Lake FUBAR in Turmoil – Fiji Quake to Blame?

Something is happening today. LA12 going nuts.



There was a big earthquake in Fiji on the other side of the world. M7.1 and fairly deep. It happened about 2 p.m. CST. That’s about when the fluid started moving in Lake FUBAR.

Other helicorders showing it too. LA14. But LA12 was going crazy all morning BEFORE the Fiji quake.

Something happened at LA14 Sunday afternoon.



Fluid movement starts up at 4:25 a.m.



Lake FUBAR Sloshing Again

Every little thing seems to make Lake FUBAR go thumping like an out of balance washing machine when you try and wash a rug. At 7:30 a.m something pretty big set it off at LA10-03. It is so big it shows on LA14 which was adjusted to not show much of anything!


A big ‘ding’ at 11:05 a.m. – seen on the LA21 helicorder, plus others.


Helicorders_Oct2013 LA21 is right over the cavern!

The parish blog says they are changing over to CODE 2 at Lake FUBAR (limiting work).

At 4 p.m. (aka: 1600) there was another big ‘ding’ that shows on LA10-03. It shows on the Quake Watch graph but not on the U. of Memphis graph.

In case other, far away quakes are affecting Lake FUBAR, here’s some old info

South of Gulf of Mexico Shudders


Jitters Over Activity at the New Madrid Fault Zone + Mid-Atlantic Ridge Connection

NOTE: We moved the button links to the helicorders nearer to the top of the right sidebar. Left sidebar links won’t always show on teeny-tiny screens like phones.

Yellowston Updated

Weekend News


LA14 is on a bender!  Someone  lock the liquor cabinet!
Otherwise things are fairly calm at Lake FUBAR.

Texas Brine put out a  new ‘factsheet’ that explains (but not really) what’s going on with the helicorders and why they remain at Code 1 not matter what the seismic activity is.

Lake FUBAR trivia: The gas ‘fingerprint’ comparison studies are linked at the lower part of this page.

There was a big deadline for Texas Brine to come up with a new plan by April 30th in the tacked on amendment (#10) to the DNR emergency declaration. We just noticed it.


Maybe they got one up that we don’t know about.


LA14 got drunk again!



This has to stop!  LA12 has the grumbles  well before dawn (not work trucks etc.)

AFTERNOON UPDATE – LA14 shamelessly drunk!


We found a lot of science papers on underground storage from Sandia labs. We’ll add this link to the page about the Carlsbad WIPP disaster.

Dutchsinse has a post about all the US quakes this week with a map.

Salt cavern news (old) Numerous, Severe Geological Problems Identified At WIPP Site

” . . . WIPP is located in one of the world’s largest karstlands as evidenced by Carlsbad Caverns, ‘bottomless lakes’, appearing and disappearing rivers such as the Rio Negro, near Loving, sinkholes and many other regional geologic features. Here, streams of water run underground instead of above ground, dissolving the soft rock and old salt deposits as they flow, making the WIPP site an unsuitable location for permanent disposal of radioactive wastes.”

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:


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 . .  .

3:00 p.m. Update – Code 3

C O D E  3  — at last …..


This is probably ‘it’ . . . .


The LA10s begin to sputter again with missing data. And after midnight they really break up.

A 4.6 quake in Mexico on the Pacific side – MAP But it was at 10:30 a.m. — so it’s not making the ‘clang, bang’ on the helicorders.

!!> BP, Chevron Accused Of Illegally Dumping Toxic Radioactive Drilling Waste Into Louisiana Water

“The Louisiana parish of Plaquemines is taking on a group of oil and gas giants including BP and Chevron for allegedly dumping toxic waste — some of it radioactive — from their drilling operations into its coastal waters, according to a lawsuit removed to federal court on Thursday. . . . “

Assumption Parish Police Jury

Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Response Activity

Thursday, Dec. 19 work-

Sinkhole Activity Code 3 – indicating no work is allowed directly on sinkhole or within containment berms. Seismic monitoring indicates further increase in levels of subsurface activity near sinkhole/Oxy 3 – state and parish will continue to closely observe seismic activity to advise of any sudden changes.

Air Monitoring/Sub-slab Sampling and Ventilation

– Conducting ventilation system inspections


– Removing water from ORWs 1, 2, 22 (north of La 70, west of Texas Brine facility), and 39 (north of containment berm)

– Installing pump at ORWs 15 and 24 (north of La 70, west of Texas Brine facility)

– De-pressurizing ORW 54 (north of La 70, west of Texas Brine facility) to change out wellhead

Containment Berm/Roads/Sinkhole

– Continuing hydraulic head tests of aquifer monitoring wells

– Recording sinkhole water levels

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