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! APPJ Posts Mar. 3 Sinkhole Survey. Is Mini-Me Sinkhole Forming???

Finally some NEWS!

APPJ blog – 11:05 a.m. Sinkhole Depth Survey, February 2016

The survey [PDF]

The revised date on the survey is Mar. 3 and the profile is from Feb.

floodThe flooding continues – see posts below for info links

FLOOD WARNINGS for East Baton Rouge area (not Assumption Parish, though).

DHH probing why Peoples Water never reported high disinfectant levels; Donaldsonville residents still can’t drink the water


Reader, Walter thinks a second sinkhole is forming. It sure looks like it!
(see comments)

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NEWS! NEWS! NEWS!

We Told Ya So!

The Advocate Assumption jurors say no to sinkhole discharge into Grand Bayou, citing environmental concerns, but state officials worried about catastrophic levee failure

“. . . . Tom Killeen, DEQ Inspection Division administrator, described the implications of a catastrophic levee failure: As much as 150 million gallons of sinkhole water — possibly mixed with saltier water from the sinkhole’s depths — would rush into the swamp if a breach allowed up to 3 feet of water to flow out.

The primary bowl of the sinkhole is about 31 acres, but the series of containment levees cut through the swamps south of La. 70 contain a total of 117 acres, Texas Brine has said. . .  “

story + map –  http://theadvocate.com/news/13402558-123/assumption-jurors-say-no-to

 “In the June 3 letter to DEQ, Martin, the Texas Brine vice president, raised reusing sinkhole water for salt dome mining but wrote then the company was talking with an unnamed customer about the water’s suitability.”

“Police Jury President Martin “Marty” Triche told Killeen jurors favored Texas Brine finding another method of disposing of the water, such as through a pipeline to injection wells, instead of discharging into the bayous with monitoring but no treatment.”

The more recent sinkhole photos from On Wings of Care show the area much better than graphics used by many media outlets.

oxy_helis_MapCLICK MAP FOR FULL SIZE

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Lots of fluid movement at 6 a.m. at LA-12.

Heads up, residents who were in court over Texas Brine –
The Advocate[East Baton Rouge]Fired Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper issued misdemeanor summons

“The investigators discovered three email accounts belonging to attorneys for the Parish Attorney’s Office that were illegally accessed more than 40 times, he said. Detectives determined the illegal access originated from a home IP address belonging to Roper.

Investigators also uncovered evidence indicating use of Roper’s personal computer to illegally access the Parish Attorney’s Office email system through a proxy service designed to mask the user’s actions and location, Manale said.”

http://theadvocate.com/news/13404314-123/former-east-baton-rouge-parish

She can probably get a job with Hillary Clinton!  smile2

Big solar storm today – The Watchers

Enemy of Standard Oil and still vilified, Huey Long died 80 years ago.

“Under the principle of the separation of church and state it is not legal to provide funding to Catholic schools. Louisiana had in Huey Long’s and still has many Catholic schools where Catholic parents preferred to send their children. Huey long came up with the simple but brilliant ploy of providing textbooks to children rather than to their schools. This enable the state government to subsidize both public and parochial education. Many people, even political opponents of Long supported this program.

Long however wanted to impose the cost of the textbook program upon the petroleum companies like Standard Oil. This measure was not supported by many in the state legislature.”

http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/hlong.htm

They were never investigated for ordering his assassination but they had the means, the motive and the opportunity to do the deed.  Today reports on (enemy of oil companies) Hugo Chavez with the same spirit as the dictator description given to (enemy of oil companies) Long.

Mining Awareness blog has more on populist enemy-of-Standard-Oil, Huey Long.

The Advocate – [Baton Rouge area] Monitoring saltwater intrusion is costly, but Ground Water Commission now must decide who will pay
Money needed to drill scavenger wells for saltwater information

MEXICO – quakes and volcanoes going off. See COMMENTS for details.

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APPJ: Additional Mandatory Evacuation Area Reduced to Voluntary Evacuation

“The area to the west of Grand Bayou along Highway 70 that was part of the Mandatory Evacuation Order from the Bayou Corne Sinkhole has been re-designated to a Voluntary Evacuation Area. Attached is a Map of the area, which is from Grand Bayou (waterway) west to the Enlink Compressor Station Property as depicted on the map provided.”

(more + map)
http://assumptionla.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/250-p-m-additional-mandatory-evacuation-area-reduced-to-voluntary-evacuation/

Tuesday News – hardly any

From Real Coastal Warriors : Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

“…Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.”

WIPP town meeting (looks like a bosses’ meeting) live stream #1. The rest of it.

The Watchers – Red tide kills thousands of fish in Gulf of Mexico, poses a greater health threat

The helicorders at Lake FUBAR were pretty quiet until noon then they started up and then sputtered. LA18 shows it.

The AdvocateJudge tells sinkhole lawyers to settle taxpayers’ claims

The state district judge presiding over year-old lawsuits seeking reimbursement of state and parish costs from the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole urged Texas Brine Co. and its insurers Monday to turn their attention away from internal battles over coverage and focus on settling the primary legal claims seeking to recover taxpayer dollars.

Judge Guy Holdridge, of the 23rd Judicial District, told a courtroom of more than two dozen lawyers from Texas Brine Co., its insurers, and state and Assumption Parish government that he has dealt with similar cases in the past involving multiple insurers and millions of dollars in claims and that the sheriff’s and Police Jury’s claims, in particular, are worth just several hundred thousand dollars each.

“My frustration is why are we working and kneading me up as a judge over these small claims, and I’m having to deal with 1,000 New Orleans lawyers. I don’t know why we are doing this,” Holdridge said at the Assumption Parish Courthouse in Napoleonville. . . .


There has been fewer posts here than usual because news from Bayou Corne has slowed to a trickle …
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There’s been almost no updates posted lately from DNR.

 

DEQ has a new situation update Aug. 3 but they don’t report any stats. They just say everything’s fine. They have a water quality report for 7-29. They have a July air sample report.

The  Texas Brine Action Plan was pretty recent, Aug. 3. Oxy has one too for Aug. 3. So does KDS Promix, DOW, Arcadian GasChevron and Crosstex. Chevron is reducing inventory and slowing down. They don’t say it is due to instability but we doubt it is a reduction to greed that prompts them! Arcadian is idle too.

Texas Brine’s Action Plan uses an incredibly old photo of Lake FUBAR. We wonder how they can plan anything without a current picture or map.

The last Texas Brine drilling report was for 2012 just after the collapse. They say they closed Oxy 3 with a master valve so maybe they didn’t do any more drilling and that was the last report.

2:40 p.m. Meeting Videos < UPDATED

WAFB – Sinkhole officials say gas has been reduced significantly

TUESDAY COMMUNITY MEETING . . .

Assumption Parish Police Jury

Videos from the informational meeting held on yesterday can be viewed at:

https://www.youtube.com/user/assumptionla 

 

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