Another Russian Sinkhole + News

It is pretty far away from the previous ones ….

The Watchers

Giant sinkhole opens in Novokuznetsk region of Siberia, Russia

A giant sinkhole has appeared in Siberia’s Novokuznetsk region recently, some 3 500 km from other craters found in Arctic Russia in recent months. The new crater measures around 20 meters in diameter and around 25 to 30 meters in depth.

. . .  Observation from space revealed the dramatic mushrooming of the holes, believed to be caused by methane gas eruptions in melting permafrost due to climate change, scientists revealed today. A leading Russian expert sounded an alert over safety because one new Siberian crater, surrounded by at least 20 ‘baby holes’, is just six miles from a major gas production plant. 

PHOTOS of it from The Siberian Times

This has video of the nearby landslide there recently – Watch This Slow-Moving Landslide Devour a Russian Road

Earlier posts on Russian craters – 1, 2

NEWS

The AdvocateNew safety rules since massive sinkhole prevent Texas Brine from expanding salt cavern operation; company files suit against Dow   DOW1

A 29-year-old Dow Chemical Co. salt cavern sits so close to Texas Brine’s property that new state safety regulations — created after the 2012 Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster — now prevent the Houston company from mining any new caverns on its property, a federal lawsuit alleges.

Texas Brine Co. has sued Dow and a local land company over the Dow cavern carved from the Napoleonville salt dome in Assumption Parish.

“Dow is obligated to (Texas Brine) for the value of the salt that (Texas Brine) can no longer mine, or ‘dead salt,’” the suit claims. . . .  (more)

Dow map

2013 item: Dow’s Toxic Stew Near Bayou Corne –  (not the same property)

State Seismologist says Oklahoma earthquakes are ‘very likely’ caused by oil and gas disposal wells

The Oklahoma state seismologist said disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry are ‘very likely’ responsible for the recent surge of earthquakes in Oklahoma at the recent Oklahoma Geological Survey.  < – links to report

NY TimesThe Gulf, Still at Risk

Environmentalists Warn That Gulf Oil Spill Recovery Could Be a Mirage

NOTE: See comments for Lake FUBAR agitation bits

Yellowston Updated

Current Conditions at Lake FUBAR – Rotten

Heli_ANIBig seismic activity + fuzz.

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MONDAY – something happened from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – and it isn’t pretty – LA14 shows it.

Mar. 10 – The Louisiana Record Legal watchdog accuses attorneys representing class in Bayou Corne Sinkhole case of charging exorbitant legal fees

“NEW ORLEANS – Attorneys representing residents of Bayou Corne in class action litigation over environmental damage caused by a massive sinkhole in Ascenion Parish are under fire from a local legal watchdog group that alleges they racked up unrealistic and excessive legal fees.

. . . .Court documents show that attorneys representing class counsel in the case documented 8,256 hours of work on the settlement while their assistants and paralegals logged 709 hours. Together, that is a total cost of roughly $1,300 an hour.

The legal fees were granted by the court-appointed special master in the case, A. Shelby Easterly, of Denham Springs-based Easterly Law Office APLC. Easterly lauded the efforts of class counsel claiming they had squeezed over four years of effort into just two years and deserved the fee rate requested.”

NoteThe Louisiana Record has more stories on this racketeering, also see comments above (Wed.).

New_MAD

3.5 quake in south Kansas

LINK –  http://youtu.be/SXlWXr0ln_I

LINK – http://youtu.be/yFHmRalQz4o

Strange SoundsWell that’s really a freeky fallstreak hole floating in San Antonio’s sky in Texas!
A snake cloud? A sign of the nearby apocalypse?And they will tell us it is all natural! Lol!

Jan. video on HAARP melting Arctic methane

LINK –  http://youtu.be/uZJA39cm15U

Booms In Tennessee

Strange Sounds Mystery Booms In Tennessee: Frost Quakes Or New Madrid Waking Up?

Have you heard mystery booms in the Midstate this week?
Well you are sure not alone! Some say it’s a weather phenomenon called cryoseismic booms, ice quakes or frost quakes. Others say it may be something more global…

LINK –  http://youtu.be/_2owkVhepyE

 

Mercury Rising

The AdvocateNoranda plant in St. James Parish seeks permit to emit mercury

“Noranda officials told the state Department of Environmental Quality in April and May that they believe the mercury is rising from steam vents tied to plant heat exchangers, although DEQ has not permitted the release of mercury into the air from anywhere at the plant.” . . . << and DEQ is gonna do ZIP about it!

“. . . Bryan Johnston, senior environmental scientist [PR speak for shill] in DEQ’s Air Permits Division, said “there is no indication at this point that there is anything to be concerned about.””

Back at Lake FUBAR – there was a big bang at 7:05 this morning shown on LA12 monitor. Another one at 9:10 … but it could be from work crew. They are probably trying to repair their submerged berm. Another big bang at 10 p.m. suggests these bangs are not caused by work crews.

Strange Sounds – Mysterious Booms In Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Hawaii And Hampshire, UK – What’s going on?  –  Recent booms in Texas

Catching up on Brain-Eating Amoeba in Tap Water stories –

Conn. Gets the Shakes + Weekend News + Blue Ribbons’ Report (from Oct.)

Not related to Louisiana … but …. Holy Cow!!

Connecticut Rocked By 11 Earthquakes In One Week

“Daily earthquakes in Connecticut in the last week have officials scratching their heads and discussing ways the state can prepare for and respond to the next seismic event. In the past seven days, 11 small tremors have been recorded in the Plainfield area. . . “

Many more news stories on it (still happening) if you use search words “Connecticut earthquake”.

WWL – Bayou Corne residents move out after sinkhole settlement

” . . . The Romeros and other plaintiffs in a federal class-action lawsuit against Texas Brine reached a $48.1 million settlement in April. U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey ordered all property closings scheduled by Jan. 19 and completed “as soon as practicable.” Plaintiffs’ attorneys and Texas Brine officials said they want them finished by Jan. 30.
Attorneys said they hope to have separate mental anguish claim checks out by January’s end, too.

” . . . Sediment has completely filled the failed cavern that scientists think breached deep underground and started sucking in surrounding sediment, creating the sinkhole.
However, muck and rock will continue to compress, possibly for many years, making room for more sediment, according to an Oct. 9 report from the state’s special commission on the sinkhole. That could lead to further surface instability but probably not at former levels, experts say.
Micro-earthquakes pointing to breaking rock or salt began to pick up Dec. 22 and have continued for weeks, halting work on the sinkhole and causing cracks in an abandoned sinkhole containment levee, parish officials said.”

 NOTE – we gotta find that Oct. 9 report! – FC

It must be this – Blue Ribbon Commission Summary of Current Ground Stability Understanding and Recommendations [PDF] – sorry we missed it when it came out!

From p.3: “It is clear to the BRC [Blue Ribbon panel]  that there are ongoing stability dynamics in the pillars between Oxy caverns 1, 2, 3 and 9, inducing stress changes and salt disturbance that generate micro ‐ earthquakes (MEQs) in that salt volume and pressure changes connected between caverns.

Page 6 has this interesting point –
“MEQ locations suggest that fracturing is occurring around the Oxy 3 cavern and between the Oxy 1, 2, and 3 caverns. The MEQ magnitudes suggest the scale of this fracturing is on the order of feet to 10s of feet in dimension. The normal, or expected, background level of MEQs for mining and storage operations in this cavern field has not been established and therefore the significance of this activity cannot yet be concluded.
Translation: They have no clue what all the shaking means.

SEE ALSO COMMENTS for info on upcoming hearings on this – – –

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US EPA proposes amendments to oil dispersant use as health issues in Gulf worsen

ALSO –  Just FYI – this blog is read all over the world –

globalstats

 – besides missing this Blue Ribbon report when it came out … we missed this 12th Emergency Declaration (Louisiana vs Texas Brine).