Camp Minden Cleaned Up

Army TimesAll unstable artillery propellant at Camp Minden burned

“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.

Infrastructure Issue and the Sinkhole Saga + News

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 Across Louisiana, crumbling infrastructure threatens small town water supplies

The Advocate is focusing on water issues –

NEWS

This sounds not-too-smart –

Drill baby drill: Japanese scientists hope to reach the Earth’s mantle in massive borehole project

BPs Safety Violations Listed

These companies committed the most serious safety violations

Tessa Boyce

1/19/2017

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.

St. Charles Parish Pipeline Explosion

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

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Parent to DAPL and Bayou Bridge Pipeline: 69 Accidents in 2 Years; Drinking Water Polluted (Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Subsidiaries)

Mining Awareness +

Two Egrets rest on the limbs of a cypress in the Atchafalaya flood basin (Photographer Lane Lefort, Courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Atchafalaya Basin Endangered.

CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, Kelcy Warren, gave over $100,000 to Trump’s campaign.

News Release from:
350 Louisiana, DisasterMap.net, Louisiana Bucket Brigade
February 6, 2017
For Immediate release
Contact: Anne Rolfes, Founding Director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, (504) 452-4909, anne@labucketbrigade.org
Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco: 69 Accidents in Two Years
 Drinking Water Polluted by ETP Spills What and when: Tele press conference about these accidents, 10 am CT
Dial in: (949) 229-4400 Access Code: 9341354
Link to webinar: http://anne39.enterthemeeting.com/m/8J8X8U9P
 Registration required

For a copy of the report visit http://www.labucketbrigade.org

(New Orleans)—A new report issued today shows a disturbing pattern with pipeline and other infrastructure accidents. Data from National Response Center (NRC) reports revealed that Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and its Sunoco subsidiaries have had 69 accidents in a two year span.

Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco are the companies responsible for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, the proposed…

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