Some clues are here in this L.A. Times article –
California fires bring upheaval to utilities as they face massive liabilities By Matt Stiles
” . . . [Next year] regulators would be granted the power to determine whether a utility acted reasonably when its operations were linked to a fire — a major change that could reduce damages.”
BP “got lucky” with their settlement after a few deaths of obstructionist legislators and pesky journos.
Earlier posts –
BP laughing on the way to the bank
Scary: Matt Simmons, BP Oil Spill Whistleblower, Found Dead 8/8/10
More on California fires on the FC Blog
California quakes jumping away (map)
Earlier we had a post on our Yellowstone blog about a possible “crack across America” to the Gulf of Mexico.
Because nuke energy plants use conventional power only to power their control rooms it is vital the area around a nuke plant have operating power. So-called back up generators only work for an hour or so.
” . . . During Hurricane Ivan, an oil-production platform owned by Taylor Energy sank roughly 12 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Since then, the [Washington] Post reports, between 300 and 700 barrels of oil have been leaking from the surrounding underwater wells each day, and could rival one of the worse environmental disaster in U.S. history — the 168 million-gallon BP Deepwater Horizon spill.“
The Watchers –
Fire erupting from cracks in the ground, Andhra Pradesh, India
Recently we had NEWS on this – Mysterious burning hole with flames shooting out of it in Midway, Arkansas
Followers of this blog know how many active and abandoned wells dot the countryside in Louisiana. Many abandoned wells serve a second life as storage pits for all sorts of oil waste, toxic materials waste and sometimes radioactive waste. Plus salt domes hold massive amounts of combustible gasses.
What if a “flaming hole” opens up too close to a butane cavern? Or next to a natural gas pipeline? Many facilities are out in swampland without people around to see if the ground is shooting flames.