last complained about no updates there still aren’t any =sigh=.

Oxy 2 Not in Such Good Shape Either + Fri. News

The AdvocateState calls for tests at second salt cavern after tremors

By David J. Mitchell
Days after work on the Bayou Corne sinkhole halted briefly due to increasing tremors, state regulators ordered Texas Brine Co. to stop production at a second salt dome cavern near the underground cavity that failed two years ago and spawned the sinkhole that has driven hundreds of people from their property.

Louisiana Conservation Commissioner James Welsh ordered Texas Brine on Monday to perform a round of tests to ensure the integrity of the massive underground cavity, known as Oxy Geismar No. 2, and develop a plan if problems are found.

The cavern under the microscope is a little more than the length of football field away from another cavity that Texas Brine mined until a breach in the supporting salt wall set off the underground shifting that eventually led to the sinkhole in August 2012.

ABC – (Aug. 13) $48 Million Settlement OK’d in Louisiana Sinkhole

A federal judge has granted final approval of a $48.1 million class-action settlement for Louisiana residents affected by a 37-acre sinkhole that opened two years ago has been swallowing land ever since.

U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey said Wednesday there were no objections to the settlement. It will compensate 269 people who lived in the Assumption Parish community of Bayou Corne. . . .

More from the Houston ChronicleJudge OKs $48.1M settlement regarding sinkhole

Phillips 66 is making a new gas storage salt cavern near Sweeny, Texas – good luck with that one!

(Aug. 11) Energy companies at risk of higher taxes in Louisiana
Louisiana tax assessors search salt caverns for more property taxes

” . . . The efforts of tax assessors have become particularly noteworthy. Assessors in a number of Louisiana parishes — including Ascension and St. Landry Parishes — are attempting to implement new methods to classify and value underground salt caverns used by energy companies to store natural gas and other petroleum products. “
” . . . . assessing the caverns at 15%, rather than the 10% used for land, of the fair market values of the natural underground storage facilities. . . “

Bulls Stirring on Heels of Lean Storage Data

Natural gas futures bounded higher Thursday following the release of government storage figures that were significantly less than what traders and analysts were expecting. . . .

Miss. – Big sinkhole develops on US 61 in Natchez < PHOTO (hope this is just water erosion and not anything worse!)

Quake-N-Shake (no. 2)

Oopsie! We accidentally deleted today’s news!  The problem was there was big news from the parish blog but we accidentally re-blogged it to the FC blog instead of here. So …  (oops!).

Walter had a great comment with a 2013 news item –  12 more salt caverns with thin walls discovered near La. sinkhole

In a recap – at 2 a.m. the helicorders showed big fluid movement … but there was a big Mexico quake at that time. Slosh, slosh. slosh.

Of interest – Chile may be on brink of mega earthquake

Tuesday News – hardly any

From Real Coastal Warriors : Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

“…Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.”

WIPP town meeting (looks like a bosses’ meeting) live stream #1. The rest of it.

The Watchers – Red tide kills thousands of fish in Gulf of Mexico, poses a greater health threat

The helicorders at Lake FUBAR were pretty quiet until noon then they started up and then sputtered. LA18 shows it.

The AdvocateJudge tells sinkhole lawyers to settle taxpayers’ claims

The state district judge presiding over year-old lawsuits seeking reimbursement of state and parish costs from the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole urged Texas Brine Co. and its insurers Monday to turn their attention away from internal battles over coverage and focus on settling the primary legal claims seeking to recover taxpayer dollars.

Judge Guy Holdridge, of the 23rd Judicial District, told a courtroom of more than two dozen lawyers from Texas Brine Co., its insurers, and state and Assumption Parish government that he has dealt with similar cases in the past involving multiple insurers and millions of dollars in claims and that the sheriff’s and Police Jury’s claims, in particular, are worth just several hundred thousand dollars each.

“My frustration is why are we working and kneading me up as a judge over these small claims, and I’m having to deal with 1,000 New Orleans lawyers. I don’t know why we are doing this,” Holdridge said at the Assumption Parish Courthouse in Napoleonville. . . .

There has been fewer posts here than usual because news from Bayou Corne has slowed to a trickle …

There’s been almost no updates posted lately from DNR.


DEQ has a new situation update Aug. 3 but they don’t report any stats. They just say everything’s fine. They have a water quality report for 7-29. They have a July air sample report.

The  Texas Brine Action Plan was pretty recent, Aug. 3. Oxy has one too for Aug. 3. So does KDS Promix, DOW, Arcadian GasChevron and Crosstex. Chevron is reducing inventory and slowing down. They don’t say it is due to instability but we doubt it is a reduction to greed that prompts them! Arcadian is idle too.

Texas Brine’s Action Plan uses an incredibly old photo of Lake FUBAR. We wonder how they can plan anything without a current picture or map.

The last Texas Brine drilling report was for 2012 just after the collapse. They say they closed Oxy 3 with a master valve so maybe they didn’t do any more drilling and that was the last report.

Largest methane seep in the world found off the eastern coast

This is from June – (sorry we missed it!)

From Jim Lee’s ResoNation

Largest methane seep in the world found off the eastern coast of U.S..

June 19, 2013 – SOUTH CAROLINA – On the seafloor just off of the U.S. East Coast lies a barely known world, explorations of which bring continual surprises. As recently as the mid-2000s, practically zero methane seeps — spots on the seafloor where gas leaks from the Earth’s crust — were thought to exist off the East Coast; while one had been reported more than a decade ago, it was thought to be one of a kind. But in the past two years, additional studies have revealed a host of new areas of seafloor rich in seeps. . . .