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

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APPJ: Evacuation Order Changed + News

“The area to the west of Grand Bayou along Highway 70 that was once part of the Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuation Order from the Bayou Corne Sinkhole is now removed from any Evacuation Orders, with the exception of the residential area near Bayou Corne.

The area has been reviewed and through the preponderance of evidence, the area has been deemed no longer at risk due to the Sinkhole and gas associated with its creation. Please note that the area of Sportsman’s Drive and a small portion of Crawfish Stew St. remains in the designated evacuations until these areas can be investigated to show that all risks have been eliminated from concerns due to the creation of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole and the failure of Oxy Geismar Cavern 3. . . “ (more)

http://assumptionla.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/evacuation-order-changed-1005-a-m/

We are real sure “through the preponderance of evidence” is a legal phrase.

The Advocate Area ‘no longer risk,’ mandatory evacuation orders lifted around Bayou Corne sinkhole, officials say

Over in Florida – ‘Guacamole-thick’ algae causes crisis on Florida coastline

“STUART, Fla. — A smelly, “guacamole-thick” muck is fouling a stretch of beaches promoted as Florida’s “Treasure Coast,” where lawmakers and residents blame the federal government, saying the algae crisis is fueled by freshwater flows controlled by Army officials to protect an erosion-prone dike.”

Obama Administration Approved Gulf Fracking During Deepwater Horizon Disaster

” . . . From 2010 to October 2014, the Obama administration approved more than 1,500 permit applications for offshore drilling plans that included fracking at hundreds of wells across the Gulf of Mexico  . . .”

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News

The Texas Brine courtroom drama reported by Law360 (pay to see)

Occidental Says Texas Law Doesn’t Apply To Sinkhole Suit

Law360, New York (September 24, 2015, 5:05 PM ET) — Occidental Chemical Corp. told a Texas federal court on Thursday that its dispute with Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc. over liability for a massive sinkhole is not governed by Texas law because the Houston-based chemical manufacturer was incorporated in New York.

http://www.law360.com/articles/706967/occidental-says-texas-law-doesn-t-apply-to-sinkhole-suit

Liberty [Insurance Co.] Says Texas Law Applies In Sinkhole Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (October 2, 2015, 6:00 PM ET) — Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc. told a Texas federal court Friday that its battle with Occidental Chemical Corp. and Texas Brine LLC over liability for a massive sinkhole is governed by Texas law because the insureds are based in that state.

In a brief supporting its motion for summary judgment, Liberty said Occidental and Texas Brine are trying to complicate the choice-of-law issue by noting that Texas Brine’s parent company used a broker with a California office . . . .

http://www.law360.com/articles/710222/liberty-says-texas-law-applies-in-sinkhole-suit


 

Vitter, Angelle lay blame for Bayou Corne

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A three-year-old sinkhole that forced 350 rural Louisiana residents from their homes has become a flashpoint in the governor’s race, with Republican candidate David Vitter accusing GOP rival Scott Angelle of running away from the catastrophe.

Angelle was head of the Department of Natural Resources in August 2012 when a swampy area of Assumption Parish dissolved into muck about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge. He left the job only a few days after the sinkhole emerged, and Vitter’s campaign has accused him of abandoning the Bayou Corne residents.

http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/local/louisiana/2015/09/25/vitter-angelle-lay-blame-bayou-corne/72791466/

Energy Department Selects Five Projects In First Step To Produce Fresh Water From CO2 Storage Sites

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Today, the Department of Energy announced the selection of five projects that will study the feasibility of using salty water―or brine ―from carbon dioxide (CO2) storage sites to produce fresh water.

These projects – which will receive more than $7 million in funding from the Department―will develop and validate strategies to manage pressure and the flow of CO2 in saline formations through a Brine Extraction Storage Test (BEST).

By managing the pressure and the flow of CO2―also known as a plume steering―brine can be extracted from the formation at specific points, where fresh water can be separated in a process known as enhanced water recovery (EWR).

http://www.ladailypost.com/content/energy-department-selects-five-projects-first-step-produce-fresh-water-co2-storage-sites

NE Pennsylvania: Fracking Study Ties Water Contamination to Surface Spills

Research in Pennsylvania shows increased chemicals, but they are not coming from deep underground, making them easier to target.

http://insideclimatenews.org/news/12102015/fracking-study-ties-water-contamination-surface-spills-marcellus-shale-pennsylvania

Oklahoma Earthquakes 2015: Tremors Rise As Oklahoma Officials Struggle To Stem Fracking Wastewater Flow

” . . . shaking has become routine in parts of Oklahoma, where oil and gas companies are injecting unprecedented volumes of wastewater into the ground and inducing earthquakes, scientists have confirmed.

Oklahoma surpassed California last year as the earthquake capital of the lower 48 states and will likely beat the Golden State in 2015. “

http://www.ibtimes.com/oklahoma-earthquakes-2015-tremors-rise-oklahoma-officials-struggle-stem-fracking-2138124

Poli-Ticks for Dummies + Fox Katrina Special on TV Friday Night

A little bird told us Scott Angelle, former Louisiana Secretary of Dept. of Natural Resources who resigned from the DNR a week after the Bayou Corne sinkhole started is running for Louisiana Governor.

Oh boy! Now all Parishes can enjoy the boom-times Assumption Parish has enjoyed with the help from his department!

Fox News Reporting: Hurricane Katrina: The Storm of a Lifetime” will air this Friday night at 10pm ET/9pm CT.
General Honore will be featured in the show.

 

Call to restore coast rings hollow

by Len Bahr, Ph.D.
Paying lip service to coastal restoration

Virtually everyone in Louisiana supports serious efforts to save our coast – whatever ‘saving’ means – and it clearly means less and less every day. Support for acting to sustain at least portions of America’s Delta is 100 miles wide – but only inches thick.

Our next governor could very well oversee the point at which the public despairs of ever seeing meaningful restoration projects and begins to ridicule further pie in the sky planning goals. Meanwhile however, rose colored calls to save the coast continue ad nauseum.

As a case in point, on August 13 The Advocate published a guest column on the need to act before it’s too late, by Steve Cochran, with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Kimberly Reyher with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL). This column is rife with slogans but bereft of substance.

The authors advocate what has already been more or less agreed to – memorializing the tenth anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by investing Louisiana’s ~$6 Billion coastal windfall from fines against BP to implement coastal restoration projects listed in the state’s Coastal Master Plan. What a novel idea.

This vapid opinion piece dodges or glosses over three ‘M’ factors, each a potential deal breaker in terms of successful coastal restoration: money, mud, and muscle (political willpower). Restoration will never be achieved without resolving each issue. . . . (more)

Note: Dr. Bahr’s blog, LA Coast Post, is added to the sidebar.

Aug. 20 – US Nets $23Mln From Gulf of Mexico Oil, Gas Lease Sale

The US government has sold a set of oil and gas drilling leases for the western region of the Gulf of Mexico for more than $22 million, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The leases were auctioned between five offshore energy companies in bids for 33 different parts of the gulf, covering 190,080 acres, the release noted.

http://www.sputniknews.com/us/20150820/1025951566.html

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Southern Co. to Buy AGL Resources for $8 Billion in Cash
Connections: AGL Resources – Jefferson Island Storage & Hub (natural gas storage caverns) – Lake Peigneur – Delcambre

Big Oil Grabbing Private Land from Louisianans + News + New Fly Over PHOTOS

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Mixing Oil and Water
An Inside Look at What Happens When Land Sinks and Oil Money is on the line

The state of Louisiana says it has a public duty to seize private land that sinks underwater. Families who have lived off that coastal marshland for 300 years say the state is using oil company research to grab millions of dollars in oil royalties from lands it failed to protect.
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http://stories.weather.com/mixingoilandwater

NEWS

Work has to stop at proposed St. Tammany fracking site, parish says

Strategic Petroleum Reserve No Longer Key Part Of US National Security

The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), once seen as a cornerstone of America’s energy security, is losing its shine in Washington.

“The SPR was established in the aftermath of the 1973-1974 oil embargo, which led to high gasoline prices, fuel rationing, price controls, and long lines at gas stations. The U.S. government decided to stockpile oil in salt caverns in Texas and Louisiana, fuel that could be used in the event of a supply outage. Today, the SPR holds 695 million barrels of oil. . . .
. . . with Congress unwilling to raise the gas tax, they are hunting for other sources of revenue to fund the six-year transportation bill. As a result, they have resorted to raiding the SPR.

LEAN did a new fly-over and took PHOTOS.

Thanks to Walter for the tip. 😉

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Corrupt judge continues to abuse Bayou Corne residents –
Louisiana Record (May 8) – Judge Zainey disregards Bayou Corne class complaints, grants class counsel $12 million in legal fees; Residents consider asking Bar for reprimand

“NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge overseeing the Bayou Corne sinkhole case has approved $12 million in legal fees, just weeks after the plaintiffs said their lawyers “mistreated and manipulated” them into accepting a subpar settlement. . .

The Finger Lakes region in west New York has a collapsing cavern problem too
The Daily BeastExclusive: Anti-Fracking Filmmaker Josh Fox Arrested In Finger Lakes Protest

” . . . Cark claims there are structural issues. In the 1960s, a 400,000-ton hunk of rock fell from one of the ceilings, and now rests on the floor of the cavern, leaving behind a potentially unstable irregular hole the size of a football field. And while salt caverns are nearly impervious to gas, when you have irregularities, they can cause leaks, or, worse, collapse.”

LINK – http://youtu.be/uFIX-vDwSwQ

Still more questions than answers about the ecological effects of oil dispersants used in Gulf of Mexico

” . . .  Along with 210 million gallons of crude oil that leaked from BP’s failed deep-sea well, cleanup workers applied 1.84 million gallons of chemical dispersant intended to break down the oil and prevent it from reaching the shoreline in massive quantities.

Since the spill, numerous studies have suggested that the mix of oil and chemical dispersants was more toxic to at least parts of the marine ecosystem than the oil alone. . . “

 . . . that would be corexit . . .

OK frack-quakes:  Oil tycoon Harold Hamm reportedly tried to get scientists fired over their earthquake research

Harold Hamm, the CEO of oil company Continental Resources, tried to get scientists at the University of Oklahoma fired after the presented research that increased seismic activity in the Midwest is linked to wastewater disposal from fracking . . .