“MINDEN, La. — The Louisiana National Guard says a burn chamber used to dispose of thousands of tons of explosive material will not be used again at Camp Minden.
Friday the guard said the company responsible for burning the materials, Explosive Service International, is conducting cleanup activities, which will take approximately 30 days. . . ” (more)
Here’s our old archives on the problem.
We are covering a dam about-to-fail story in California on the FC blog. There have been many stories in the news since about the problems looming nationwide from aged, crumbling infrastructure.
One thing there popping up is info on weathered rock being more brittle than deep, protected rock.
We wonder if these salt dome storage caverns’ age has anything to do with their integrity.
We also wonder why inexpensive camera drones aren’t used for flying over Lake FUBAR to inspect it.
The Advocate is focusing on water issues –
This sounds not-too-smart –
Drill baby drill: Japanese scientists hope to reach the Earth’s mantle in massive borehole project
WAFB: ” Flood Threat for large portions of South Louisiana”
Hope Lake FUBAR can handle the extra water.
We’d like to know what shape Highway 70 is in.
– – – – Map of it with projected detour route.
In some sectors of the economy, accidents frequently occur and employees are put at risk. Fortunately, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration exists to protect workers in the U.S. and penalize corporations when they put their workforce in danger. OSHA’s mission is to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”
Still, OSHA cannot prevent every accident — explosions and falling equipment, along with freak accidents, cause fatalities annually. FindTheCompany, a corporate data site by Graphiq, found the companies with the most serious safety violations using data from OSHA’s safety inspection records. The data experts at FindTheCompany calculated the total financial penalty for a given inspection to determine the severity of the company’s violations. In the case of ties, the company with the greater number of citations is ranked higher. For context, Find The Company also included the total number of citations associated with each violation.
British oil giant BP is a repeat offender, receiving heavy penalties on numerous occasions. Because OSHA’s jurisdiction does not extend to offshore oil rigs, this list does not even include BP’s $4.5 billion settlement resulting from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy which killed 11 people in 2010. Other than oil companies, construction corporations and large factories producing aluminum, steel, automobiles and wheat have committed expensive safety violations.
The Advocate – ‘This could burn for days’: 2 workers hospitalized, 1 missing after pipeline fire in Paradis
” The pipeline is used in natural gas production and does not pose a breathing chemical hazard as long as it burns.”
St. Charles is east of Assumption Parish – MAP