Conservation efforts reversing groundwater depletion

“Louisiana has a rosier future concerning fresh water supplies, thanks in part to local efforts to conserve and reduce the strain on the Sparta aquifer.

National data compiled by USA Today show pockets of groundwater depletion across the United States, and Louisiana has its share of depletion over the last 20 years. Throughout the state, northeastern Louisiana had some of the heaviest depletion, centered in Lincoln, Ouachita and Union parishes.”

Strange Sounds – A series of 5 quakes rattles Dallas and Irving in December 2015 – And fracking is probably responsible

Nov. 25 – S.E. Missouri – New Madrid County shaken by 12 earthquakes in less than 24 hours… OMG

Dec. 14 – Mary Greeley: Roll The Dice – Lewisville [Texas] insists no ‘immediate or imminent threat of dam failure



Jury awards $750K in damages from state to environmental whistleblower

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Years ago, a state contractor exposed alleged corruption, then watched one business door after another suddenly close. A court ruling Monday said he was wronged.

It took five years to build a case, but a jury said Dan Collins is owed more than half a million dollars in damages he said were inflicted when he blew the whistle on a state-funded project that he believed violated laws.

It was in 2005 that the Department of Natural Resources dredged Bayou Pastillion in Iberia Parish as a part of the Atchafalaya Basin Project. The goal was to improve water quality for fishermen by removing sediment build up at the mouth of the bayou. . . .

ooooooooo! New details emerge over search warrant executed at DEQ building
(it’s just over recycled tires, not the sinkhole)

The Atlantic Ocean circulation may already be slowing down. That’s not good.


Fluid Started Moving Sat. Night at Lake FUBAR + Weekend News


Helicorders – There was a big ding Friday night at 8:45 p.m. then it calmed down. It kicked up again a little starting at 5 a.m. Saturday.

Then Saturday some grumbles and pauses then …



It might be an interesting weekend!

heli_buttonThere was a big 6.6 quake at 5 p.m. CST over in Micronesia … but it was 3 hours before the fluid movement in Lake FUBAR. So it is of local origin. Oddity: The fluid movement kept going for OVER AND HOUR(!!). See LA12 chart. And note scary spikes after 11 p.m..

A lot of info on flesh-eating bacteria in shallow water around Florida – Vibrio not flesh-eating bacteria, DOH says


MORE FLUID MOVEMENT at 12:30 a.m..

LA12 shows it.  Then again at 4:45 a.m. and the fulid sloshed even longer – for over a half hour. There were low grumbles at 11 p.m. … then 3 big dings after midnight:


We are still waiting for a newer Crosstex update. They haven’t had one since July 24. But that cannot be blamed on the DNR website person. They have a semi-new update there for Chevron from July 27. So DNR is posting some updates and not others, or else they haven’t gotten the info from Crosstex to post yet.

Relentless 2-Year-Old Sinkhole Still Swallowing the Bayou

Hearing in August on Abandoned Wells

Sent in –   “Today the DNR formally solicited comments for the first of two rule-makings associated with the damning report issued by the state auditor. This report (attached) sharply critiqued the DNR’s oversight of abandoned wells and overall lack of enforcement. Anyone who is concerned about oil and gas in the state should read this very important report.”  The Report


 DNR  Office of Conservation — Engineering-Regulatory Division


Advanced Notice of Rulemaking and Solicitation of Comments on Financial Security for the Plug and Abandonment of Oil and Gas Wells and Determinations of Future Utility (LAC 43:XIX.Subpart 1)

As recommendations of a 2014 Performance Audit the Department of Natural Resources, Office of Conservation is requesting comments on the following enumerated issues regarding Financial Security for the Plug and Abandonment of Oil and Gas Wells and Determinations of Future Utility, LAC 43:XIX.Subpart 1.

Written comments concerning the proposed revisions are due no later than 4:30 p.m., August 20, 2014, and should be submitted to Brent Campbell, Office of Conservation, Engineering-Regulatory Division, P.O. Box 94275 Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9275 or by fax to (225) 242-3663. Persons commenting should reference this document as CON ENG 14-01.

1. Revise current regulations to require that all operators, without exception, provide financial security or some type of financial assurance on newly permitted wells or wells with amended permits.

2. Revise current regulations to increase the amount of financial security to be more reflective of the costs to properly plug and remediate orphaned well sites. In addition, implement a process to periodically review and adjust financial security amounts to ensure they are reflective of the costs to plug and remediate orphan well sites.

3. Revise current regulations to require a specific timeframe for how long an inactive well can remain in future utility status, including how often and under what circumstances extensions will be granted.

4. Revise current regulations to require additional financial security or charging a yearly fee for wells in future utility status because the longer a well is in this status, the higher the likelihood it will be abandoned.

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DNR’s Long, Long List of Orphaned Wells in Louisiana

Check it out here [XLS formal].   FAQ for it.

The column with oil field numbers shows location. Oil Fields number/parish
Orphaned Wells by parish list. Look up Field ID – to get the parish (ID, not name)

Wells near Bayou Corne – MAP

Field No. List with Parish Name

SONRISWells by Field ID (just has a number code instead of the parish name)

Industry info and well counts (from 2000)




SF ChronicleAnswers on link between injection wells and quakes

[internet problem seems fixed for now 🙂 ]


Helicorders grmubling at 5 a.m. – It isn’t workers. July 10 story (we missed) from WAFB – has video. Oh, but they went back to Code 1. Still work doesn’t usually start til about 7 or 8 a.m. at Lake FUBAR.

UPDATE: At 6:49 a.m. CST there was a giant 6.0 quake up in Alaska. It may affect helicorders. At 7:12 LA14 had major fluid movement but not all the helicorders showing that. LA12 had the same starting a few minutes earlier. But LA12 was already grumpy before the Alaska quake.

Real Coastal WarriorsFlesh-eating bacteria in the Gulf, more. BP screwed up all the lifeforms in the Gulf.

The DNR hasn’t put out a subsidence report since January(!). Did they not bother to do one or are they just keeping it secret? And the last bubble site map was from May. It shows lots of sites north of LA70. What’s a “seismic shothole”??

France weighs in on Bayou Corne disasterEnglish translation, original: Quelque chose d’énorme qu’ils ne veulent pas que vous voyez : Update sur le Sinkhole de la Louisiane

Unexplained: Temporary, Ark. helicorders are doing skiing moguls. What the heck??



Dear DNR,

  • Why haven’t you made PHOTOS available of the mess at Bayou Corne in over a year?


  • Why have you stopped the fly over videos? They used to be routinely posted. Now they come out less than monthly even though dramatic berm failures/sinking are happening.


  • Why aren’t you updating the public about the amount of methane at Lake FUBAR?  Other scientists are concerned about it.



Louisiana Sinkhole Spurs Evacuations, Lawsuits and a Resignation

Aug. 22 (sorry, we are playing catch-up!) –

By Susan Buchanan, Huffington Post

After a sinkhole formed in Assumption Parish early this month, hundreds of neighbors fled, lawsuits were filed and Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle resigned. A hole on the edge of a salt dome near Pierre Part, La. — about 80 miles northwest of New Orleans — has grown to 400 feet wide and over 400 feet deep in spots. The salt water or “slurry” within it contains diesel fuel.

Underground salt domes, used to mine brine, salt and sulphur, dot the area. Natural gas pipelines crisscross the region. And because caverns mined for brine are also used to store natural gas, propane and butane, residents are worried about possible fires and explosions. They fear the sinkhole may be radioactive. . . .