2.5 Quake in South Missouri – Near Miss. River – MAP
In 2013, less than a year prior to sanctions imposed against Russia:
“Vladimir Putin is encouraging Exxon and Rosneft to start their new partnership off with a bang and head for the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. If any company knows how to one up BP on oil spills, its Rosneft.“. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/arctic-impacts/The-dangers-of-Arctic-oil/Black-ice–Russian-oil-spill-disaster/ Former BP CEO Tony Hayward led Glencore and BP actually have minority ownership in Russian State-owned Rosneft!
US Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily F. Alley, Oil beach feather BP
BP oiled turtle
Only the sanctions against Russia are holding back the creation of what is effectively a mega-conglomerate monster of ExxonMobil and Russian State owned Rosneft. Trump nominee for Secretary of State, ExxonMobil CEO (until 30 Dec. 2016) Rex Tillerson is a Putin buddy and wants to stop sanctions against Russia (in place subsequent to Russian annexation of Crimea). Just imagine…
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” . . . Amid a recent oil market crash that followed years of frenzied drilling, Texas is among several states — including Louisiana and Oklahoma — grappling with a surge of abandoned drilling sites and dwindling funds to clean them up.“
” . . . Not every abandoned well threatens groundwater. But in some oilfields, they “can be ticking time bombs,” said Ronald Green, a hydrologist at the Southwest Research Institute, a private research organization in San Antonio. And as boom-and-bust cycles continue across Texas drilling fields, walling off water sources from potential contamination will only get harder.“
Politico author Eliana Johnson observes (12/16/16): “Cheney emerges as surprise Trump surrogate. The president-elect trashed his foreign policy during the campaign, but they’ve found common cause in Rex Tillerson.”
Russia’s government-owned Rosneft and ExxonMobil had made an agreement which would essentially create a petroleum MegaCartel, but the sanctions against Russia are blocking the way. Even so, ExxonMobil through a Russian subsidiary is apparently still operating the Sakhalin I project, certainly in violation of the spirit of the sanctions and possibly in violation of the sanctions if they are illegally diverting equipment via subsidiaries. Is the US sanctions page intentionally murkier than Mississippi River mud? If the sanctions are dropped, and Tillerson Secretary of State, it appears…
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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. . . .
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. . . .
REMAINING BAYOU CORNE HELICORDERS
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|NOV. 4||BROKEN – shows flatline|
|NOV. 4||BROKEN – DRUNK|
|NOV. 4||BROKEN – all fuzz|
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“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 ….