News (old and new)


Huge fluid movement at Lake FUBAR for over 2 hours starting at 2:30 A.M. – LA12 shows it. It might be this New Guinea 7.2 quakeOR – more likely, this 4.0 quake near Dallas, Texas. MAP

Inst. of Southern Studies Looting Louisiana: How the Jindal administration is helping Big Oil rip off a cash-strapped state

Video – Weeping Willow calls up DNR –

Texas: From Fracking Boom to Water Revolution


May 3 –


NEW MADRID FAULT blog item from 2013

A bunch of stuff from 2013<- includes BP and Texas Brine

A lot of misc. items on all subjects




We found this item on South American lithium and brine and wondered if Texas Brine had an interest in the lithium craze (auto batteries) going on now. We didn’t see Louisiana on the list. Or here. Not that they can’t keep a secret.



Sunday – Anything Can Happen Day!

We give up. We don’t have any idea what this wacky graph means (from LA12 today).

AND . . .  Monday there was a lot of fluid movement at 3 p.m..

In case it matters – there’s a ton of pretty big quakes lately down in Ecuador.

Energy Department: U.S. must act now on methane emissions

WASHINGTON — The United States can’t afford to wait until it understands the amount of methane escaping from oil and gas wells, pipelines and infrastructure before plugging those leaks, officials said Monday.

“We know enough to act,” said Judi Greenwald, a deputy director for climate, environment and efficiency at the Energy Department, . . .

. . . . Under a 2012 EPA rule, companies also have until until Jan. 1, 2015 to begin using so-called “green completion” equipment that can pare volatile organic compounds and methane emissions when natural gas wells are hydraulically fractured. The EPA could seek to expand that requirement to oil wells and could impose new requirements for compressors, pneumatic valves and other equipment.

Supreme Court denies Louisiana lawsuits against BP

6M N. Calif. Quake + Weekend News + Methane Seep


Oklahoma Has 20 earthquakes in One Day < frack quakes

A little hiccup after 7:15 a.m. Saturday at Lake FUBAR. Then lots of fluid movement around 6 p.m. … LA12 shows it.

6.4 quake in Chile plus a lot of activity in Iceland. USGS live quake list.

Strange Sounds asks, “Did you  experience rumbling noises and see strange blue light flashes in Mississippi on  August 17” ? Reply to them if you did.

NOTE: Lake Peigneur has begun bubbling again. News and photos about it added to the Thurs. post. [Scroll down]


At 6 A.M. Lake FUBAR shows huge activity on all the monitors. Is it from this shallow 6.0 California quake?

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LA12 shows it –


The Watchers – Strong, shallow and extremely dangerous earthquake M6.0 hit San Francisco Bay Area, California

It knocked out electricity in Napa – LA Times report.

6:21 P.M. CST: Giant 6.9 quake in Peru

The USGS shows one big quake in Peru. RSOE shows three6.8, 7.0, 7.0.

   Thanks to Walter for the tip – 😉

A half hour later the ANF map shows a 5.4 quake at the top of Canada in the NW Territory.
At 68.2358 N, -99.4608 W. But the USGS doesn’t have it.


NY TimesMethane Is Discovered Seeping From Seafloor Off East Coast, Scientists Say

Scientists have discovered methane gas bubbling from the seafloor in an unexpected place: off the East Coast of the United States where the continental shelf meets the deeper Atlantic Ocean.
The methane is emanating from at least 570 locations, called seeps, from near Cape Hatteras, N.C., to the Georges Bank southeast of Nantucket, Mass.  . . .


Friday News


Fluid on the March at 3:30 a.m.  at LA17-02 – (the upper borehole at 17)  and at the bottom borehole at LA10-03.  Very cold overnight too.

All of the helicorders went out a little after 6 p.m. and stayed out for over 20 minutes. Then LA14 shows lots of seismic activity.


New Mexico Salt Dome – Fire prompts evacuation of New Mexico nuclear repository

CARLSBAD, N.M. — Emergency crews are battling a fire in the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico.

Officials say a truck hauling salt caught fire about 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.

According to a press release and a spokeswoman who answered the emergency line, all employees have been evacuated and none of the radioactive waste has been impacted. But a press release says “multiple employees” are being taken to a hospital for potential smoke inhalation. . . .

Mike Schaff: Evacuated Bayou Corne residents want closure

Should allegations that were brought to light in a federal complaint against Texas Brine regarding the sinkhole in Assumption Parish turn out to be true, Texas Brine did not heed the advice of their own consultants who reportedly informed them that they were in danger of penetrating the edge of the Napoleonville Salt Dome by mining below 5,000 feet in that location. This entire tragedy could have been avoided had they done so . .  .

LARGE Fluid Movement at LA11 at 2 A.M. and at 5 A.M. Central Amer. Quake Swarm Update

Just at LA11. . . 

not the other helicorders so something going on there.


At 7 a.m. they started with the big trucks etc. so you can’t see what’s going on. They’ll stop before dark.

UPDATE – 7 p.m. – more fluid movement at LA11 ( the large activity before then is just work trucks etc.). It CONTINUES about every 2 hours into Saturday.


Crosstex has an update (Jan. 16)


Large Central American quakes today –

UPDATE, Jan. 19  –   too many to list



Weekend News


Get set!
At least some crew are at the site working Saturday according to LA14s helicorder.
Monitor locations –


LA10-01 and LA10-02 went offline  just after noon Saturday. Most of the helicorders show FLUID MOVEMENT just after that time. LA17  went offline before midnight.  LA11 went offline at 1 A.M. Sunday.


Vulcan Says Texas Brine Counsel Conflicted In Sinkhole Suit

 Vulcan Materials Co., a third-party defendant in a consolidated class action accusing Texas Brine Co. LLC of causing a potentially dangerous sinkhole, asked a Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday to disqualify Texas Brine’s counsel, saying Kean Miller LLP has served as counsel to Vulcan for decades.

The move comes after U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey granted class certification in May to a group of property owners and residents in the suit accusing Texas Brine and an Occidental Petroleum Corp. unit of causing the multiacre sinkhole that emerged last year in the swamplands of Bayou Corne following the alleged collapse of an underground salt dome cavern excavated by Texas Brine. Judge Zainey found that the plaintiffs, a group from Assumption Parish, La., had shown that the potential class was large enough and had enough in common that they were best served by their claims going forward together.

Vulcan wasn’t an original party to any of the lawsuits, but Texas Brine sued Vulcan as a third-party defendant, seeking contractual indemnification and fault-based contribution. Vulcan now says the disqualification of Texas Brine’s counsel in the proceeding is warranted and necessary, and urges the court to prevent Kean Miller — as well as Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC — from serving as Texas Brine’s counsel. . . .

. . . . The plaintiffs are represented by class counsel Calvin C. Fayard Jr. of Fayard & Honeycutt APC, among others.

Vulcan is represented by Roy C. Cheatwood, Kent A. Lambert, Adam B. Zuckerman and Tyler K. Weidlich of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

Texas Brine is represented by Bradley C. Myers, Glenn M. Farnet, Troy J. Charpentier and Katie D. Bell of Kean Miller LLP.

The lead case is Lisa T. LeBlanc et al. v. Texas Brine Co. LLC et al., case number 2:12-cv-02059, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. . . . (more)

The Advertiser on Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré – ‘Hero of New Orleans’ Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré sets his sights on the environment


Helicorders still jumpy.  LA14