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Houston Chronicle Adding 3 miles of breakwaters at Louisiana wildlife refuge

LINK –  https://youtu.be/NKBlaT-qV_o

 M 2.5 Quake12km S of New Madrid, Missouri – USGS REport

Scientists Discover How Giant Earthquakes Start

“Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have found that most moderate and large earthquakes are preceded by tiny earthquake clusters, sometimes even weeks before the main shock, according to the LA Times

So much for the ‘relieving pressure’ argument.”

Entergy-River Bend Nuclear Want To Move Reactor Cooling Core Injection Point From The Reactor Head Spray Nozzle; Remove Some Oversight From NRC – Comment By Thurs. 11.59 PM/Request Hearing By July 23rd

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Comments must be filed by June 21, 2018. A request for a hearing must be filed by July 23, 2018 https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NRC-2018-0096-0001 50 mile radius fallout zone for River Bend Nuclear Power Station.

Entergy wants to “relocate the reactor core isolation cooling (RCIC) piping injection point from the reactor vessel head spray nozzle to the feedwater line using the residual heat removal (RHR) shutdown cooling return line,” at River Bend Nuclear Power Station, near St. Francisville, Louisiana. Risk is not merely an academic question at River Bend Nuclear Power Station, as there have been loss of cooling near misses in recent years. This nuclear power station is up for relicensing, too.

The relicensing document simply states: “The vessel head spray function is no longer in use. The vessel vent and head spray nozzle is evaluated with the reactor vessel pressure boundary as a piping component…https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1715/ML17153A286.pdf

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Revealing bad guys: there are now multiple fake organizations opposing clean energy for Louisiana

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 There are now multiple fake organizations, and they’re opposing clean energy for Louisiana. You may have seen Facebook posts for these groups. Perhaps you received a mailer, or saw a TV commercial. These are well-funded groups, and they’re not friends of Louisiana. But first, some context.
In 2015, Southwestern Electric Power Company (a Shreveport-based electric company) developed a long-term plan to buy lots of renewable energy. These plans in the electric industry are called “integrated resource plans”, and you can read SWEPCO’s plan, here. To implement its plan, SWEPCO is partnering with a sister-utility in Oklahoma to construct the nation’s largest wind farm in western Oklahoma; the “Wind Catcher” project will total 2,000 megawatts – that’s about 4x more power than the entire city of Lafayette. According to SWEPCO, “When the project is complete, SWEPCO will provide 26% of its energy from renewable resources, up from 8% today” and it will “save SWEPCO customers more than $4 billion.” So who would be opposed?
Our first anti-wind group is called “Protect Our Pocketbooks“. Their  sole  purpose to is oppose the Wind Catcher wind farm. It’s a shady group run by aDelaware-registered company, with its primary lobbyist based in Little Rock. Their slick videos and web materials are put together by a PR firm called Impact Management Group in Little Rock, which has deep ties with the natural gas industry. 
The second group is called “Renewable Louisiana” – they’re 100% modeled off another group called “Renewable Arkansas – similar logo, same slick videos, etc. They’re masquerading as a pro-solar group, but their sole purpose is to oppose the Wind Catcher project, and are doing nothing to support solar. They’re tricking pro-solar folks to oppose wind energy. Neither group is registered in Arkansas nor Louisiana. Renewable Arkansas claims to be a “project” of a group called “Americans for Affordable Energy”, except, that group is registered in North Carolina to a PR firm in Virginia, which has deep ties to coal, natural gas and nuclear industries. 
Is your head spinning yet? These are “dark money” groups, so we don’t know for sure who’s paying for it all, but there are clearly some good theories. They paid significantly to grow their Facebook pages to nearly 3,000 people, each. Check out their Facebook pages and ask who’s funding them. 
But enough on the fake groups. Email our public service commissioner, Commissioner Craig Greene, and let him know you support clean energy, including the Wind Catcher project: craig.greene ‘at’ la.gov
Events 

Bayou Electric Vehicles meeting, 3/28, 6:30PM, Main Library 2nd floor (event)

Green Drinks!, 3/29, 6:30PM, Dat Dog (event)


Lafayette City/Parish Council meeting “open mic night”, 3/20, 5:30PM event)

Lafayette Mini Maker Faire, 3/24, 10AM, Lafayette Science Museumevent)
The Current Rebooted: A Relaunch Party, 3/21, 6PM, Jefferson Street Pubevent)
Science on the Bayou, 3/27, 7PM Jefferson Street Pubevent)
Social Media Breakfast, 4/6, 7:30AM, Opportunity Machineevent)
Earth Day Preamble, 4/7, morning, Wurst Biergarten (more to come)
Southern Board Game Festival, 4/14, 9M, Lafayette Science Museumevent)
Fete de la Terre expo, 4/20, UL  (more to come)
Fly Fishing Film Tour 2018, 4/21, 3:30PM, Pack & Paddleevent)
Festival, 4/25event)
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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

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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