We Told Ya So!

The Advocate Assumption jurors say no to sinkhole discharge into Grand Bayou, citing environmental concerns, but state officials worried about catastrophic levee failure

“. . . . Tom Killeen, DEQ Inspection Division administrator, described the implications of a catastrophic levee failure: As much as 150 million gallons of sinkhole water — possibly mixed with saltier water from the sinkhole’s depths — would rush into the swamp if a breach allowed up to 3 feet of water to flow out.

The primary bowl of the sinkhole is about 31 acres, but the series of containment levees cut through the swamps south of La. 70 contain a total of 117 acres, Texas Brine has said. . .  “

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 “In the June 3 letter to DEQ, Martin, the Texas Brine vice president, raised reusing sinkhole water for salt dome mining but wrote then the company was talking with an unnamed customer about the water’s suitability.”

“Police Jury President Martin “Marty” Triche told Killeen jurors favored Texas Brine finding another method of disposing of the water, such as through a pipeline to injection wells, instead of discharging into the bayous with monitoring but no treatment.”

The more recent sinkhole photos from On Wings of Care show the area much better than graphics used by many media outlets.



Lots of fluid movement at 6 a.m. at LA-12.

Heads up, residents who were in court over Texas Brine –
The Advocate[East Baton Rouge]Fired Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper issued misdemeanor summons

“The investigators discovered three email accounts belonging to attorneys for the Parish Attorney’s Office that were illegally accessed more than 40 times, he said. Detectives determined the illegal access originated from a home IP address belonging to Roper.

Investigators also uncovered evidence indicating use of Roper’s personal computer to illegally access the Parish Attorney’s Office email system through a proxy service designed to mask the user’s actions and location, Manale said.”

She can probably get a job with Hillary Clinton!  smile2

Big solar storm today – The Watchers

Enemy of Standard Oil and still vilified, Huey Long died 80 years ago.

“Under the principle of the separation of church and state it is not legal to provide funding to Catholic schools. Louisiana had in Huey Long’s and still has many Catholic schools where Catholic parents preferred to send their children. Huey long came up with the simple but brilliant ploy of providing textbooks to children rather than to their schools. This enable the state government to subsidize both public and parochial education. Many people, even political opponents of Long supported this program.

Long however wanted to impose the cost of the textbook program upon the petroleum companies like Standard Oil. This measure was not supported by many in the state legislature.”

They were never investigated for ordering his assassination but they had the means, the motive and the opportunity to do the deed.  Today reports on (enemy of oil companies) Hugo Chavez with the same spirit as the dictator description given to (enemy of oil companies) Long.

Mining Awareness blog has more on populist enemy-of-Standard-Oil, Huey Long.

The Advocate – [Baton Rouge area] Monitoring saltwater intrusion is costly, but Ground Water Commission now must decide who will pay
Money needed to drill scavenger wells for saltwater information

MEXICO – quakes and volcanoes going off. See COMMENTS for details.


Some Science Papers on Geology, Salt Domes etc.

Of interest –

How stable is the Mississippi Delta?  – 2006

BONUS! Fault map for south Louisiana on page 2 –



Subsurface Structure and Stratigraphy of Kent Bayou-Turtle Bayou-North Turtle Bayou Complex, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana – 1964 (pay frowny to view)

Geology of Salt Dome Oil Fields – 1924

International Science Times article on Bayou Corne

The Bayou Corne Sinkhole: A massive oil and gas disaster

Peripheral Faulting at Bayou Blue Salt Dome, Iberville Parish, Louisiana – 1957- (pay frowny to view)

The Bayou Bouillon Salt Dome, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana – 1925 – (pay frowny to view)

Differential Fault-Related Early Miocene Sedimentation, Bayou Hebert Area, Southwestern Louisiana – 1988 – (pay frowny to view)

Abnormal Formation Pressures : Implications to Exploration, Drilling, and Production of Oil and Gas Resources – 1975

Geothermal and Geopressure Patterns of Bayou Carlin-Lake Sand Area, South Louisiana: Implications – 1977 – (pay frowny to view)

USGS Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources for the Oligocene Frio and Anahuac Formations, Onshore Gulf of Mexico Basin, USA – 2009 –

Geology of Iberia Parish – 1931

Lots of articles on geothermal topic for Texas and Louisiana

Info about Black Bayou salt dome storage place in Cameron Parish


News (old and new)


Huge fluid movement at Lake FUBAR for over 2 hours starting at 2:30 A.M. – LA12 shows it. It might be this New Guinea 7.2 quakeOR – more likely, this 4.0 quake near Dallas, Texas. MAP

Inst. of Southern Studies Looting Louisiana: How the Jindal administration is helping Big Oil rip off a cash-strapped state

Video – Weeping Willow calls up DNR –

Texas: From Fracking Boom to Water Revolution


May 3 –


NEW MADRID FAULT blog item from 2013

A bunch of stuff from 2013<- includes BP and Texas Brine

A lot of misc. items on all subjects




We found this item on South American lithium and brine and wondered if Texas Brine had an interest in the lithium craze (auto batteries) going on now. We didn’t see Louisiana on the list. Or here. Not that they can’t keep a secret.



Weekend News

The Louisiana Record Special master in Bayou Corne sinkhole case has deep connections to plaintiff’s attorney, possible conflicts of interest

Lexington Says Texas Brine Isn’t Covered For La. Sinkhole

Law360, New York (March 17, 2015, 2:33 PM ET) — Lexington Insurance Co. isn’t required to defend Texas Brine Co. LLC against class allegations that the company created a potentially dangerous sinkhole, because Lexington’s policies expired more than 15 years before the ground collapsed in 2012, the insurer told a Louisiana federal court Monday.

Leaky Boone Dam Update – they will try grout in the spring – PDF doc. Movie of them working on it.

Jumping Jack Flash has many alarming stories when view together.

SUNDAY at Lake FUBAR – something went bang after 12:36 p.m. – it shows on LA21 and on all helicorders.

Thurs. News, Boone Dam Snow Melt Fears < UPDATED

See next post for link to map of Lake FUBAR and helicorder link.  Everything still on active mode there.
DOWNarrowSM LA14 showed a big 2 hour long disruption just after 1 a.m. and another 2 hour long session just after 3 a.m..

This comment at Zero Hedge says they wonder what will happen to Boone Dam when all this snow melt comes down the river.

“TVA drew Boone down to below winter pool levels to take some pressure off of the sinkhole/mud geysers, so it only has to hold back something like a 145 ft. wall of water. Which is fine – until the snow pack in the mountains melts in a couple of weeks. Then you have those two rivers with fifteen miles of water in them filling up REALLY fast. The river below the Boone dam will be swollen, too. I don’t think they can just open the floodgates on Boone all the way. So Boone fills up, water migration that caused the sinkholes/mud geysers gets worse, and all of a sudden you have Boone tsunami.” . . . (more)

ENE-News – Officials ‘Alarmed’ at Press Conference on Dam with Nuclear Plants frowny2 Downstream: ‘Movement’ in foundation 100s of feet underground; Rock dissolving — “Sinkhole is indication of bigger problem” — “Urgency of issue is obvious” — Examining “every possible type of failure” (VIDEO)


NOTE: Future Boone Dam updates will go here.

DNR Knows the Water is Getting Contaminated from Texas Brine’s Disaster

This 2012 DNR document shows Shaw Group (new name now) did a simulation study on migration of chloride from the Bayou Corne sinkhole into Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer and it showed the aquifer getting contaminated.

From Shaw Group – Bayou Corne Evaluation of Chloride Migration from Bayou Corne Sinkhole in Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer (MRAA), November 14, 2012

The study has charts showing the water levels all around Lake FUBAR and beyond.

Also we found this Nov. 2012 report from Isotech showing the amount of methane taken in their samples.

This 2012 DNR map of the area shows how much toxic crud is at risk of getting into the water should there be a big explosion or catastrophe at Lake FUBAR. See east of Lake FUBAR on the map. You can take this 2012 DNR status report and mark it all up with a red pencil.


Louisana Faults and Methane

From 2013 – Before It’s News

Explosive Methane Fault Migration: Gulf to La. Salt Domes?

Louisiana’s onshore faults and fractures link to Gulf of Mexico where methane gas has been leaking since April 2010 when BP wrecked the Macondo well, MC 252. Presently, Apache Corporation is trying to stop methane that is migrating from its well. . .

. . . . Aside from gas migrating from Apache’s well in the Gulf off Louisiana’s coast, at least two regional methane gas leakage events now occur near the Gulf, at Lake Peigneur and Bayou Corne, are linked: Each is manmade due to salt dome mining, rather than solely natural events. . . . (more)
Gulf event map       AND –  Fault Line Next to Lake Peigneur