“. . . The sinkhole, which measures 45 feet in diameter and is 300 feet deep, opened up beneath a pile of waste material at Mosaic, the world’s largest supplier of phosphate. The Daily Mail reported a storage pond containing215 million gallons of radioactive watersat atop the waste mineral pile and drained into the aquifer system, which supplies drinking water to millions of residents. . . “ ” . . .The Floridian aquifer, one of the highest producing in the world, is the principal source of groundwater for most of the state, and extends into southern Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. . . “
FICTION– “The Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for most dams in the U.S.”
FACT– State dam safety programs have oversight of most dams in the United States. State agencies regulate more than 80% of the Nation’s dams.
FICTION– “Dams are like roads and bridges. The government takes care of them.”
FACT – Most dams are privately owned. Dam owners are responsible for maintenance and upgrades. Private dam owners are responsible for more than 65% of the Nation’s dams. Many lack the financial resources necessary for adequate dam maintenance.
FICTION – “There are only a few dams in my State.”
FACT – There are more than 84,000 dams in the United States (as of 2010). Most States are home to hundreds—or thousands—of dams, and each must meet regulatory criteria. • Texas has the most dams—more than 7,000—followed by Kansas (6,087), Missouri (5,099), Oklahoma (4,755), and Georgia (4,606). • Mississippi, North Carolina, and Iowa each have more than 3,000 dams. • Five States—Alabama, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, and South Dakota—each have more than 2,000 dams. • Fifteen other States have more than 1,000 dams each. • Delaware has the fewest number of dams, with 86.
FICTION – “That dam has been here for years—it’s not going anywhere.”
FACT – Advancing age can make dams more susceptible to failure. The average age of dams in the United States is more than 53 years. As dams get older, deterioration increases and repair costs rise. Some common problems of older dams are: • Deteriorating metal pipes and structural components; metal rusts over time, and after 50 years it can fail completely. • Sediment-filled reservoirs. Some sediment may have contaminants from chemicals in runoff from upstream. • Runoff from subdivisions and businesses built upstream. Roofs and concrete streets and sidewalks increase the volume of runoff to the reservoir.
“The pipeline would run 163 miles across south Louisiana, from Lake Charles through the Atchafalaya Basin to St. James Parish, bridging a gap between oil refineries in Louisiana and a major oil and gas hub in Texas.”
“The Panola County Airport-Sharpe Field in Carthage is closed after a reported pipeline explosion destroyed part of the runway. A blowout in a DCP Midstream pipeline occurred around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday near the northern end of runway 17, according to the airport. No injuries were reported. Airport officials estimated a hole in the runway measures 12 feet deep and 30 feet in diameter. . . “
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…
“Fat–as the Death-birds on Iraq’s shore,
That glutted themselves in gore” (Adapted from Shelley, 1812)
War Profiteer “Vampire” Dick Cheney reemerged to push for ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson’s appointment.
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…