Weekend News


Something sloshed at 2:30 Saturday –

LA12 shows it.

Maybe it was this big 5.9 Mexico quake. It is on the Pacific side.

We haven’t had anything recently about The Shaw Group (aka CB&I ) lately. Here’s something – They are Fukushima contractors –
[VID ]   LINK –  http://youtu.be/14M4oWTFR8s

Aug. 27 – Trial Lawyer Group – Louisiana residents receive $48 million in class action settlement after they were forced to evacuate homes due to salt dome mine sinkhole

This Florida sinkhole news story has interesting video that shows aerial survey over Bayou Corne (first video in the set).

Aug. 29 – Growing Chinese appetite ignites U.S. methanol renaissance

” . . .  Louisiana will soon become home to two Methanex units, capable of producing 1 million metric tons of methanol each per year. The units are being taken apart apart in Chile and moved to Louisiana, where they will be reassembled and re-started. One is slated to come online at the end of this year while another should start operations in 2016, Nash said.
LyondellBasell in January said it restarted a Gulf Coast methanol plant, which had been shut down a decade earlier because natural gas prices were too high. Now that gas prices have fallen again, LyondellBasell jumped at the opportunity to add new capacity at a much lower price than building a new plant, company officials said.
The plant, capable of producing 780,000 tons of methanol per year, added 24 new jobs to the company’s complex in Channelview. . . . ”   (Maybe this price info explains why Crosstex keeps adding butane to their cavern. )

USA seems to be rushing to dig its own grave in these help-China deals – FC


2.4 quake in Texas, near Dallas just before 6 a.m. CST.

After midnight –  DNR has a chance to demonstrate they are indeed monitoring Bayou Corne by fixing the surface LA1o helicorder that konked out Friday afternoon. If they leave it broken/disconnected today (day 4 of outage) we’ll all know their compliance with the Emergency Declaration from “who cares?” Jindal is bunk.

Tuesday News – hardly any

From Real Coastal Warriors : Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

“…Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.”

WIPP town meeting (looks like a bosses’ meeting) live stream #1. The rest of it.

The Watchers – Red tide kills thousands of fish in Gulf of Mexico, poses a greater health threat

The helicorders at Lake FUBAR were pretty quiet until noon then they started up and then sputtered. LA18 shows it.

The AdvocateJudge tells sinkhole lawyers to settle taxpayers’ claims

The state district judge presiding over year-old lawsuits seeking reimbursement of state and parish costs from the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole urged Texas Brine Co. and its insurers Monday to turn their attention away from internal battles over coverage and focus on settling the primary legal claims seeking to recover taxpayer dollars.

Judge Guy Holdridge, of the 23rd Judicial District, told a courtroom of more than two dozen lawyers from Texas Brine Co., its insurers, and state and Assumption Parish government that he has dealt with similar cases in the past involving multiple insurers and millions of dollars in claims and that the sheriff’s and Police Jury’s claims, in particular, are worth just several hundred thousand dollars each.

“My frustration is why are we working and kneading me up as a judge over these small claims, and I’m having to deal with 1,000 New Orleans lawyers. I don’t know why we are doing this,” Holdridge said at the Assumption Parish Courthouse in Napoleonville. . . .

There has been fewer posts here than usual because news from Bayou Corne has slowed to a trickle …

There’s been almost no updates posted lately from DNR.


DEQ has a new situation update Aug. 3 but they don’t report any stats. They just say everything’s fine. They have a water quality report for 7-29. They have a July air sample report.

The  Texas Brine Action Plan was pretty recent, Aug. 3. Oxy has one too for Aug. 3. So does KDS Promix, DOW, Arcadian GasChevron and Crosstex. Chevron is reducing inventory and slowing down. They don’t say it is due to instability but we doubt it is a reduction to greed that prompts them! Arcadian is idle too.

Texas Brine’s Action Plan uses an incredibly old photo of Lake FUBAR. We wonder how they can plan anything without a current picture or map.

The last Texas Brine drilling report was for 2012 just after the collapse. They say they closed Oxy 3 with a master valve so maybe they didn’t do any more drilling and that was the last report.

TUESDAY – Isaac Updates

[2 a.m. - EST]

[snip] . . . . In Assumption Parish, state and parish agencies monitoring a large sinkhole left the site with their equipment, but plan to return after the storm, parish officials said Monday.

Also, drillers employed by Texas Brine Co. LLC of Houston suspended work on an observational well being bored into a company salt cavern that is suspected as a cause of the sinkhole.

The rig’s 140-foot-tall drilling derrick was laid down Monday, said Sonny Cranch, Texas Brine spokesman. All drillers and other Texas Brine employees and contractors were expected to be gone by the end of the day Monday.

John Boudreaux, director of Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said oil retardant boom holding back diesel on the sinkhole’s surface, which had been damaged earlier this month, was replaced last week.

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources officials think the salt cavern may have failed and caused the sinkhole, which was found between the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou areas on Aug. 3.


Jindal to skip convention

[9:15 a.m. - EST]

The president will speak about the hurricane at 10 a.m. – CNN

Some Louisiana updates and  news is available at the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness : http://gohsep.la.gov/

 (They claim the recent big fishkill was because of tropical storm Isaac, not by leaking gas or radioactive sludge.)

Obama declares emergency in Louisiana – “Jindal, a Republican, shot back late Monday in a letter to the Obama administration that the declaration fell short of the help he was requesting.”

Isaac’s track shifts farther west, puts Baton Rouge on east side – article has LIVE CAM vids of Baton Rouge area

[noon - EST]

The address on Isaac by the president (CBS)

Sinkhole area: Assumption Parish: Mandatory Evacuation, Curfew, Alcohol Sales Ban

[2.p.m. - EST]

Hurrican Center:



[7 p.m. - EST]

Frequent storm, hurricane position updates will be available from the National Hurricane Center. Use that site for storm tracking and warnings. The RSS feed from them will get added to our sidebar.

WAFB – Hurricane Isaac nears the mouth of the Mississippi River

Due to storm chaos: weekly housing assistance checks for residents evacuated due to a large sinkhole in Assumption Parish will not be distributed Thursday in Pierre Part as previously scheduled.
. . . .“Our intent is to reschedule the distribution to Friday, Aug. 31, but we have not yet been able to confirm a venue,” company officials said in a news release.
Once a venue is confirmed, parish officials will be notified, the company said.

 Added to our MAPS page, the Assumption Parish Flood Risk maps. Our MAPS page is on the sidebar.


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