“Aerial photographs from last week, taken by Julie Dermansky for LEAN, show widespread damage, tank failures and the presence of sheens covering waterbodies throughout the area. Flooding and extreme winds caused by Hurricane Laura create the potential for a variety of hazardous substances to be leaked, spilled, and/or washed into the surrounding environment. Residents working to rebuild and recover should be aware of this potential contamination and take appropriate precautions to protect their health and property. “
PHOTOS: Hurricane Laura Aftermath 9/2/20Aerial photographs of the Lake Charles and Cameron area following Hurricane
” . . . . Trump has stood behind Pruitt up until Thursday, as the latest controversies including trying to get his wife a $200,000-per-year job and having assistants pay for travel expenses. “The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us,” Pruitt said in his resignation letter.”
Mining Awareness is watching heavy weather around the Gulf Coast … and nuke plants that need uninterrupted standard power to operate. If anything happens he will have details.
“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the law when it approved a $43,000 soundproof phone booth last year for the office of embattled Administrator Scott Pruitt….”
“. . . the laws appear to be easy to circumvent because they allow public agencies to route money through third parties – including a public official’s own private firm — removing, in effect, any onus for meaningful disclosure.”
April 9 – Effort to extend time to sue insurance companies for bad faith sidelined by House panel
A Louisiana House committee narrowly defeated Monday legislation that opponents called the Texas Brine Bail Out Act.
On the giant cracks happening in Kenya –
It is because of the SOMALI PLATE. Strange Sounds – Another 2-kilometer crack opens up in Kenya swallowing up crops and farms
Crack #1 – The Watchers – Large crack in East African Rift is evidence of continent splitting in two
Reuters – Exclusive: EPA gives giant refiner a ‘hardship’ waiver from regulation
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency has exempted one of the nation’s largest oil refining companies, Andeavor (ANDV.N), from complying with U.S. biofuels regulations – a waiver historically reserved for tiny operations in danger of going belly up, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
The exemption, which applies to the three smallest of Andeavor’s ten refineries, marks the first evidence of the EPA freeing a highly profitable multi-billion dollar company from the costly mandates of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard. The law requires refiners to blend biofuels such as ethanol into gasoline or purchase credits from those who do such blending.
The decision, which has not been previously reported, raises the question of whether other big and profitable oil firms with small refineries – such as Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM), Chevron Corp (CVX.N) and Phillips 66 (PSX.N) – also have or could receive the waivers, which are granted by the EPA in secret. . . . (more)
On the topic of insurance carried by Texas Brine for damages from their disaster at Bayou Corne we didn’t find anything specific. But we did find something of interest about Texas law and the brine industry insurance/assurance requirements. These documents have lots of interesting info –
From 2007, Texas –
TITLE 30. ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Part 1. TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Chapter 37. FINANCIAL ASSURANCE
Subchapter X. FINANCIAL ASSURANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR BRINE EVAPORATION PITS
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality – Financial Assurance Requirements for Brine Evaporation
Also Texas – this document on underground storage says:
nonhazardous drinking water treatment residuals – DWTR can contain NORM (!!!!) < yeah, radioactive waste, NONhazardous, yep!
The EPA has a page on Hazardous Waste Land Disposal Units (LDUs)
R315. Environmental Quality, Solid and Hazardous Waste.
Rule R315-309. Financial Assurance.
As in effect on October 1, 2013
of interest is E and F –
(e) “Independently audited” means an audit performed by and independent certified public accountant in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.
(f) “Liabilities” means probable future sacrifices of economic benefits arising from present obligations to transfer assets or provide services to other entities in the future as a result of past transactions or events.
We wonder who ever auditied Texas Brine?
“. . . A task force including members of 10 state and federal law enforcement agencies descended on a gold mine in the tiny town of Chicken (pop. 17) last month, in what locals described as a raid.
“Imagine coming up to your diggings, only to see agents swarming over it like ants, wearing full body armor, with jackets that say “POLICE” emblazoned on them, and all packing side arms,” gold miner C.R. Hammond told the Alaska Dispatch. “How would you have felt? You would be wondering, ‘My God, what have I done now?”
A spokesman for the federal Environmental Protection Agency did not deny that agents wore body armor and carried guns, but said it was not a “raid.” < ding dong!!
A reader asks “Maybe it is time for the EPA to find out why the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources continued to issue permits with the problems there were in Grand Bayou in 2003. And why they are continuing to issue permits at the Napoleonville salt dome storage caverns.”
We would sure like this task force to get some men and guns and tanks and descend on Bayou Corne! And surround that DNR drilling permit office with a big paddy wagon!