Bayou Bridge pipeline decision soon

Feb. 9 – Pipeline ruling on hold; decision expected next week

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The builders of the Bayou Bridge pipeline and the environmentalists trying to stop them will have to wait a few more days for a court decision on whether the project can continue moving forward. . . . (more)

The follow-up story will get posted here . . .  FC


Tourism big in other states opposing coastal drilling

(Reuters) – The Trump administration’s decision last week to exempt Florida from its national offshore drilling plan was based in part on the state’s argument that a spill would cripple its crucial tourism industry.

” . . .   tourism makes up about 11 percent of the economy of neighboring Georgia, 10 percent of the economies of South Carolina and Maine and nearly 7 percent of the economy of New Jersey. “

South Carolina’s Republican governor, Henry McMaster, has said he is seeking an exemption from the drilling plan, while Georgia’s Republican governor, Nathan Deal, said he was concerned about drilling in coastal Georgia. . . .” (more)

Huge amounts of magma churning 124 miles below New England

Sputnik – ‘Something is Rising Up’: Massive Blob of Magma Growing Under New England

In what sounds like the setup to a shlocky B-movie, a blob of molten rock has been discovered welling up underneath Vermont, growing ever larger in the subterranean catacombs beneath New England.

The anomaly was discovered by Earthscope, a National Science Foundation (NSF) project to monitor the geology of North America to better understand the processes behind earthquakes and volcanoes.

Geologists and seismologists were baffled when Earthscope told them that huge amounts of magma were churning 124 miles beneath the surface of New England. While such phenomena are common enough along tectonic plates, Lovecraft Country isn’t exactly known for its volcanoes. . . . (more)

This isn’t directly related to our sinkhole topic but it touches on things we have discussed often in comments over the years. FC

Tracking Hurricane Harvey Path Enroute to Louisiana

NOAA projection for Hurricane Harvey

These parishes have a FLASH FLOOD WARNING:
Assumption, LA
Iberville, LA
Pointe Coupee, LA
Upper Lafourche, LA
Upper St. Martin, LA

The AdvocateHow much rain will New Orleans, Baton Rouge see from Harvey? Here’s latest projection [GRAPHIC]

“Overall, rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches are expected in southeast Louisiana over the coming days from rain associated with Harvey, the National Hurricane Center said Monday.”

Nat’l Hurricane Center“Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 15 inches farther south into the middle Texas coast and farther east across south-central Louisiana. Rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches are expected in southeast Louisiana.


National Hurricane Center PROJECTED WIND SPEEDS

Another big storm is forming off the Georgia coast:


Tropical Storm Projected Path

Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten Advisory Number 4
NWS National Hurricane Center,  Miami FL


If you expect a long power outage – try this –
put a quarter on a frozen cup of water before a hurricane
it could save you from food poisoning.
When you return if the quarter is still on top the contents of the freezer have remained frozen (safe) … but if it sinks it means the food in the freezer has thawed and refrozen and is unsafe to eat.

More will go into comments here – FC

Biggest Dead Zone Ever in Gulf of Mexico Now

RSOE Report –

“A recent expedition to the Gulf of Mexico has yielded the largest ‘dead zone’ ever recorded in the area. Measuring 8,776 square miles, this massive patch of oxygen depleted water is wreaking havoc on the Gulf’s marine life – a consequence of unchecked agricultural runoff pouring down from the Mississippi River. Dead zones appear in the Gulf every summer, and the typical size is around 5,800 square miles. Back in 2002, scientists detected an unusually large dead zone stretching for 8,497 square miles, but this new one, detected just last week, is now the largest ever recorded. At a whopping 8,776 square miles (22,730 sq km), it’s 4.6 times larger than the target size set by the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force. In the words of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, this finding shows that “nutrient pollution, primarily from agriculture and developed land runoff in the Mississippi River watershed is continuing to affect the nation’s coastal resources and habitats in the Gulf.” Hypoxia is a fancy term for low oxygen, and it’s primarily a problem for estuaries and coastal waters . . . . “  (more)


NEWS – see COMMENTS here

On Offshore Fracking in the Gulf of Mexico

While the spotlight was on offshore drilling, fracking quietly made its way into our oceans

” . . .  it has come to light that the oil industry is conducting offshore fracking in the Gulf, which is even more dangerous than conventional oil drilling, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.”