On Texas Brine ‘Updates’ & Wed. News

A new “fact sheet” from Texas Brine – they are sticking to the swamp gas story.

The 3 places to find Texas Brine “updates”.  Not where you think they are.
Main update page.  Where they claim they inform the public but has the least information.
Then on the DNR‘s page “All Bayou Corne Updates“,  select “Daily Reports” > selcect “Texas Brine“.
A hidden extra page with some sample data (sometimes and with vague information) is found by going back  to the DNR “All Bayou Corne Updates” page and skipping the useless, never updated “Texas Brine Drilling Operations” page and instead selecting  “Plans and Reports” and you get “Texas Brine Operation Reports” where they often have 2 interesting items; a Daily Report and a letter to  DNR about how in-compliance they are. And those letters are signed by …. Veep, Bruce Martin!  Spinner_AL

So you bookmark THESE 3 pages:       TB1    TB2    TB3

DOOR #1 DOOR #2 DOOR #3

8 p.m. CST –  There is approval for reconsideration of Senator Mills’ SB200.  It will be on the Senate floor again.
Thanks for everyone’s help. We can not give up.

Terrific seismic activity continued overnight and the crews are working in violation of the Code 3 order as evidenced by this LA12 chart. All the charts look like this. Not even bothering with a Droopy dog cartoon.  PuterMan sent this page of charts from May 5 showing dramatic happenings.

>>> MORE PHOTOS!  From Lower Miss. Riverkeepers – May 6th

Baton Rouge has severe weather warning and it has river flood warning:

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT RED RIVER LANDING.
* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 10:00 AM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 51.2 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 48.0 FEET.
* FORECAST…THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE RISING UNTIL CRESTING
AT AROUND 52.0 FEET BY SUNDAY MAY 19TH.
* IMPACT…AT 51.0 FEET…ALL RIVER ISLANDS ALONG THE REACH FROM RED
RIVER LANDING TO BATON ROUGE WILL BE INUNDATED. RECREATIONAL CAMPS
AND RIVER BOTTOM FARM LAND WILL BE UNDER WATER.

Assumption Parish not getting any weather alerts yet.

Wed. News

The AdvocateSinkhole commission tells crowd it needs more data

“This presentation later provoked criticism from some residents who said flatly they did not trust Texas Brine.”

WBRZ – Crack found in levee during routine check < video

SB200 passed the first hurdle today! Thanks, readers who contacted their reps about this important bill!

Senator Mills’ statement about the bill passing and the next phase.

Bill concerning expanding salt cavern at Lake Peigneur clears Senate committee < related – Sheriff: Lake Peigneur Could be Worse than Assumption Sinkhole

Lake Peigneur protection bill advances to Senate

Mills said the company has two caverns in the Jefferson Island salt dome and “each of the facilities is the size of one of the Twin Towers.”

Local paper, The Bayou Journal published  an editorial by Lonny Cavalier that says more than Texas Brine want you to know. Read it before the meeting.

The DNR put out a new Inspection Report that doesn’t mention water level drop. So maybe it all rose back : )

Texas Brine has an update (4-29) with a lot of activity listed. And a compliance letter to DNR to go with it.

The new helicorder outsourcees, Nanometrics (who don’t know how to manage an e-mail account) have a press release about Lake FUBAR – Bayou Corne Sinkhole Monitored with High Performance Seismometers

MORE here later  . . .

Some Mon. News

Louisiana Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh today issued an amended directive to Texas Brine
[They] will be required to use the 3-D seismic survey process to assess the area around the sinkhole and provide the information from that process to the Office of Conservation for analysis by April 21.

Texas Brine, state agree on plan for imaging plan under sinkhole

The Advocate  Letter: Sinkhole problem needs resolving

Down Memory Lane:

 

< Aug. 8, 2012

Weekend News

Saturday

The Advocate (follow up article) – Texas Brine fights fines
Lawsuit: State deadlines didn’t give enough time

By David J. Mitchell

Texas Brine Co. LLC is challenging $160,000 in fines that the Louisiana Office of Conservation levied against the company Dec. 17 for failing to meet state-mandated deadlines in its response to an 8.5-acre sinkhole emergency in northern Assumption Parish, company officials confirmed Friday.

But during the Christmas break, the Houston-based company paid another $100,000 in fines issued Dec. 1 by the state office over similar response delays, a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources said Friday. . . .

http://theadvocate.com/news/ascension/4836209-123/texas-brine-fights-fines

article above says the parish has costs of over half a million dollars so far from the sinkhole (!)

” . . . [Assumption Parish Sheriff] Waguespack said his office had accrued $212,000 in costs through Dec. 16. Boudreaux [director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness]  said the Police Jury had run up nearly $300,000 in costs through Nov. 30.”

Billions for a Levee, Zero for the Sinkhole!

Bayou Buzz – Louisiana Governor Jindal, Bayou Corne Sinkhole and Santa

Ever-so-busy Governor Bobby Jindal, where are you?

For months, political watchers in Louisiana have wondered why Governor Jindal has failed to visit or speak out about a peculiar sinkhole in Bayou Corne which has received national attention for a variety of reasons including the evacuation of over 150 families. . . .

http://www.bayoubuzz.com/buzz/item/217102-louisiana-governor-jindal-bayou-corne-sinkhole-and-santa

  from above:

WHERE ARE YOU BOBBY JINDAL?????
You were elected to be the leader of our State, and in case you forgot, being a leader is an obligation of the office you hold. Need I remind you there is a sinkhole in Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou, which was declared a State of Emergency by your office on August 3rd, where 150 households were forced to evacuate from the area and are living in campers, hotels, rent houses, etc. There are mini earthquakes, methane, benzene and hydrogen sulfide being released into the community. This community has been through hell and back and are still living a nightmare. In my opinion and many others you have completely turned your back on this community, and you have done absolutely nothing helpful to this community. You haven’t even had the decency to come visit the site, do a flyover and meet with residents to show your support and pledge accountability by all parties, Texas Brine and your agencies alike. Your inaction is very upsetting to many people. It is unacceptable and cannot and will not be tolerated. We all understand your aspiration to be president, but what you need to remember is that in the meantime you have a state to run and that is your responsibility, and you have people depending on your leadership. Mr. Jindal, I have asked twice on the news, myself and many others have sent countless emails and letters to your office and to no avail. Seems you are too busy. You simply cannot continue to ignore this disaster and turn your back on a community that is pleading for your help and leadership and you must get personally involved. We await your response, Sir.
To ALL my FB friends please copy and paste this to your wall and maybe just maybe it will get Mr. Jindal’s attention and force him to do what is right by the people that elected him to office.
Thanks, John Achee, Jr

Sunday

Pipeline company, Bridgeline,  with thousands of miles of natural gas pipelines between New Orleans and Texas, has stopped posting their status notifications. They have pipelines through Napoleonville. [ UPDATE, Jan. 16 – They have put their Notices back on line. ]

The big earthquake in Alaska affected the helicorders at the sinkhole. The Parish put out this explanation .

1.5 quake at Ridgely, Tennessee  |   MAP

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MORE here later . . .

Friday News

The AdvocateGas trapped near sinkhole

By David J. Mitchell

An as-yet undetermined amount of natural gas is trapped in the aquifer underneath the Bayou Corne community, state and parish officials have said.

The area has been rattled by earth tremors, has waterways with gas bubbling to the surface, and is in the vicinity of a 4-acre sinkhole south of La. 70 that has grown larger since its emergence Aug. 3. Bayou Corne’s 150 households have been evacuated since the sinkhole appeared just off the edge of the Napoleonville Dome, a 1-mile-by-3-mile underground salt deposit. . . .

. . .  The aquifer under Assumption Parish is not used as its major water source — Bayou Lafourche is — but some parish officials say they are concerned the odorless, colorless gas underground could accumulate unseen to explosive concentrations if left unchecked. . . .

http://theadvocate.com/home/4074852-125/gas-trapped-near-sinkhole

Look at that! The sinkhole sharnk down to just 8 acres in size! 30-50% shrinkage! A miracle! Earth-to-Texas Brine, come in. Buy the home-owners out NOW! Over.

Crosstex has a newish update on the butane cavern (from Dec. 21st)

LOTS OF SEISMIC ACTIVITY TODAY. Scary.

LA10:

LA10_2013_1_4

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE

Texas Brine has a new update . . . and . . . Texas Brine says in this  Injunctive Relief Filing they are working like crazy to assess the situation so they can get the best solution worked out. And they stress they are primarily concerned with public safety. . .  and. . .

The DNR – Texas Brine Feud continues:

The Advocate – Texas Brine balks at order

By David J. Mitchell

Texas Brine Co. LLC has asked state District Court in Baton Rouge to permanently block the Louisiana Office of Conservation’s latest directives compelling new investigations into the underground effects of an evolving, 8.5-acre sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish.

The Houston company challenged in court the underlying emergency and factual basis for the Dec. 7 directives and alleged an administrative hearing should have first been held by Louisiana Conservation Commissioner James Welsh.

Filed Dec. 28 in 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish, the six-page suit asserts the state’s move ignores “more reasonable, scientifically sound and safer methods for accomplishing the goals” identified in Welsh’s order.

The suit disputes the need for the order’s various directives, including the drilling of two 6,000-foot-deep seismic exploratory wells near the sinkhole, which Texas Brine argues could increase the risk of danger to the public and environment. . . .

http://theadvocate.com/home/4829163-125/texas-brine-balks-at-order

Stuart Smith Blog:  That takes nerve! Texas Brine challenges La’s tepid sinkhole response


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Special Note: Thanks to all our readers who send in news tips and info! Great job by all, especially this week when news releases were almost nil!

MORE here later . . . .

A Thought on the New DNR Fine Given to Texas Brine

After these Conservation Dept. (under DNR) announcements there is normally a good write up about it in The Advocate soon after. We’ll keep an eye out. They will probably give more details about this house monitoring etc. Stay tuned!

ENE-NewsState: “Potential danger to human life” due to gas pressures in area of giant sinkhole — Emergency directive issued on weekend — Texas Brine fined $100,000

WAFB – Officials fine Texas Brine $100,000 over sinkhole


Outrage mounts over deep drilling near sinkhole

The Examiner

Public outrage if growing over Louisiana state officials providing a permit for deep oil drilling near the sinkhole that has now commenced near Bruly and normal operation drilling continuing in the salt dome near the sinkhole disaster site.

Louisiana sate officials have issued a permit to Petrodome Operating LLC for deep underground oil drilling only two weeks after the giant sinkhole, methane bubbling and seismic activity led to state of emergency and mandatory evacuations. . . .

http://www.examiner.com/article/outrage-mounts-over-deep-drilling-near-sinkhole

ALSO –

The Advocate

Facilities around sinkhole allowed to continue operations

BRULE ST. MARTIN — Five miles as the crow flies from the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole near La. 1000, Petrodome Operating LLC is drilling for oil deep underground.

Petrodome is backed by an Australian company, Grand Gulf Energy Ltd., that has a trove of proprietary seismic data allowing the company and its partners to plumb strata a few miles off the Napoleonville Dome for oil and gas finds others have not tapped, company news releases and well records show. . . .

http://theadvocate.com/home/4388957-125/failed-cavern-still-producing

You may have read this story here back on Sept. 22 when we reported it.