Neighbors of the Fence

The Bitter Southerner

The stretch of the Mississippi River in Louisiana from north Baton Rouge to New Orleans has been plagued with so many industrial accidents and chemical spills that it’s developed an unfortunate nickname: Cancer Alley. Today, journalist David Hanson takes takes us to the Standard Heights neighborhood of Baton Rouge, where the residents and a small army of advocates explain what it’s like to live with house-rattling refinery explosions, salt domes collapsing in barge-eating sinkholes and mysterious flakes falling from the sky.

Story, Photos & Audio by David Hanson

Thurs. News + Big Alaska Quake + Victory for Save Lake Peigneur


Crazy amounts of seismic activity and fluid movement continue at Lake FUBAR. Officials still mum.

Here is LA12 this morning:





The USGS is hiding the big Argentina quake yesterday. Now there is a big 6.2 quake up in Alaska. It is today, but the time in UTC seems all wrong. It is not yet 5 p.m. CST.

Sinkholes Open, Swallow Fortunes in Costly Game of Subterranean Roulette

NOLA Defender Russel Honoré Goes One on One With Al Gore < has video, Bayou Corne mentioned at 7 min. mark


Wed. – Save Lake Peigneur wins its lawsuit  smile2  smile2  smile2

NEW IBERIA – Judge Keith Comeaux of the 16th Judicial District Court based in New Iberia reversed the decision of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) to issue a Coastal Use Permit to Jefferson Island Storage & Hub for its proposal to construct and operate two natural gas storage caverns in the Jefferson Island Salt Dome under Lake Peigneur.
The court agreed with the plaintiffs that the LDNR should not have issued the permit without first finding out that the project would not unreasonably endanger public safety and that the location had foundation conditions sufficiently stable to support the use.

About Lake Peigneur

Further, the court ruled that the LDNR decision violated its Constitutional duty as public trustee of the environment under Article IX, section 1 of the Louisiana Constitution because it did not do an environmental impact analysis of the potential impacts of the project. . . .

A Strum at LA18, Then a Big Twang in the Night & Sun. & Mon. News

A strum on some of the helicorders at 4:40 a.m..  It showed best at LA18. Also on LA12 and LA19 but it didn’t register on the others.  12 & 19 are near the butane caverns.



At 10 P.M. something big happened at Lake FUBAR.

It looked like this (LA18)    LA12tenPM

– but didn’t show on all the helicorders (so it wasn’t caused by a far away earthquake). LA10-03 (bottom borehole) showed activity at 10 p.m.

How things went Saturday at the Water Festival:


Bayou Corne Residents Speak at the Water Festival:



Conservation Dept. is keeping the work status at Code 1 says the parish blogTra-La-La ♫ ♪ ♬

They are piling up extra clay for the new new south berm … or is it for a planned new new south berm?

REMINDER – Big Meeting Tomorrow (Tues.)

A community briefing:
When:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Assumption Parish Community Center, 4910 Hwy 308, Napoleonville


2.6 quake at Lowellville, Ohio
2.6 quake at Lowellville, Ohio near the one above
2.8 quake at Lowellville, Ohio near those

fireradiation  These are near Beaver Valley nuke plant


LA14 Grumbles continue + Monday News

After work (after 6 p.m.) the helicorder at LA14 shows extra big jumps.

Tuesday update really wild at 3 a.m.. The Parish blog says they are keeping the CODE 1 status.


The AdvocateGen. Honore: La. water quality faces big threats

Author John Barry driving motivation for lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies: ‘I want the Louisiana coast to survive’

INDMake them pay
For far too long, the oil and gas industry has been given free reign by our state’s lawmakers to ravage our coastline.

Protect internet freedom:


LA11 Beast Sleepy from Frost?

Maybe it isn’t the freezing temperatures overnight and this morning but LA11 has calmed down. We’re watching this holiday since maybe no one else is!

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6:30 P.M. (CST) UPDATE – Helicorders have the grumpies. Not so calm now.

NBC 33 – Sinkhole saga < tells about the DNR public hearing

WISTV in S. Carolina has an archived news page about Lake FUBAR.

 Some news bits here found on Idaho Picker‘s page, Net-Vibes.

• There was a North Texas 3.6 quake near Ft. Worth just before 2 A.M. CST.

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Lakeview Residents of Lake Peigneur invite you to celebrate “The Beauty of Lake Peigneur” event in collaboration with the Green Army Of Louisiana and Save Lake Peigneur.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
~ Honored Guest LT General Russel Honoré~
Live Music by The Cajun Trio

Acadian Museum Annex
 11607 LA. Hwy 89
Vermilion Parish
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Weekend News with brain-eating amoeba updates

Weather news is below.   (scroll down) News about it will get put there.

Fluid movement at Lake FUBAR at 7 a.m. this morning, CST, local time.

You can see it on the LA14 helicorder. It shows up well on LA10-03 too.  About 6:15 a.m.  LA10-02 had a big sneeze:

Reader, D.H. says the seismic activty may be from a big quake in Mexico. Maybe so.


Louisiana Bucket Brigade – Lt. General Honore Inspires at Rising Tide

“Honore will now call the sinkhole in Bayou Corne the Texas Brine sinkhole for the industrial product-producing company who caused it.”

The Advocate Lawsuit seeks Jindal adviser’s correspondence with oil and gas industry
Activist sues for access to conversations between Jindal aide, energy industry
By Jeff Adelson

A New Orleans environmental activist is suing the state for copies of correspondence she says could shed light on conversations between Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top coastal-protection adviser and the energy industry about a local flood-protection board’s decision to file a massive lawsuit against dozens of oil and gas companies.

The suit comes in the wake of the state’s denial of a public-records request by Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, seeking all correspondence to and from Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman Garret Graves since December. . . .

The Watchers – Violent eruption and series of major pyroclastic flows at Santa Maria, Guatemala


Napoleonville salt dome disaster health adviser, Dr. Raoult Ratard, who gave an early presentation to Assumption Parish residents seems to be in charge of water safety and the brain-eating amoeba(!).

WWLTV – Residents demand answers on brain-eating amoeba at meeting < VIDEO

Found on Real Coastal WarriorsBetter Left Alone: Flesh-eating Bacteria Thrive in Tarballs

(9-22) Another meeting in St. Bernard to address unanswered concerns

(10-9) Precautionary measures to reduce risk of ‘brain eating amoeba’ from the DHH

Weekend News, Honorè is da Man – –

Hurricane Ingrid – Let’s hope it goes west like the forecasts say!

The AdvocateVacuum system alleviates methane buildup


• More videos featuring Ret. General Honorè are here.

Caddo residents reminded of emergency water order
Officials note decline in aquifer levels in recent weeks Caddo is in the NW part of Louisiana on the Texas border . . .  About Caddo Parish map

NOTE: We have been blocked from pertinent Louisiana websites here and think funny business is going on.

LIVE coverage of the Rising Tide event with Gen. Honorè

sent in:

Best quotes from LTG Russel Honorè:

The last time I was in this room, the President of the United States was here.

On the approach of Hurricane Isaac, when it was still a tropical storm, the winds were at 72 mph, 2 mph short of an official hurricane, and I was pushing officials to start calling it a hurricane. If that 2 mph is the difference between someone evacuating or not, it should be called a hurricane, he said.

The storm don’t care what you call it.

What makes the difference in this kind of community is people being willing to fight. I like my amoebas in a petri dish, not in the water supply, my gas in the engine of my car, not washing up on the ground.

Leadership is the art and ability to influence others to willingly follow, — emphasis on the willingly.

To do that, you have to get people to understand not only the tasks to be performed, but also the reasons for them.

This is true of environmental justice. If you let oil to run loose in the Gulf of Mexico, it’ll kill everything in the Gulf.

On Grand Bayou three miles north of Bayou Corne, where the salt dome collapsed. That’s not a third world country — that’s right here.

Bayou Corne, a place to research that is no longer there due to environmental factors.

George Washington’s army was called rebels by the British government. We think we have it hard right now, but people in the past have sacrificed much more.

Washington’s army had nothing. They didn’t have boats — but he points to a painting of Washington crossing the Delaware. Their supply system was based on an old Louisiana custom called ‘TOPS,’ — take other people’s stuff or I could say something else.  

This happened on our soil.  And the army was sick and cold, but what they had to look forward to was freedom promised in a document only six months old at the time, the Declaration of Independence.

And, by the end of the war, 20 percent of the people fighting in the war still weren’t free, because they were slaves.

Our battle today isn’t that hard, he says. If Washington’s army could do it, we can do it.

Every generation’s got something to do that is big, that will change this nation, that will change this world, Honore says.

Tech is weapon, a tool to help fight the good fight.

My childhood advice –  Learn to do the routine things well. Don’t be afraid to take on the impossible. Don’t be afraid to act, even if you’re being criticized.

People are going to say, ‘why’s Honore talking about the oil and gas business? What would Louisiana be without the oil and gas business?

If it’s so great for Louisiana, why is Louisiana so poor?

He says he likes people from other places coming to New Orleans and getting hotel rooms and running up big bar tabs, but don’t mess up the place.

Same with the oil and gas industry, if you break it, you fix it.

Come to town but don’t come trash the place

When there is a chemical release, factories should no longer be able to say that no chemicals were released off the property, and that simply be accepted.

If you break it, you bought it. If you make the mess, you clean it up. Basic tenets of life

In a democracy, you can turn a situation around, Honore says. We’re going to have to do a culture shift.

If big oil & gas are so good for Louisiana, why are we the poorest damn state in the union?

If you grew up in Louisiana, you grew up used to smelling stuff. People from other places will say, what is that? And the response will be nonchalant: It’s just people burning the sugar cane, or, it’s just the sugar plant.

The oil spill shouldn’t be called the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It was the BP oil spill — the Gulf didn’t cause the problem.

Likewise, the sinkhole shouldn’t be the Bayou Corne sinkhole. It’s should be the Texas Brine sinkhole.

If someone gave him illegal drugs or counterfeit money, the feds would be here in a snap to enforce the laws against those things. So why is that not true for environmental laws?

We’re so business friendly we let people self-regulate.  Self-regulate is not an option.

The gulf is full of abandoned oil wells that have been laying there for years. That’s how brazen these people are.

But change is going to have to come through the legislature. They won’t pass a law requiring companies clean up their mess until the people make it miserable for them.

This is our battle. Honore says.

There’s no protest to get people the right to vote. There’s no protest over the Vietnam War — those battles have been fought by previous generations.

These environmental justice issues are generation’s war.

People in South Plaquemines Parish don’t get to participate in the oil economy they’re surrounded by, — the companies are international and hire predominantly from out-of-state.

But people have a voice.  It’s time to use it.

And now it’s time for questions.

First question is from Sandy Rosenthal of, asking about the governor’s attempt to replace the levee board members suing the oil companies.

Honore: We have to figure out how to get the governor’s attention, and start researching legal remedies.

It’s supposed to be a democracy, but it does not look most times like a democracy when it comes to oil and gas, Honore says.

Candidates from office should be prohibited from taking money from the oil and gas industry. It distorts the democracy.

Part of the problem is getting the media to pay attention.

This democracy will never work as long as it’s being bought, he says.

Next speaker from the audience: Please run for governor!

Room fills with applause. Honore doesn’t answer.

Honore instructs the room to stand up and leads them in a chant of Give me liberty or give me death.

The meeting put on by the parish is on YouTube.

Seismo news  . . .