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A reader asks this and so do we:
Using Louisiana Public Record Law: La. R.S. 44:1 et seq please, DNR, reply to these questions.
Questions about the Blue Ribbon Committee Bayou Corne
- How often do they meet?
- How many meetings in the past year?
- Where do they meet?
- Do they give the residents of Bayou Corne weekly or monthly updates?
- Where do you obtain the minutes for their meetings? That should be public record.
Louisiana Public Record Law: La. R.S. 44:1 et seq
UPDATE, Sept. 7
DNR Communications Director had these answers:
How often do they meet?
The full commission meets once a month, in addition to two monthly meetings each for the Stability Subgroup and the Gas Subgroup – though individual members are free to meet with each other to exchange information and ideas in periods between scheduled meetings.
How many meetings in the past year?
22 BRC meetings have been held since the BRC was formed in March 2013 – six full commission meetings and 8 meetings each for the Stability and Gas subgroups.
Where do they meet?
With the exception of the initial meeting and public introduction of the members on April 5, and the 3-day conference and site-visit held from April 29 through the public meeting on May 1, meetings are held through web/teleconference, as the wide geographic spread of the experts selected for the BRC – including members from across the U.S., from Canada and from France – would make arranging regular in-person gatherings prohibitively complex.
Do they give the residents of Bayou Corne weekly or monthly updates?
The BRC has provided updates through the Assumption Parish blog in April, May and June, as well as a report at the May 1 community meeting, and members were on hand at the July 16 meeting to provide a report and information, though other discussions at the meeting pre-empted the formal report. The BRC currently intends to provide its next public update following the September meeting of the full commission.
The members named to the Commission are:
•Pierre Berest, Ph.D., Research Director at France’s Ecole Polytechnique, member of French Commission for Underground Storage Safety, former president of the Solution Mining Research Institute
•David Borns, Ph.D., Geotechnology and Engineering Program Manager for Sandia National Laboratories, research focused on subsurface monitoring for environmental applications, risk assessments and simulations
•J.C. Chamberlain, 12-year resident of Bayou Corne area, 30 years of industrial experience
•Randall Charbeneau, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research with University of Texas-Austin’s Center for Research in Water Resources, former member of Science Advisory Committee for EPA Underground Injection Control program, former chairman of review panel for EPA’s Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory Groundwater Modeling Research
•Doug Duncan, Associate Coordinator of U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resource Program, research focused geologically based energy resources and impacts to environmental and human health
•Blayne Hartman, Ph.D., Geochemist with Hartman Environmental Geoscience, contributor to regulatory guidance documents on vapor intrusion for EPA and several state agencies
•Gary Hecox, Ph.D., Senior Hydrogeologist and GIS Analyst with CB&I, technical lead for CB&I Bayou Corne response team
•James Linn, Ph.D., Geotechnical consultant, former president of Solution Mining Research Institute, former Underground Storage Technology Manager for Sandia National Laboratories
•Denis O’Carroll, Ph.D., Associate Professor for University of Western Ontario’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, research focused on groundwater contamination and remediation
•Will Pettitt, Ph.D., Vice President of Itasca Group, member of microseismic and geomechanics team in ongoing Bayou Corne response
•John Rogers Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor with LSU’s Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering, consulting engineer for federal Oil Spill Commission on events leading to 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident
•Thomas Van Biersel, Ph.D., Hydrogeologist with Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, former Assistant Professor with Louisiana Geological Survey at LSU, coordinator for Science Work Group advising Bayou Corne response
•John Voigt, Executive Director of Solution Mining Research Institute, President of Voigt Mining and Geotechnical, specializing in salt geology and brine/water inflow evaluation
TEXAS BRINE: DEADBEAT!
July 17 –
Texas Brine Slices 25% off Parish Invoices
(Houston Based Company Refuses to Pay OEP Director)
By Staff Writer
In what has long been a public relations nightmare by Texas Brine, its latest moves are doing nothing to repair its broken image.
Assumption Parish Police jurors announced at the regular scheduled Wednesday night meeting that the Houston based company without consulting anyone, cut the latest invoice by 25%. The company prior to the most recent payments, had only paid through the end of January’s invoices and the parish costs continue to mount.
Additionally, Texas Brine is refusing to pay straight time costs for OEP director John Boudreaux, who has been at Bayou Corne 7 days a week, generally 12 hours per day.
Police Jury President Marty Triche said Texas Brine’s reasoning is that the parish would have to pay him anyway.
The discussion took center stage at Wednesday’s meeting, as jurors try to grapple with ongoing costs due to the sinkhole and how to deal with Boudreauxs other assignments as Permit Officer and 911 Director.
Triche said he is concerned because the Texas Brine debacle could go on for years. Jurors will meet next week with OEP personnel to review the situation and make some changes internally to deal with the problems the best way possible.
In other matters, jurors approved the lowest bid by Magnolia Construction for the Bertrandville sewer project in the amount of $1,774,716.50.
The project was budgeted for $1,826,000. Jurors also approved the low bid of $5500.00 by Rene’s Trucking to clear the property for the sewer plant and construct a lay down yard.
In related jury issues, jurors
- *Re-appointed Ricky Landry and Nelson Guillot as board members of Lower Texas Drainage District No. 15.
- *Approved a catch basin off of LA 402 at a cost of $200.00.
- *Approved resolutions for the Bertrandville, Peterville, and Marais/Louis treatment plants and improvements and authorized the president to sign necessary documents.
- *Heard an update from Mrs. Beryl Gomez on FEMA appeals.
- *Granted preliminary approval for the subdivision of property by Sarah Daigle on Highway 401.
- *Approved substantial completion for the 2012 Road Improvement Program but held a retainage of 10% for warranty work.
- *Approved a request by Juror Myron Matherne to send a letter to the property owners at 4318 Highway 70 in Ward 9, to cease and desist the operation of a scrap material yard at the location. Matherne provided photographs of the alleged ongoing work.
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Texas Brine’s damages expanding
By Staff Writer
When the August 3, 2012 sinkhole formed, people figured that for the most part, Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou residents would feel the greatest consequences and that thought was correct.
As the 1 year anniversary approaches, the effects of Texas Brine’s disaster is reaching well beyond the boundaries of the local community and when all is said and done, if it ever is, there will never be enough money to go around.
Directly associated with the sinkhole are expenses related to buyouts, evacuations, public safety and environmental costs.
While Texas Brine has consistently ignored the issue of testing for gas in the border communities of Pierre part, Paincourtville, Belle Rose, etc., it now appears that those areas are beginning to feel the pain of Texas Brine’s misdeeds.
While there have been some statements made that testing was done, no one has ever provided any documentation of any such testing, but those property owners are fixing to pay a heavy price.
A recent Bayou Corne evacuee attempted to finance a home loan for a Paincourtville property, bus was denied. Why? Because they were too close to a sinkhole.
A Pierre Part businessman recently attempted to refinance a debt on personal property which is also tied to lines of credit for his business. The feat had been accomplished many times in the past, but Texas Brine has just put an end to that.
The bank arranging for the refinancing through a secondary lender issued a letter denying the loan application because the property was 4- 4½ miles from a sinkhole.
The inability of business and/or homeowners to refinance existing debt will lead to an extreme increase in interest rates, particularly if you have a floating interest rate or a loan tied to lines of credit.
Also, some outlying resident’s are receiving inquiries from insurance companies concerning the sinkhole. It is probably a safe bet that your homeowners insurance premiums are about to rise solely because of the sinkhole.
As a result of those circumstances, Texas Brine can expect additional civil claims as homeowners have no option but to pursue legal avenues to attempt to recover their losses.
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– emphasis added
The SHAW GROUP has put up its charts and info used at the Feb. 6th Community Meeting up on the DNR website.
The new DNR Inspection Report is out. Does this make sense?? They abandon work at well pad 3 because of ‘seismic activity’ but go ahead full blast with dilling at ORW #4…
Oxy-Geismar Water Well #3 (grey pump station on right just before the sinkhole):
. . . . Well Pad 3 is closed to personnel due to recent seismic activity.
but at the bottom of the report –
ORW #4 (Observation Relief Well #4) (off HWY 70 b/w cabins & TX BRINE facility):
Remarks: Shut In due to nearby rig/drilling work on G-03 geophone well.
NOTE: Due to sudden and large global seismic activity you may find earthquake bulletins at our parent blog, The Flying Cuttle Picayune. There are live seismic activity world maps at Radioactive Chat. Some foreign huge quakes may show on the Bayou Corne helicorders. There was a 7.0 quake just now in Columbia.
MORE here later . . .
note they are monitoring the drinking water…
Office of Conservation
Bayou Corne Field Update
Jan. 29, 2013 Activities
Texas Brine Operations
Oxy 3-A Cavern Well –
Shut in, monitoring pressure – Casing Pressure: 480 psi
Texas Brine Facility Vent Well to Top of Aquifer (RW 1 on Oxy 2 well pad) –
Shut in, to be re-worked – 2,594 mcf removed to date.
Texas Brine Facility Geophone Well (Between Oxy 2 & original Oxy 3 well pads) –
Ongoing monitoring for seismic activity, data available at http://folkworm.ceri.memphis.edu/heli_temp/
ORW 13 Vent Well (Near Oxy 9 well pad)–
PDK logging run, completing well in preparation for flaring
ORW 14 Vent Well (Near Oxy 10 well pad)–
PDK logging run, completing well in preparation for flaring
ORW 15 Vent Well (North of Hwy 70)–
Drilling operations begun
Texas Brine Facility Shallow Pressure Monitoring (TBC 1-3)
TBC 1 (Original Oxy 3 well pad)
Tubing Pressure: 38 psig
Casing Pressure: 20 psig
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