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.

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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. . . .

Public Broadcasting Show on Bayou Corne, Big Quake Makes Fluid Move at Lake Fubar + Weekend News

See the LPB show from last night HERE.  < video link < alt. link from Stuart Smith

FLUID MOVEMENT UNDER LAKE FUBAR AT 8 P.M. – on the helicorders.  It lasted about 2 hours! It was probably set off by this mega-quake in Indonesia. M6.4 at 7:24 CST.

Florida – Sanibel Island waters – “Swimmers and surfers are being met with dead fish along some of our Southwest Florida beaches. It is happening on one of the busiest weekends for some fun in the water. Red tide is the culprit of what is behind the fish after fish along the beach. . . .”

Texas Brine put out a fact sheet on all the good they doing in Bayou Corne, dated 11-27.

The Dallas NewsNorth Texas earthquakes trigger dam inspections

The AdvocateMonolyte bankruptcy filing may affect residents’ lawsuit
Claimants say fire hurt health, property
“The company that owned and operated a chemical facility in Slaughter destroyed by a fire a year ago has filed for bankruptcy, which could complicate matters for the 32 East Feliciana Parish residents seeking damages for respiratory problems and diminished property values they attribute to the blaze.”

A reader  says, “Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC is a Limited Liability Company and claims to be an Intrastate company, not an Interstate company. Who is their insurer? Shouldn’t the LA Dept. of Natural Resources make sure that these companies can cover any damage that they cause before issuing permits?

The Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Management, has already issued one permit to expand and add 2 natural gas storage caverns to Jefferson Island Storage & Hub under Lake Peigneur in Vermilion/Iberia parishes without an Environmental Impact Statement, Federal standard, no seismic studies, bubbling in the lake, Chicot aquifer problems and already one horrific disaster there.

All they want to do is profit off the state and the people of Louisiana and not be responsible for their actions and the people they hurt.” and we agree!

The helicorders are still going crazy. Instead of posting that every day we will put up a big headline when it stops.  Scroll down for more on them and maps of where they are etc.


Sinkhole Full Restoration (Video) + Wed. News – So. Berm has 5 CRACKS!

From Clean Water and Coast


The Parish Blog has a new item – they are making the work site a CODE 2 (!!)

WWLTV – New containment berm cracks form around Assumption sinkhole < has VIDEO
“Wednesday, WWL-TV received these pictures of cracks in the containment berm that have formed over the past few days from Assumption Parish. In just a few days, one crack became five.

Crosstex managed to put out an update from Nov. 3rd

They say they are testing a new pump.

Pathetic: BP launches website to “set the record straight” on the Gulf


Big news about Texas Brine being under-insured maybe . . . .

  • WWLTV – Texas Brine sued by its insurer over sinkhole site
  • The AdvocateInsurer claims Texas Brine ignored warnings
    “In a federal lawsuit, Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc. cites internal Texas Brine reports, memos and an email suggesting Texas Brine officials were warned with increasing specificity since the mid-1970s — before the cavern was even permitted and mined — that the area where the cavern was planned was close to the salt dome’s outer face.

Friends of Lake Peigneur aren’t a bit surprised. This is from one –

Texas Brine’s insurance (Liberty) claims there is no coverage for this under its policy. Texas Brine’s insurance does not want to pay!!

Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC is a Limited Liability Company, that means a type of business structure that provides its owners limited liability. This would limit the amount they would pay if there was another disaster there. Does Jefferson island Storage & Hub even have liability insurance?  About Lake Peigneur

The Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Management, has already issued one permit to expand and add 2 natural gas storage caverns to Jefferson Island Storage & Hub under Lake Peigneur in Vermilion/Iberia parishes in spite of no Environmental Impact Statement, Federal standard, no seismic studies, bubbling in the lake, Chicot aquifer problems and already one horrific disaster there. Already one community (Bayou Corne) has been destroyed from negligence and apathy

Meanwhile, Back at Lake Peigneur . . .

Reasons why Jefferson Island Storage & Hub should not be issued anymore permits to expand or add 2 caverns to their natural gas salt dome storage caverns under Lake Peigneur

1. No Environmental Impact Statement, Federal standards done About Lake Peigneur

2. Bubbling in Lake Peigneur, cause unknown

3. No seismic studies done

4. Chicot aquifer, fresh water supply for 15 parishes

Water-level decline in the Chicot aquifer system during the period 1995-2005, based on data from the USGS/DOTD water-level network.

Eugene Owen, of BR, Director & Chairman of Utility Holdings Inc., holding company for BR Water Co., Parish Water Co., Inc., Ascension Water Co. and LAWCO, New Iberia, stated that over 8 years ago because of contamination problems, wells had to be moved, costing millions. Increased withdrawal from the Chicot Aquifer by AGL’s (JISH) proposed well-pumping would significantly accelerate the rate of potential contaminates, arsenic.

Steve Langlinais, engineer, Vermilion Parish, states a hydrologist claims that this could lower the withdrawal level in the Chicot aquifer as much as 17 to 75 feet. The Chicot aquifer has not recovered from the 1994 water withdrawal from the first two natural gas salt dome caverns and one concern would be more salt water intrusion.
Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC 2009 OPERATING AGREEMENT with Louisiana

3.4. Water Rights; Chicot Aquifer Withdrawal Restriction. Further without limiting the foregoing, and subject to obtaining any approvals required under Applicable Law, Jefferson Island shall have the right to drill for and extract water as may be necessary, incidental, or desirable for the Permitted Purposes, including, without limitation

5. Already one horrific disaster there in 1980 < video

One community, Bayou Corne, has been destroyed from negligence and apathy. Louisiana’s Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Environmental Quality (DEQ), ignored explicit warnings of potential problems at that site. It is time for the State of Louisiana to do their job and protect the citizens of Louisiana and their property.

Catching Up on Lake Peigneur Status


Residents in Iberia Parish are under attack by AGL Resources who are poised to wreck their beloved Lake Peigneur. Lake Peigneur already has tell-tale bubbling and mysterious discharges from the caverns below. The residents want their water supply protected and Lake Peigneur restored to its natural state.
2006 article –  AGL Resources sued the State of Louisiana

ERATH, La., Aug. 19, 2006 — AGL Resources (NYSE: AGL) subsidiary Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, LLC (JISH) negotiates tentative agreement with the state of Louisiana that, subject to approval, would resolve the pending lawsuit between the parties over a disputed mineral lease. About Lake Peigneur

AGL had failed to pay their lease to the State.

No. 2011 CA 0882.Court of Appeals of Louisiana, First Circuit.

Judgment Rendered: July 15, 2011. The facility consists of salt caverns located beneath Lake Peigneur, as well as various facilities, including flow lines, wells, and wellheads.
After Jefferson Island received notice of the 2006 ad valorem assessment of its property by the Iberia Parish Assessor (Assessor), Rickey J. Huval, Sr., it filed a timely protest, first with the Assessor and then with the Iberia Parish Board of Review, which upheld the assessment. Jefferson Island timely paid the ad valorem taxes under protest, and then filed an appeal of the assessment to the LTC.
Upon receiving its 2007 ad valorem assessment. . . .

AGL Resources “Testing” Caverns at Lake Peigneur

From their website

Welcome to Jefferson Island Storage & Hub

Please note the testing for July 23,2013 has been postponed to July 30, 2013.

Effective July 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM Central Time, Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, L.L.C. (JISH) will be performing an inventory verification test at each of our two caverns, scheduled to last up to 4 days total for both caverns. The test will be performed on each cavern independently, and only one cavern will be in service during the planned service outage. JISH’s ability to accept injection and withdrawal nominations will be limited to the capacity of the sole cavern in service which could be reduced by 23% to 67%. Injection and withdrawal nominations will be processed and capacity will be allocated in accordance with the scheduling and priority of service provisions (Article 9) in JISH’s Statement of Operating Terms and Conditions as posted.

This is moments before they have to explain themselves in court!

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From Save Lake Peigneur:

We have been rescheduled to Monday, August 19 at 9:30.

We are first on the docket. I have been told that this will be it unless an attorney from the DNR has a new reason.

Meanwhile, as I write this, AGL has barges in the water. They are “surveying the wells and testing bottom pressure.” I wonder if we might have access to the pictures they are taking of the wells? This must be for the permit therefore this makes it public unless of course it’s seismic which the public is not allowed to see. Like we care about where the oil & gas is. All we have ever cared about is saving our water, our lake and our lives.

This Saturday marks the one year point of the Bayou Corne disaster.They are having a commemoration at 10AM. the sinkhole now 22 acres (from 9 acres) 700′ or more deep at the center, most families still not settled with the company. If Hwy. 70 fails the depreciation of their homes will be even more significant.

Next week marks the 7th anniversary of Governor Blanco stating an Environmental Impact Statement would be required before permitting cavern expansion at Jefferson Island Salt Dome. Why hasn’t our state demanded the same? Oh, I forgot, Don Briggs recently that he “can’t believe the Office of Conservation broke it’s own rules” when granting the permit. Meaning that Coastal Management should have just granted the permit without stipulations.

Please try to be present at the hearing. We need people your presence. Please even if only for 15 minutes it will be enough to show that you care.

We have the best drinking water! Please help save it! The families from Grand Bayou and Bayou Corne have lived through tragedy and their drinking water contaminated. If you think this can not happen here you are gravely wrong.

Your presence is your voice. Please mark your calendars for August 19, 9:30 AM at Iberia Parish Courthouse, Iberia Street, New Iberia.

We wish our friends in Bayou Corne well on this sad weekend. 
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