Gulf Coast drinking water may be impacted by this Texas toxic waste plan

Altair hazardous waste landfill should be closely reviewed

By Phil Wilson LCRA General Manager The Bay City Tribune

” . .. The proposed location of the hazardous waste landfill is within the Chicot Aquifer, which is part of the larger Gulf Coast Aquifer. The Chicot Aquifer is used as a potential source of water for drinking water, livestock and irrigation purposes. There is a real potential for a possible hydraulic connection between the shallow aquifer at the proposed landfill site and the Colorado River. “

http://baycitytribune.com/community/article_e2502d0c-2962-11e8-b472-bf26cabe21e7.html

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Save Lake Peigneur says Save the Aquifer!

Take steps to protect La.’s Chicot Aquifer

Save Lake Peigneur Inc. has been asking for support from Louisiana legislators for eight years.   About Lake Peigneur

  Our request has been in reference to protecting the drinking water, which supplies 15 parishes, or an estimated 1,126,173 Louisiana citizens, as well as protection for the schools, 4,000 residents, town and environment surrounding Lake Peigneur. . . .

Contact your rep.:
Let your voice be heard this legislative session: LouisianaVoice’s handy dandy legislative guide

Friday News, A Seismo Symphony

LTG Russel L. Honoré has a few things to say about Fracking Waste Water Disposal In Louisiana. Twitter people see
# GreenARMY

WBRZ – Sinkhole getting national attention [from Newsweek]  frackturedfairytale

Texas Brine put out a fact-sheet Dec. 19 saying all the air and bubble sites etc. are perfectly healthy  to breath. That must be why Louisiana is known as ‘good health alley’!

LINK –  http://youtu.be/oa-GIU9qaTE

Here is LA12 today from Quake Watch, showing the spikes in full (without graph cropping like U. of Memphis chart).

After Midnight . . .

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Elevator going down???

NOON (CST) – Many helicorders out/stopped. In the afternoon LA14 looked like this –

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Other Conversations:

Godlike Productions‘ forum readers have been talking about Lake FUBAR this week. This post has interesting Matt Simmons info. And this forum has great photos and links about undersea faults etc. And we see You Tube channel, RearNakedSmoke1 has uploaded a ton of archival videos. Great Dreams’ blog has an interesting page about Lake FUBAR so far.

Tattoo’s idea about BP:

LINK –  http://youtu.be/GsviIELSn2w

Preserve the Chicot Aquifer for safe drinking water petition

Seismic symphony continues into Saturday . . . (UPDATE: Still going on TUESDAY!)

We updated an old post “Oil & Gas Lobby Doing a Jig” about the party state officials went to hosted by the Oil & Gas Association with info from Tulane Law School.

Meanwhile, Back at Lake Peigneur . . .

Reasons why Jefferson Island Storage & Hub should not be issued anymore permits to expand or add 2 caverns to their natural gas salt dome storage caverns under Lake Peigneur

1. No Environmental Impact Statement, Federal standards done About Lake Peigneur

2. Bubbling in Lake Peigneur, cause unknown

3. No seismic studies done

4. Chicot aquifer, fresh water supply for 15 parishes

Water-level decline in the Chicot aquifer system during the period 1995-2005, based on data from the USGS/DOTD water-level network.

Eugene Owen, of BR, Director & Chairman of Utility Holdings Inc., holding company for BR Water Co., Parish Water Co., Inc., Ascension Water Co. and LAWCO, New Iberia, stated that over 8 years ago because of contamination problems, wells had to be moved, costing millions. Increased withdrawal from the Chicot Aquifer by AGL’s (JISH) proposed well-pumping would significantly accelerate the rate of potential contaminates, arsenic. http://senate.legis.state.la.us/Environment/archives/2011/video.htm

Steve Langlinais, engineer, Vermilion Parish, states a hydrologist claims that this could lower the withdrawal level in the Chicot aquifer as much as 17 to 75 feet. The Chicot aquifer has not recovered from the 1994 water withdrawal from the first two natural gas salt dome caverns and one concern would be more salt water intrusion.
Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC 2009 OPERATING AGREEMENT with Louisiana

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

5. Already one horrific disaster there in 1980 < video

One community, Bayou Corne, has been destroyed from negligence and apathy. Louisiana’s Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Environmental Quality (DEQ), ignored explicit warnings of potential problems at that site. It is time for the State of Louisiana to do their job and protect the citizens of Louisiana and their property.

Report Back from the BIG MEETING July 3 with Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré – DNR Responds

BAYOU CORNE, LA — The Assumption Parish Pierre Part library was the meeting place of a support group of the residents of Bayou Corne. Some people from Save Lake Peigneur group and I were invited to the meeting by  Bayou Corne resident Mike Schaff.  Mike officiated the meeting.
There to help assist them was Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré

Lake General Honore uniform

The people in Bayou Corne are praying that General Honoré will be able to help. General Honore spoke of human rights, and how our country was set up. He stated that the most powerful thing people have is public notification.  The people have the opportunity to tell the nation, state, that we have a problem; he stated that bad news does not get better with age. General Honoré stated that “We have an environmental and human disaster here”.  “You have the right to be heard” he explained.

Mike Schaff asked Nara Crowley of Save Lake Peigneur to speak of their fight of 8 years to stop any more salt dome caverns being leached out for natural gas storage. She stated that there is already bubbling in the lake, the cause is not known. AGL Resources could put 20 more caverns under the lake, without approval once this permit is issued.  The Chicot aquifer, aquifer for 15 parishes, has never recovered from the first salt dome leaching. AGL Resources has stated on their JISH web site, that they will use 5 million gallons a day to leach out 2 more caverns.

The Bayou Corne Blue Ribbon Committee member reported that there is H2S gas under some house slabs. He also stated that at one time Texas Brine wanted to stop monitoring. There is also natural gas in their aquifer. Some residents spoke of persons who are monitoring the air are riding down the street using equipment with their vehicle windows closed and thought they would not get a correct reading.

Emotions were high.  There were people crying as they spoke of their problems, and I cried with them.  One lady, whose husband has Parkinson’s, who evacuated needs to borrow money to get another house.  Two mortgage companies denied her and another said Texas Brine would have to sign a letter stating that they are going to continue to pay her for 3 years.  One may think that getting $875 a week is enough, but people still have to pay their mortgage on the home they are not living in, plus another place to live.

Some of the community is being divided by frustrations.  Next month, August, it will be one year and the sinkhole continues to expand. People spoke of their insurance companies dropping them.
How long will Texas Brine Co LLC a Limited Liability Company (Non-Louisiana) continue to pay for destroying these people’s lives?  Texas Brine’s three insurance companies have caps. The state of Louisiana has billed Texas Brine Co. which it blames for the massive sinkhole,   $3.5 million dollars. Texas Brine is fighting these fines, a tally of state response efforts to the sinkhole from six different agencies.  And now there are talks of closing Hwy 70.  To see how close to the sinkhole, watch this video taken by a resident of Bayou Corne. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABqdY7SZm1U

What will the cost be to taxpayers to reroute Hwy 70?  Already the parish is losing money.  Texas Brine will not have the money to pay the state for a new highway.

You, the taxpayers of Louisiana, will pay for this disaster!

Texas Brine Co. is being sued by other companies for forcing the permanent closure of their gas pipelines.

Wilma Subra, Subra Company, was there to help these people to understand their exposure and health effects.

Texas Brine and the Department of Environmental Quality are monitoring levels of natural gas that is floating in the aquifer and other levels of gas. Wilma stated that there had been no readings since last Friday, and did not know what is going on. Wilma said that there times when the equipment had not been setup to monitor smelly odors.

The late Mel Leavitt’s, WDSU New Orleans,  daughter, came from New Orleans to offer her help.  She was much appreciated.

At the end of the meeting on the ride back to Iberia/Vermilion parish I thought how terrible these people have been treated.  Our own Governor Jindal did not even to bother to visit Bayou Corne for 7 months.  HB493 and HB494 have been passed, but it is too late to help Bayou Corne residents. Where is the EPA?  Are the people who work for DNR, DEQ, EPA, just following their job duties?   The laws that might protect people’s lives and property that live in these areas are written and passed by our senators and representatives.  SB200 by Senator Mills to protect the lives and property of the people that live around Lake Peigneur was defeated by 2 votes in the Senate. All SB200  had was a 5 year moratorium for expansion, until studies could be done to find the cause of the bubbling and for an Environmental Impact Statement.

PHOTOS:

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The Advocate reports on it with some shameful lies by Patrick Courreges at DNR –

LIES! LIES! LIES!

“. . . . Courreges said a variety of state and federal agencies are involved in the response, including EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. He said they are working in a coordinated response and keeping people informed.

A community meeting, for example, is planned July 16 while websites are maintained with reports on the incident, legislative hearings have been held and the Office of Conservation has responded to more than 200 direct emails. . . . “

story – Honoré: Feds need to get more involved in sinkhole emergency

LINK –  http://youtu.be/A5RqVz0ljcg

LINK –  http://youtu.be/hJXy4Svc5gg

Some related PHOTOS by the videographer, Julie Dermansky. And a great article too. About Lake Peigneur

short link –  http://wp.me/p2GNDM-2SW

More on ALG Resources Designs on Lake Peigeur

 AGL Resources has been attempting to expand their Jefferson Island Storage & Hub natural gas salt dome caverns.  AGL’s information about Jefferson Island Storage & Hub’s expansion  is on their web site.  It was copied from the web site on Oct 26, 2012.  http://www.aglresources.com/about/jish_qa.aspx  About Lake Peigneur

From the website (blue) and comments (pink) sent to us –

Jefferson Island Storage and Hub Q & A

What is Jefferson Island Storage & Hub?
Jefferson Island Storage & Hub (JISH) is a salt dome natural gas storage facility owned by AGL Resources and located near Erath, Louisiana (Vermilion and Iberia parishes). At JISH, currently two underground salt caverns are used to store natural gas before it is put into pipelines and sent to residential and commercial customers throughout the state and country.

JISH has filed applications for permits for the expansion with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to perform dredging operations at Lake Peigneur. Filed with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources to drill two new brine extraction caverns in Lake Peigneur; three brine disposal wells on the existing JISH property, as well as permits for fresh water wells. JISH has also submitted permit applications with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources to construct and operate pipelines from the plant to the new wells.

What does JISH want to do?
AGL Resources has applied for permits to expand the JISH storage space by adding two more caverns.

Why does JISH need new caverns?
The abrupt escalation of fossil fuel prices after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the instability of the Middle East emphasized the importance of reliable supplies of natural gas and oil in the United States. It was decided to expand JISH to ensure that AGL Resources always has abundant supplies of natural gas to meet its customers’ needs in a timely manner.

AGL Resources serves customers in Virginia, New Jersey, Tennessee, Maryland, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Florida and New York.

http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_741745.html#ixzz2XjSMm4bc 

Some companies that control America’s natural gas are pushing for government approval to export gas overseas for higher profits on the international market, a move that will significantly drive up prices in the United States because this nation still imports more than 10 percent of its domestic needs.

Among the biggest expected customers for American gas exports: energy-thirsty China, other Asian nations, Europe, Caribbean and Bahamas

http://www.iberianet.com/news/agl-sol-still-at-odds/article_ab837f50-5ddb-5a7a-9c51-9105917fd9eb.htm

The company will not commit to storing only natural gas in the caverns, as the operating agreement allows for the storage of other resources including carbon dioxide and oil.

The company chose Jefferson Island because of the location’s potential for expansion. Company representatives could not promise that no additional caverns would be built after this project.

ALGplan

How will JISH create the new caverns?
JISH will use salt extraction to carve out caverns 1,500 feet below the lake bottom. Salt caverns are formed by injecting a water stream down a well bore in order to “wash” a cavity in a thick deposit of salt. The wall of the completed cavern is insoluble and impervious to leakages.

Where will the water come from for the process?
Water from the Chicot Aquifer will be used to create the new caverns. An independent engineering firm, URS Corporation of Baton Rouge, La., performed an analysis of the impact of the process on the Chicot Aquifer that confirmed that the Chicot has an abundant supply of water that will not be compromised by AGL Resources’ withdrawals. With 29,400 employees, URS Corporation is one of the largest engineering design firms worldwide and a leading U.S. federal government contractor (www.urscorp.com).

http://savethewater.org/tag/chicot-aquifer/

AGL Resources will use 5.18 million gallons a day…  from the Chicot Aquifer.  million gallons of water a day for at least 2 years to expand the two caverns.  Plus any additional caverns built.  The salt water will then be pumped into underground wells never to be used again, unlike farmers pumping well water.

Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC 2009 OPERATING AGREEMENT with Louisiana

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,

Water-level declined in the Chicot aquifer system during the period 1995-2005, based on data from the USGS/DOTD water-level network.

The USGS has not conducted any studies that were specially designed to assess the effects of groundwater withdrawals at Jefferson Island Storage & Hub.

How much water will the process use?
Approximately 800 millions of water is pumped out of the Chicot Aquifer daily by numerous commercial and non-commercial users. AGL Resources will use 5.18 million gallons a day, approximately 0.6 to 2 percent of its historical usage. The geo-hydraulic study by URS determined that withdrawals by AGL Resources will not adversely impact the water levels in the aquifer nor increase the odds of naturally occurring saltwater upwelling into the freshwater zone. In other words, the quality and the availability of water from the Chicot Aquifer will not be affected by JISH construction.

Eugene Owen, of Baton Rouge, Director BR Water Co.,  Parish Water  Co.,  Inc.,  Ascension  Water  Co. and LAWCO, New Iberia,  stated…. Increased withdrawal from the Chicot Aquifer by AGL’s (JISH) proposed well-pumping would significantly accelerate the rate of potential contaminates, arsenic. http://senate.legis.state.la.us/Environment/archives/2011/video.htm

What other environmental studies has AGL Resources conducted?
AGL Resources conducted an environmental report similar to a Federal Environmental Impact Statement. In addition, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued a Water Quality Certification as well.

AGL Resources has not conducted an Environmental Impact Statement or Seismic Studies.
One concern voiced by residents is noise. Will more caverns mean more noise?
When the gas is put into the caverns, the injection process uses machines called compressors to insert the gas into the caverns. The current compressors do make noise, but in response to concerns from residents, AGL Resources is retrofitting the compressors with baffling to muffle the noise. Technology has improved, so the compressors for the new caverns will operate more quietly.

Feb 1, 2008

Following a power outage residents said they heard deafening noises from the plant and natural gas being released.

AGL spokesman Jack Holt confirmed that some gas was released from the plant Tuesday night following the power outage, but that it was in accordance with safety procedures and posed no hazard to the area.

“The release was a result of the reduction of air pressure in our plant control systems,” Holt said. “Air pressure holds the safety valves in the normal closed position to prevent gas from releasing. When the air pressure reaches a low point, the valves move into another position, as designed, resulting in a release in gas.”

http://www.topix.net/forum/city/abbeville-la/TE0R3592SD65GUD1A

Residents are also concerned about safety.
Salt domes have been used in the United States for about 60 years to store natural gas. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, salt caverns storage is safer relative to other storage methods. There have been no incidences of fire, leaks or explosion in caverns developed solely for natural gas storage. In addition, JISH has operated without incident since the existing caverns were first developed in 1994.

First permit application submitted had 15 pages of   deficiencies resulting in AGL Resources hiring a firm to write a revised permit application.

TKE Engineering, JISH’s engineering co. was also the engineer for sparsely populated area Moss Bluff, TX natural gas salt dome caverns engineer company, completed in 2002 and had 2 explosions in 2004, AGL Resources, Richard Hyde, Managing Director, was working for Duke Energy, operator, at the time.

http://www.chron.com/business/energy/article/Explosion-rocks-gas-storage-facility-in-Liberty-1557248.php  

http://www.tke-engineering.com/proj2.htm l http://pivotalenergydev.com/About-Us/Management-Team/Richard-Hyde.aspx

http://savethewater.org/tag/usa-water-news/

LINK –  http://youtu.be/lmh2Ydm2dW4

More on Lake Peigneur Foe, AGL Resources

This is why AGL Resources is fighting so hard to expand, because they plan to export natural gas to China from the Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, which is still considered Intrastate and Interstate. Another reason to risk safety and use of the Chicot aquifer. Yes it means lots of jobs to people in China!! Only 10 people work at Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC.

China, the world’s largest energy consumer, has two cross-country gas pipelines that carry gas imports across the nation. It is building a third.

The government wants to secure around 30 percent of China’s natural gas consumption from imports, up from just 6 percent in 2007.

Pipeline explosion halts gas supplies to southern China: Xinhua
BEIJING | Sun May 26, 2013 1:50am EDT

(Reuters) – A section of a cross-country gas pipeline in China exploded on Sunday, injuring at least two people and halting gas supplies, local media said.

 
The second west-east natural gas pipeline, which transports gas from central Asia to south China, exploded in an industrial zone in China’s southeastern province of Jiangxi, state news agency Xinhua said.
 
The pipeline has a capacity to transport 30 billion cubic meters of gas a year.
 
Energy released from the explosion knocked over people hundreds of meters away, Xinhua said, without detailing the length of the exploded pipeline. The government is investigating the cause of the explosion, the agency said.
 
China, the world’s largest energy consumer, has two cross-country gas pipelines that carry gas imports across the nation. It is building a third.
 
The government wants to secure around 30 percent of China’s natural gas consumption from imports, up from just 6 percent in 2007.
(Reporting by Koh Gui Qing; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

TKE Engineering, AGL’s Jefferson Island Storage & Hub’s engineering co. engineer for sparsely populated area Moss Bluff, TX natural gas salt dome caverns, completed in 2002 and had 2 explosions in 2004, AGL ResourcesRichard Hyde was working for Duke Energy, operator, at the time.
2004 story: Explosion rocks gas storage facility in Liberty County

MOSS BLUFF – A voluntary evacuation order was lifted hours after natural gas from an underground storage cavern exploded near the Liberty-Chambers county line Thursday morning, sending flames 150 to 200 feet into the air and waking nearby residents. . . . “

About Lake Peigneur

” . . . One of the better-known accidents involving a storage facility happened in 1992 near Brenham, where a natural gas liquids storage cavern was overfilled, allowing the formation of a gas vapor cloud that was ignited by a spark.
Three people died as a result of the explosion.”

“The root cause of the explosion was due to internal corrosion in a pipe at the facility. . . said company welder that worked on rebuilding the facility”.informed source

A lot of industry information here:

What Lies Beneath
In August the small Texas community of Moss Bluff made national news when nearly 6 billion cubic feet of natural gas burned for six days as it escaped from an underground salt dome storage facility.

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