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Mining Awareness is watching heavy weather around the Gulf Coast … and nuke plants that need uninterrupted standard power to operate. If anything happens he will have details.

EPA chief Pruitt’s $43,000 soundproof booth violated law: U.S. GAO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the law when it approved a $43,000 soundproof phone booth last year for the office of embattled Administrator Scott Pruitt….”

4-18 EPA’s Pruitt under spending probe; senators urge his ouster

Mining Awareness170 Members of the US Congress Introduce Resolution Calling for Trump EPA Head Pruitt’s Resignation

The Advocate Louisiana legislators earn big money from government agencies – but some kept secret

“. . . the laws appear to be easy to circumvent because they allow public agencies to route money through third parties – including a public official’s own private firm — removing, in effect, any onus for meaningful disclosure.”

April 9 – Effort to extend time to sue insurance companies for bad faith sidelined by House panel
A Louisiana House committee narrowly defeated Monday legislation that opponents called the Texas Brine Bail Out Act.

 

On the giant cracks happening in Kenya –

It is because of the SOMALI PLATE.  Strange Sounds Another 2-kilometer crack opens up in Kenya swallowing up crops and farms
Crack #1 – The WatchersLarge crack in East African Rift is evidence of continent splitting in two

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Texas sinkholes

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Over 4,000 square miles in Texas are sinking in giant holes where new lakes are forming

It began with sinkholes. Two of them, gaping mouths to nowhere opening up as if to swallow the town of Wink, Texas. As they expanded, there were fears they might collide, morphing into one giant void and swallowing up the city. Now, an unprecedented study reveals Wink and its vast sinkholes are just a tiny part of a much bigger problem. . . .

EPA gives giant refiner, Andeavor, a ‘hardship’ waiver from regulation

Reuters – Exclusive: EPA gives giant refiner a ‘hardship’ waiver from regulation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency has exempted one of the nation’s largest oil refining companies, Andeavor (ANDV.N), from complying with U.S. biofuels regulations – a waiver historically reserved for tiny operations in danger of going belly up, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The exemption, which applies to the three smallest of Andeavor’s ten refineries, marks the first evidence of the EPA freeing a highly profitable multi-billion dollar company from the costly mandates of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard. The law requires refiners to blend biofuels such as ethanol into gasoline or purchase credits from those who do such blending.

The decision, which has not been previously reported, raises the question of whether other big and profitable oil firms with small refineries – such as Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM), Chevron Corp (CVX.N) and Phillips 66 (PSX.N)also have or could receive the waivers, which are granted by the EPA in secret. . . . (more)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biofuels-epa-refineries-exclusive/exclusive-epa-gives-giant-refiner-a-hardship-waiver-from-regulation-idUSKCN1HA21P

Big Crackdown on Pipeline Protests!

The Intercept – LOUISIANA AND MINNESOTA INTRODUCE ANTI-PROTEST BILLS AMID FIGHTS OVER BAYOU BRIDGE AND ENBRIDGE PIPELINES

“This week, the Louisiana House of Representatives introduced new legislation aimed at criminalizing the activities of groups protesting the extraction, burning, and transport of oil and gas.

. . . .The Louisiana bill, unlike the ALEC model, does not require that any disruption to a facility’s functioning take place for penalties to apply — an individual could face huge fines or prison time without ever having set foot on the property.

ALSO –

Revealing bad guys: there are now multiple fake organizations opposing clean energy for Louisiana

Sent in –

 There are now multiple fake organizations, and they’re opposing clean energy for Louisiana. You may have seen Facebook posts for these groups. Perhaps you received a mailer, or saw a TV commercial. These are well-funded groups, and they’re not friends of Louisiana. But first, some context.
In 2015, Southwestern Electric Power Company (a Shreveport-based electric company) developed a long-term plan to buy lots of renewable energy. These plans in the electric industry are called “integrated resource plans”, and you can read SWEPCO’s plan, here. To implement its plan, SWEPCO is partnering with a sister-utility in Oklahoma to construct the nation’s largest wind farm in western Oklahoma; the “Wind Catcher” project will total 2,000 megawatts – that’s about 4x more power than the entire city of Lafayette. According to SWEPCO, “When the project is complete, SWEPCO will provide 26% of its energy from renewable resources, up from 8% today” and it will “save SWEPCO customers more than $4 billion.” So who would be opposed?
Our first anti-wind group is called “Protect Our Pocketbooks“. Their  sole  purpose to is oppose the Wind Catcher wind farm. It’s a shady group run by aDelaware-registered company, with its primary lobbyist based in Little Rock. Their slick videos and web materials are put together by a PR firm called Impact Management Group in Little Rock, which has deep ties with the natural gas industry. 
The second group is called “Renewable Louisiana” – they’re 100% modeled off another group called “Renewable Arkansas – similar logo, same slick videos, etc. They’re masquerading as a pro-solar group, but their sole purpose is to oppose the Wind Catcher project, and are doing nothing to support solar. They’re tricking pro-solar folks to oppose wind energy. Neither group is registered in Arkansas nor Louisiana. Renewable Arkansas claims to be a “project” of a group called “Americans for Affordable Energy”, except, that group is registered in North Carolina to a PR firm in Virginia, which has deep ties to coal, natural gas and nuclear industries. 
Is your head spinning yet? These are “dark money” groups, so we don’t know for sure who’s paying for it all, but there are clearly some good theories. They paid significantly to grow their Facebook pages to nearly 3,000 people, each. Check out their Facebook pages and ask who’s funding them. 
But enough on the fake groups. Email our public service commissioner, Commissioner Craig Greene, and let him know you support clean energy, including the Wind Catcher project: craig.greene ‘at’ la.gov
Events 

Bayou Electric Vehicles meeting, 3/28, 6:30PM, Main Library 2nd floor (event)

Green Drinks!, 3/29, 6:30PM, Dat Dog (event)


Lafayette City/Parish Council meeting “open mic night”, 3/20, 5:30PM event)

Lafayette Mini Maker Faire, 3/24, 10AM, Lafayette Science Museumevent)
The Current Rebooted: A Relaunch Party, 3/21, 6PM, Jefferson Street Pubevent)
Science on the Bayou, 3/27, 7PM Jefferson Street Pubevent)
Social Media Breakfast, 4/6, 7:30AM, Opportunity Machineevent)
Earth Day Preamble, 4/7, morning, Wurst Biergarten (more to come)
Southern Board Game Festival, 4/14, 9M, Lafayette Science Museumevent)
Fete de la Terre expo, 4/20, UL  (more to come)
Fly Fishing Film Tour 2018, 4/21, 3:30PM, Pack & Paddleevent)
Festival, 4/25event)
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Back to Methane

Before we had reported on some big tube-shaped holes opening up around Siberia and other places that had to do with methane.

Scientist, Guy McPerson says these methane releases are a dire warning sign for human life on the planet – at the 26 min. mark –

LINK – https://youtu.be/nD1gw2d24DQ

Possibly related –
Strange Sounds Canal completely drained after huge 100ft wide sinkhole opens up just feet from a boat in Cheshire, UK

New Orleans: The Police State Petri-Dish

This isn’t sinkhole related – but it speaks to the corrupt political culture in Louisiana (not alone).

New Orleans Cancels Secret Pre-Crime Police Program After Media Exposure

” [Ali] Winston helped to uncover a secret predictive policing program that had been ongoing for 6 years by the New Orleans PD in cooperation with CIA-connected Palantir Technologies. The program had been designed to operate behind the cover of a philanthropic partnership orchestrated by political operative James Carville so as to avoid having to disclose the details to citizens and even to their elected representatives in the city council. “

Also – Pentagon and DARPA Seek Predictive A.I. to Uncover Enemy Thoughts