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

Jefferson Is. Water History

[This was sent from a reliable source]

There was a GROUND WATER RESOURCES COMMISSION MEETING Sept. 16, 2009 – held at Eunice, Louisiana.

Pg 101 very interesting
And I will say at this point that, in the
15 Jefferson Island and the Delcambre area, there are
16 five known wells that have already gone dry in the
17 last five years, so this is a problem that is
18 occurring. Many of the wells are having to be
19 deepened or redrilled because the water level has
20 dropped and the aquifer has dropped below the intake
21 table — the intake of these wells, and these wells
22 are running dry.
23 This is the farming area that shows the rice
24 irrigation areas in south Louisiana, and the drawdown
25 curves of these wells that are listed in the Crowley
26 — in the Acadia Parish area. I think it shows like a
27 -60 elevation, and it is dropping 60′ from mean sea
28 level of zero. So you have about a 60′ drop in the
29 water table from the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, down
30 to — up — or down to the middle of where it has
GROUND WATER RESOURCES COMMISSION MEETING
SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
Michelle S. Abadie, CCR
102
1 formed this crater, and so, from here to up here is
2 about 60 to 65 miles, and there is a 60′ drawdown
3 right there. And I will illustrate what is happening.
4 These are some of the water levels, and it shows
5 how fast — how quickly the sand — the aquifer levels
6 will change. These were taken in the fall of ’95, and
7 this is in the spring of ’96. This is the same zone,
8 and you see the changes in the contour lines of the —
9 these are metric lines of the drawdown curves in this
10 particular area. This is in the Lake Charles area.
11 You’ll notice how fast it can change from fall to
12 spring. This is fall of ’95, okay.
13 Now, the impact of subsidence of water
14 withdrawal, this is a slide that was obtained from a
15 meeting that we attended. As oil-land surveyors, we
16 were called — and engineers, you recall at the
17 meeting in Baton Rouge, right — that would have been
18 in November or December, after Hurricane Rita. And
19 the U.S. Geological Survey and the Center for
20 Geoinformatics at LSU had been conducting some
21 elevation of the benchmarks, and they compared the
22 benchmark to elevations that they were getting by GPS
23 signals benchmarks, comparing those to what they were
24 finding on present day. And this is the results of
25 their findings, and it shows the amounts of subsidence
26 that had actually occurred in certain areas.
27 Now, you notice in one area, where you see the
28 Crowley area, there’s a big -3 that shows right there
29 in front — in the magenta or pink, that’s -3′ of
30 subsidence of the ground over — since these test

This is from the GROUND WATER RESOURCES COMMISSION MEETING OF September, 2009.       About Lake Peigneur

Here the Ground Water Resources Commission is talking about wells going dry in the Jefferson Island and the Delcambre area.

http://dnr.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/conservation/documents/transcript91609.pdf

Here is the AGL Resources Operating agreement:

3.4. Water Rights; Chicot Aquifer Withdrawal Restriction. Further without limiting the foregoing, and subject to obtaining any approvals required under Applicable Law, Jefferson Island shall have the right to drill for and extract water as may be necessary, incidental, or desirable for the Permitted Purposes, including, without limitation,

Catching Up on Lake Peigneur Status

LINK – http://youtu.be/6gOLJSI8byA

Residents in Iberia Parish are under attack by AGL Resources who are poised to wreck their beloved Lake Peigneur. Lake Peigneur already has tell-tale bubbling and mysterious discharges from the caverns below. The residents want their water supply protected and Lake Peigneur restored to its natural state.
2006 article –  AGL Resources sued the State of Louisiana

ERATH, La., Aug. 19, 2006 — AGL Resources (NYSE: AGL) subsidiary Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC (JISH) negotiates tentative agreement with the state of Louisiana that, subject to approval, would resolve the pending lawsuit between the parties over a disputed mineral lease. About Lake Peigneur

AGL had failed to pay their lease to the State.

JEFFERSON ISLAND STORAGE & HUB, LLC, v. LOUISIANA TAX COMMISSION, IBERIA PARISH COUNCIL, RICKEY J. HUVAL, JR., IBERIA PARISH ASSESSOR.
No. 2011 CA 0882.Court of Appeals of Louisiana, First Circuit.

Judgment Rendered: July 15, 2011. The facility consists of salt caverns located beneath Lake Peigneur, as well as various facilities, including flow lines, wells, and wellheads.
After Jefferson Island received notice of the 2006 ad valorem assessment of its property by the Iberia Parish Assessor (Assessor), Rickey J. Huval, Sr., it filed a timely protest, first with the Assessor and then with the Iberia Parish Board of Review, which upheld the assessment. Jefferson Island timely paid the ad valorem taxes under protest, and then filed an appeal of the assessment to the LTC.
Upon receiving its 2007 ad valorem assessment. . . .

Lake Peigneur Hearing Update

AGL Resources, Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, is expanding 2 of their natural gas storage caverns, and adding 2 more under Lake Peigneur that has already had one disaster. 

Famous You Tube video of the monster Lake Peigneur sinkhole

8/19/2013 Hearing at the Iberia Courthouse in New Iberia.
Save Lake Peigneur and LEAN group sued to hold the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources accountable.

Representatives from the Dept. of Natural Resources, Coastal Management, and Jefferson Island Storage & Hub were there. Attorney Lisa Jordan from Tulane represented SLP, Nara Crowley and also Wilma Subra and more than 45 people supporting Save Lake Peigneur filled the courtroom.

The DNR attorney, Billy Jones, argued that because even though Coastal Management issued the permit because the permit states that nothing can move forward unless the other permits are issued, that is was not the time to sue.

Attorney Lisa Jordan argued that the DNR was wrong in their argument. She stated that the DNR failed in their own regulatory discretion. Ms. Jordan argued that the JISH argument puts us in a Trick Bag. She also stated that the permit issued is final.  Many times Ms. Jordan stated that what the DNR said was not true.

Whether or not the suit will be allowed to continue has not been decided yet. There will be 10 days to brief, and 30 days for the judge to decide, but at least the case was not dismissed.

Here are  the TV interviews at the hearing 8/19/2013 in New Iberia-

LINK –  http://youtu.be/EBkC1Qk06iM

Save Lake Peigneur lawsuit hearing

AGL Resources “Testing” Caverns at Lake Peigneur

From their website

Welcome to Jefferson Island Storage & Hub

Please note the testing for July 23,2013 has been postponed to July 30, 2013.

Effective July 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM Central Time, Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, L.L.C. (JISH) will be performing an inventory verification test at each of our two caverns, scheduled to last up to 4 days total for both caverns. The test will be performed on each cavern independently, and only one cavern will be in service during the planned service outage. JISH’s ability to accept injection and withdrawal nominations will be limited to the capacity of the sole cavern in service which could be reduced by 23% to 67%. Injection and withdrawal nominations will be processed and capacity will be allocated in accordance with the scheduling and priority of service provisions (Article 9) in JISH’s Statement of Operating Terms and Conditions as posted.

This is moments before they have to explain themselves in court!

* * * * * *

From Save Lake Peigneur:

We have been rescheduled to Monday, August 19 at 9:30.

We are first on the docket. I have been told that this will be it unless an attorney from the DNR has a new reason.

Meanwhile, as I write this, AGL has barges in the water. They are “surveying the wells and testing bottom pressure.” I wonder if we might have access to the pictures they are taking of the wells? This must be for the permit therefore this makes it public unless of course it’s seismic which the public is not allowed to see. Like we care about where the oil & gas is. All we have ever cared about is saving our water, our lake and our lives.

This Saturday marks the one year point of the Bayou Corne disaster.They are having a commemoration at 10AM. the sinkhole now 22 acres (from 9 acres) 700′ or more deep at the center, most families still not settled with the company. If Hwy. 70 fails the depreciation of their homes will be even more significant.

Next week marks the 7th anniversary of Governor Blanco stating an Environmental Impact Statement would be required before permitting cavern expansion at Jefferson Island Salt Dome. Why hasn’t our state demanded the same? Oh, I forgot, Don Briggs recently that he “can’t believe the Office of Conservation broke it’s own rules” when granting the permit. Meaning that Coastal Management should have just granted the permit without stipulations.

Please try to be present at the hearing. We need people your presence. Please even if only for 15 minutes it will be enough to show that you care.

We have the best drinking water! Please help save it! The families from Grand Bayou and Bayou Corne have lived through tragedy and their drinking water contaminated. If you think this can not happen here you are gravely wrong.

Your presence is your voice. Please mark your calendars for August 19, 9:30 AM at Iberia Parish Courthouse, Iberia Street, New Iberia.

We wish our friends in Bayou Corne well on this sad weekend. 
About Lake Peigneur

Louisiana Reps Get the Low Down on AGL Resources

sent in –

Email to Louisiana State Senators and Representatives

Sir,

Please help stop any  more permits to AGL Resources, Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, until an Environmental Impact Statement and Seismic Studies can be done.  There has already been one major disaster at that location.  The first permits should never have been issued. Now there is bubbling in Lake Peigneur and the cause is not known. 

The Louisiana DNR continued to issue permits in the Bayou Corne area for years when there were problems.  The DNR is still issuing permits in that area?  The Bayou Corne sinkhole is an ongoing major disaster and has destroyed people’s lives.

About Lake Peigneur

When these two communities at different times went to Baton Rouge and met with members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee most members did not treat them with any respect.  Both of these communities were treated more like nuisances. The Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee has shown poor leadership for dealing with the citizens of these areas that have pleaded for help.  Maybe this comes from the top, Governor  Bobby Jindal who took 7 mos. before he even bothered to visit the residents of Bayou Corne.

Baddies, AGL Resources –  More on Lake Peigneur Foe, AGL Resources

AGL Resources Handed All the Water They Want for Lake Peigneur Operations During Water Shortage

Dem Dirty Dogs!

This interesting info was sent in –

ITEM from 2009 –

From the GROUND WATER RESOURCES COMMISSION MEETING OF September, 2009:

Here the Ground Water Resources Commission is talking about wells going dry in the Jefferson Island and the Delcambre area.

Page 101 very interesting:

Testimony of MR. LANGLINAIS:

And I will say at this point that, in the  Jefferson Island and the Delcambre area, there are five known wells that have already gone dry in the last five years, so this is a problem that is occurring. Many of the wells are having to be deepened or redrilled because the water level has dropped and the aquifer has dropped below the intake table — the intake of these wells, and these wells are running dry. 

This is the farming area that shows the rice irrigation areas in south Louisiana, and the drawdown
curves of these wells that are listed in the Crowley — in the Acadia Parish area. I think it shows like a  -60 elevation, and it is dropping 60′ from mean sea  level of zero. So you have about a 60′ drop in the  water table from the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, down to — up — or down to the middle of where it has
(p. 102)
formed this crater, and so, from here to up here is about 60 to 65 miles, and there is a 60′ drawdown right there. And I will illustrate what is happening. These are some of the water levels, and it shows how fast — how quickly the sand — the aquifer levels will change. These were taken in the fall of ’95, and this is in the spring of ’96. This is the same zone, and you see the changes in the contour lines of the — these are metric lines of the drawdown curves in this particular area. This is in the Lake Charles area.

You’ll notice how fast it can change from fall to spring. This is fall of ’95, okay. Now, the impact of subsidence of water withdrawal, this is a slide that was obtained from a meeting that we attended. As oil-land surveyors, we were called — and engineers, you recall at the meeting in Baton Rouge, right — that would have been in November or December, after Hurricane Rita. And the U.S. Geological Survey and the Center for Geoinformatics at LSU had been conducting some  elevation of the benchmarks, and they compared the  benchmark to elevations that they were getting by GPS signals benchmarks, comparing those to what they were finding on present day. And this is the results of their findings, and it shows the amounts of subsidence that had actually occurred in certain areas.

Now, you notice in one area, where you see the Crowley area, there’s a big -3 that shows right there in front — in the magenta or pink, that’s -3′ of subsidence of the ground over — since these tests
(p. 103)
have been conducted.   
About Lake Peigneur

Here is AGL Resources Operating agreement:

3.4. Water Rights; Chicot Aquifer Withdrawal Restriction. Further without limiting the foregoing, and subject to obtaining any approvals required under Applicable Law, *Jefferson Island shall have the right to drill for and extract water as may be necessary, incidental, or desirable for the Permitted Purposes, including, without limitation, . . .
http://dnr.louisiana.gov/assets/OC/im_div/20090818-IMD-OpAgmt-JISH.pdf

And more – Testimony of MR. LANGLINAIS,  from p. 137 – –

Now, I might also mention that, in an area just directly south of this — of Jefferson Island and Delcambre area, I had farmer come — one landowner come to me and tell me, “Steve, every time my neighbor turns his irrigation well on, my water well goes dry at my house.”

And I think I heard those comments at the last meeting, also. So what do you do? Well, I wait — I tell my farmer to run his well for a day and then stop running his well and then let me pump my water well so I can get water for my house. It’s just one of my clients who lives south of the Erath-Delcambre area, because of the drawdown from his
(p. 138)
water well, it has reached a point below the intake of his existing water well.

So the drawdown phenomena is causing a few problems, as we all know. The drawdown causes the well running dry, and it also causes a further increase of the saltwater encroachment coming into that area where you have that low — that low cone of depression. 

Water meeting transcript http://dnr.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/conservation/documents/transcript91609.pdf

Page 2 says who all was there. James Welsh from Conservation [Louisiana-speak for Give-Away!] was there.

REPRESENTING S.J. LANGLINAIS & ASSOCIATES, INC.:  STEPHEN LANGLINAIS
REPRESENTING AGL RESOURCES/JEFFERSON ISLAND STORAGE & HUB, LLC:  TIM GOODSON

On page 148 they begin to discuss AGL Resources plans and how the water they want for their salt dome projects and say it  is from a deeper source than farmers’ water blah, blah. This man testifying, SGL’s Goodson,  blithely continues on with details ignoring the impact of seismic activity in Louisiana or the giant salt dome disaster at  Jefferson Island in 1980!

MAP of Jefferson Island area.  It is west of Assumption Parish.

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UPDATE, July 23

AGL Resources just contaminates the water and doesn’t try to recover any of it, unlike farmers’ use of water.  After the leaching of the salt dome caverns, the salt water will be pumped into wells, never to be used again.
West Monroe honored for efforts to reduce draw on Sparta aquifer

WEST MONROE, Louisiana — The city of West Monroe has won recognition for its efforts to reduce water usage from the Sparta aquifer, a major source of drinking water for municipalities and water systems west of the Ouachita River.

 At the Louisiana Rural Water Association’s annual awards luncheon this month the city was presented with the association’s award for Outstanding Achievement in Water Conservation, Reclamation and Re-Use.

 The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/1aDFv0o  ) that the city was honored for a $20 million project that enables a local business, Graphic Packaging, to use recycled wastewater in its production process to eliminate its draw from the aquifer.

Before the project came online in April 2012, Graphic Packaging was the area’s largest consumer of aquifer water.

short link –  http://wp.me/p2GNDM-2O2