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Donald Trump and America’s wetland
President Trump, who says he wants to address our deplorable infrastructure, could start with saving our coastal infrastructure, which aids both the environment and our energy economies.

Five previous presidents came into office with little knowledge that one of the nation’s biggest environmental disasters was awaiting their action at the mouth of the Mississippi River. As each in turn would learn, the continued loss of coastal Louisiana to erosion and encroaching tides could easily mean disaster for the U.S. economy. Soon President-elect Trump will come face-to-face with this issue, and time will tell if he will try to wait out the consequences as some others have done, or embrace the issue as part of his advocacy to restore America’s crumbling infrastructure. . . .

(11-11) Texas takes it slower than Oklahoma on quakesProposal to increase disposal well oversight ended up being dropped

An earthquake that rocked the nation’s oil storage hub at Cushing, Okla., a week ago has pushed Oklahoma regulators to shut more of the wells used to dispose of wastewater from drilling, which scientists have tied to increased seismic activity in areas near oil and gas fields.

Texas, however, is moving more slowly to regulate the disposal of drilling wastewater, which is produced by the millions of gallons in hydraulic fracturing operations and pumped into deep wells. . . .

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Bright meteor explodes over the Gulf of Mexico

Dear DNR,

Fix those helicorders! They are ALL turned OFF since Nov. 4 and most are broken!

How can authorities guarantee the safety of Louisiana water, Bayou Corne neighbors and the national gas supply if you have NO monitors at this dangerous caved-in salt cavern next to huge butane storage tanks?

REMAINING BAYOU CORNE HELICORDERS
ALL BROKEN, OFFLINE

LOCATION

LAST WORKED ON DISPLAY

LA 14

NOV. 4 Shows seismic activity

LA 18

NOV. 4 BROKEN – shows flatline

LA 19

NOV. 4 BROKEN – DRUNK

LA 17-01

NOV. 4 BROKEN – all fuzz

LA 17-02

NOV. 4 Shows seismic activity

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Alabama Pipeline Explosion

Largest U.S. Fuel Pipeline Shuts After Work Crew Triggers Blast

The biggest fuel pipeline in the U.S. shut its mainlines Monday after an explosion and fire in Alabama that killed at least one person. Gasoline futures surged and U.S. refiner stocks gained.
Colonial Pipeline Co., which carries refined products to New York Harbor from Houston, shut the lines for the second time in two months. A contract crew working miles from the site of a Sept. 9 spill ran into the pipeline with a trackhoe, igniting gasoline and causing a fire . . . “

OPINION: Oct. 28 headline – Exxon reveals it may lose reserves; Earnings fall to five-year low
… then Oct. 31 the guy ‘back up into a pipeline’ sending prices higher ….
hmmmm……..

On The Deepwater Horizon Movie

‘Deepwater Horizon’ honors oil rig workers but oversimplifies the blowout
http://theconversation.com/deepwater-horizon-honors-oil-rig-workers-but-oversimplifies-the-blowout-66391

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Be sure to PLAY the 11 minute CSB simulation of their take on the BOP problems.

LINK –  http://youtu.be/S-UPJyEHmM0

Is State Board of Commerce & Industry defying governor’s executive order curbing runaway industrial tax exemptions?

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PBS – The Business of Disaster [VIDEO]

Louisiana Voice

Less than three months ago, on June 24, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order in which he mandated more scrutiny over how significant industrial property tax breaks are doled out to manufacturers. http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2016/06/john_bel_edwards_signs_executi.html

Theoretically, the order gave local governments that would lose out on property taxes a say in approving exemptions for heavy industry, and companies applying for five-year renewals of five-year tax breaks totaling $11 billion would be required to prove the breaks would create and/or retain jobs.

But the Commerce and Industry Board may be trying an end run around Edwards’ order.

The board waited until late Friday afternoon (one of Bobby Jindal’s favorite tactics of making announcements as the week’s news cycle winds down) to give public notice of a Monday board meeting during which it is scheduled to vote on redirecting millions in local property tax revenue from disaster-affected parishes to corporate tax exemptions, without any…

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About the Blogger in Terrebonne Parish and the Sheriff

The Louisiana VoiceBlog in Terrebonne Parish makes officials nervous; sheriff conducts raid based on law ruled unconstitutional in 1981

” . . . The blogger, after all, had said some really bad things about Larpenter and Parish President (and former State Rep.) Gordon Dove and Dove’s business partner Tony Alford, who landed a huge benefits package brokerage contract for Larpenter’s office, and their jointly-owned trucking firm, and Dove’s former legislative assistant Debbie Ortego who was given a $79,000-a-year job as Dove’s new officer manager, and Debbie’s husband Dana who is Dove’s Risk Manager, and Dana’s nephew Parish Attorney Joe Waitz, III, District Attorney Joe Waitz Jr.’s son, and Sheriff Larpenter’s wife Priscilla who has a six-figure job as manager of Tony Alford’s office, and Jackie Dove who is married to Assistant District Attorney Sye Broussard. There were a few other names in the organizational flow chart compiled by the publisher of the Internet blog http://exposedat.in/wp/ . . . “

The Intercept has all the radioactive waste part of the story . . .

radOR95“One Expose-DAT blog post titled “Gordon Dove and Tony Alford’s Radioactive Waste Dumping,” briefly describes the relationship between Alford and the parish’s president, who jointly own a Montana trucking company that has been cited for dumping radioactive wastecry in Montana. That citation was originally reported in the Missoula, Mont., newspaper The Missoulian.”

Reminder, Louisiana – this applies to you!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Feds Spy on Anti-Frack Groups + NEWS

The InterceptFederal Agents Went Undercover To Spy on Anti-Fracking Movement, Emails Reveal

” . . . The emails further show that police monitored Keep it in the Ground participating groups such as 350.org, Break Free Movement, Rainforest Action Network, and WildEarth Guardians, while relying upon intelligence gathered by Anadarko, one of the largest oil and gas producers in the region.

” . . . In 2011, an executive with Anadarko boasted that his company was deploying military-like psychological warfare techniques to deal with the “controversy that we as an industry are dealing with,” calling the opposition to the industry “an insurgency.”

Earlier we had reports here of giant cracks and craters in the earth, not in Louisiana. Here’s another one –
Strange Sounds Ground collapses in wheat field in Russia creating enormous crater in the Earth