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Gulf Of Mexico: Oil And Corexit Is Killing Everything In Its Path! Photos
By Trowbridge H. Ford
By Trowbridge H. Ford
From Marylee Orr , Executive Director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network –
“On this anniversary, our hearts go out to the 11 men whose lives were lost on the Deepwater Horizon 10 years ago and to all those we have lost in the current Covid-19 pandemic. May our society learn and grow and be better due to these tragedies.”
10th anniversary report: TEN YEARS AFTER DEEPWATER HORIZON – Whistleblowers Continue to Suffer an Unending Medical Nightmare Triggered by Corexit – [PDF]
LINK – http://youtu.be/T-9lFdnjxks
Thanks, Walter, for the links 😉
Police: 3 dead, 2 in serious condition after Gibson plant explosion
State Police said three workers were killed and two people were listed in serious condition following an explosion reported Thursday at a natural gas pipeline in Gibson, Louisiana.
The blast was reported about 11 a.m. at a pipeline at Williams Partners’ natural gas facility. The facility is owned by Williams Partners’ subsidiary Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co.
Williams said that the facility was not operational at the time of the incident and gas was not flowing through the pipeline system when the explosion occurred.
The 13 Williams employees stationed at the facility have been accounted for and were not injured, Williams said. However, of the 19 contractors working at the site, three were killed, State Police said. Two people were injured and listed in serious condition. . . .
. . . . Williams also owned a plant in Gesimar, Louisiana, that experienced an explosion in June 2013. One person was killed in that blast.
As a result of the incident, the company was charged with a series of violations, ranging from willful to serious, and was initially ordered to pay a penalty of $99,000. The penalty was later reduced to $36,000, according to OSHA records. . . .
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Alexander Higgins – Shock: Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades
(Truthstream Media) Unearthed articles from the 1960s detail how nuclear waste was buried beneath the Earth’s surface by Halliburton & Co. for decades as a means of disposing the by-products of post-World War II atomic energy production.
Corrupt judge continues to abuse Bayou Corne residents –
Louisiana Record (May 8) – Judge Zainey disregards Bayou Corne class complaints, grants class counsel $12 million in legal fees; Residents consider asking Bar for reprimand
“NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge overseeing the Bayou Corne sinkhole case has approved $12 million in legal fees, just weeks after the plaintiffs said their lawyers “mistreated and manipulated” them into accepting a subpar settlement. . . “
The Finger Lakes region in west New York has a collapsing cavern problem too –
The Daily Beast – Exclusive: Anti-Fracking Filmmaker Josh Fox Arrested In Finger Lakes Protest
” . . . Cark claims there are structural issues. In the 1960s, a 400,000-ton hunk of rock fell from one of the ceilings, and now rests on the floor of the cavern, leaving behind a potentially unstable irregular hole the size of a football field. And while salt caverns are nearly impervious to gas, when you have irregularities, they can cause leaks, or, worse, collapse.”
LINK – http://youtu.be/uFIX-vDwSwQ
” . . . Along with 210 million gallons of crude oil that leaked from BP’s failed deep-sea well, cleanup workers applied 1.84 million gallons of chemical dispersant intended to break down the oil and prevent it from reaching the shoreline in massive quantities.
Since the spill, numerous studies have suggested that the mix of oil and chemical dispersants was more toxic to at least parts of the marine ecosystem than the oil alone. . . “
. . . that would be corexit . . .
Harold Hamm, the CEO of oil company Continental Resources, tried to get scientists at the University of Oklahoma fired after the presented research that increased seismic activity in the Midwest is linked to wastewater disposal from fracking . . .
“. . . They conclude the system has weakened to its lowest level in 1,100 years, perhaps due to an influx of freshwater from Greenland’s melting ice sheet.” < Don’t look at Corexit! Don’t look at Corexit! Perhaps due to an influx of Corexit!
“global warming may already be slowing down the Gulf Stream system ” — how about BP may already be slowing down the Gulf Stream system!
New York Times – Gov. Jindal’s Implosion
“Jindal has made a mess of Louisiana and wrecked his reputation in the process. His odds of becoming president of the United States have shrunk to nil.”
OK and S. Kansas having a frack-quake swarm. RSOE screen shot –
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Arctic Methane Emergency: Methane released by the Gigaton! (billions of tons)
LINK – http://youtu.be/8F9ed5E54s4
We have to wait until sunset to check seismic activity as they have started the work trucks or drilling at Bayou Corne. Meanwhile, here are some Chex-Mix items we found of general interest –
The Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries has a permit for seismic ‘exploration’.
A lot of B.P. oil fund news and Gulf coast ecology items are at this Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration website. < Added this RSS feed to the sidebar
This 2012 news item about the RESTORE (refill B.P.’s pockets) Act has this interesting bit on Corexit –
[snip] . . . “The region still faces much uncertainty two years after the spill. We still don’t fully understand how the volatile cocktail of 206 million gallons of crude oil and 1.8 million gallons of the oil dispersant Corexit that were dumped into the water will affect commercial and recreational fisheries, or juvenile fish development. But signs are already less than encouraging. Shrimp harvests are down, and many with no eyes are turning up in nets. Fishermen are landing red snapper and more than 20 other species covered in lesions. Dolphins are stranding themselves on beaches in unprecedented numbers. Oyster beds have been decimated and harvests remain well below average.
The Gulf is also a key spawning ground for bluefin tuna, among the highest-value and most-overfished species in the ocean. While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates as much as 20 percent of the 2010 spawn was killed by the oil spill, the agency predicts the loss will only translate to a 4 percent reduction in “future spawning biomass”—the population of fish that grow to reach reproductive maturity.
Scientists don’t expect this blip will cause major hardship for the long-term viability of the species, but it doesn’t mean bluefin or any other species should be considered safe from the oil’s effects. We likely won’t have conclusive evidence of the full extent of the spill’s damage for years. Following the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska, for instance, the region’s previously productive herring fishery suddenly collapsed four years after the spill occurred, and it has yet to recover. Many signs point to Exxon’s oil as a cause of that delayed reaction.”
A 2012 RAND study on how much it will cost Louisiana to protect itself from hurricanes.
Lots and lots on structural failures in New Orleans during Katrina – New Orleans Times-Picaune (April) –
[snip] ” . . . . Industrial Canal lock-widening work did not contribute to the failure of floodwalls bordering the Lower 9th Ward during Hurricane Katrina, a federal judge ruled Friday. In what he said is likely his last ruling involving Katrina levee and floodwall failures, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval lambasted the Army Corps of Engineers for engineering decisions he says were responsible for those failures, as well as the legal process that has granted the corps immunity from paying for the billions of dollars in damages caused by the flooding.
“I feel obligated to note that the bureaucratic behemoth that is the Army Corps of Engineers is virtually unaccountable to the citizens it protects despite the Federal Tort Claims Act,” the federal law governing damage claims, Duval wrote in the conclusion to his opinion. “The public will very possibly be more jeopardized by a lack of accountability than a rare judgment granting relief. The untold billions of dollars of damage incurred by the greater New Orleans area as a result of the levee failures during Katrina speak eloquently to that point.””
Louisiana Bucket Brigade on ExxonMobil – Our Toxic Neighbors
By John Upton
It’s looking like a neighborhood in Assumption Parish, La., has been permanently wiped out by a sloppy salt-mining company.
A sinkhole in the area has grown to 15 acres since an old salt mine that was emptied to supply the local petrochemical industry with brine began collapsing in August. Hundreds of neighbors were long ago evacuated, and many of them are now accepting that they will never return to their homes.
The sinkhole isn’t just endangering homes, it is also burping out oil, natural gas, and debris, shaking the area so powerfully that seismic equipment is being used to monitor the site. And brine from the sinkhole is in danger of contaminating local waterways. . . .
Catching up on the buy-out news –
From Insurance Journal –
We are stuck by the fact that with all that has gone on at the slurry pit-to-sinkhole-to-lake at Bayou Corne since Aug. 15th Crosstex has never updated their ‘worst case scenario‘ report. And the Conservation Dept. has never told them to do it.