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

http://bittersoutherner.com/neighbors-of-the-fence#.VspHfcvSlY

What do YOU think?

MONDAY NEWS

Fluid movement after 9 a.m. this morning. LA12 shows it.

Attorney, Stuart Smith – Progress for the people of Louisiana

One of the major themes I’ve been writing about frequently in the last year is the rising environmental movement in Louisiana. To be clear, my home state already boasted some fierce fighters for environmental justice, like Marylee Orr and her Louisiana Environmental Action Network, or the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, doing battle with dirty chemical plants. But the shock of recent events such as the BP oil spill and the Bayou Corne sinkhole has caused a lot more people to wake up, and they’ve rallied behind movements like Gen. Russel Honore’s “Green Army.” . . .

Texas Brine put out  a fact sheet about how they plug wells.

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Wed. & Thurs. News

WEDNESDAY

New Orleans Times-PicayuneBayou Corne sinkhole: Texas Brine seeks permit to discharge wastewater at site, residents speak out < that paper has huge readership!

” . . . Greg Miller, a geologist hired by Cotten’s firm as a consultant, said the permit application “totally ignores” that discharging wastewater into the sinkhole could contaminate a usable groundwater source that exists between the water’s surface and the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer. . .  “

The Bugle also says this: “a HUGE thank you to the GreenARMY for their representation and support in opposition to this illegal request. A big shout out to those who made the very long drive here from all parts of the state to be in Napoleonville to support us… Nara Crawley, Glo Conlin, Cheryl Perret, Darryl Malek-Wiley and Wilma Subra were not only being there for support, but stepped up to the podium to verbalize their opposition to this travesty.”

Iceland news is really scary – Sinking Iceland volcano raises flood worries

THURSDAY

We will watch the weather next week as some big storms west of Florida may come across to the Gulf coast. There will be live updates on the right sidebar in the NOAA’s RSS feed.

STANDBY – Parish Blog has a scary update … (see above ).

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Big Oil Spill in Texas + Weekend News

Galveston Bay oil spill threatens bird migration

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Crews were working through the night after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. . . .

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel < has photo 

USCG photo

Texas City dike closed after barge and ship collide

As much as 168,000 gallons of thick shipping fuel may have spilled into Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided near the Texas City dike Saturday afternoon, sparking closures on the waterway and prompting a massive cleanup effort. . . .  < has photos

Big quake swarm off Chile

‘Old’ news getting recycled about Bayou Corne for some reason. NSA pranking the web?

SUNDAY

1 P.M. fluid movement at lake FUBAR. It shows up at the LA10 bottom borehole.

St. James Parish – New Orleans Times-PicayuneEPA opposes state air permit for Nucor iron plant in Convent

Some bills emerge as Louisiana Oil and Gas Association favorites –cry Laws would stall agencies’ ability to file lawsuits

Upcoming Event:

Save Lake Peigneur, Inc. & LEAN’s lawsuit against the division of Coastal Management within the Department of Natural Resources will be held on:
Date: Wednesday, March 26
Time: 9 AM  10 A.M.
Place: Iberia Parish Courthouse
300 S Iberia Street, New Iberia
The lawsuit against the state resulted from Coastal Management (CM) granting the permit to dredge contingent on Injection & Mining Division granting the final permit making. We dispute that Coastal Management did not do due diligence by granting the permit.
Try and show up if you can even if just for a short time.

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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.

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Friday News – Big Explosion in MO, 12 Salt Caverns at Risk Near Lake FUBAR

MO – Pipeline blast lights up Pettis County sky
HUGHESVILLE (AP) — A 30-inch natural gas pipeline ruptured in a rural area in western Missouri, causing an explosion and fire that could be seen for several miles. No injuries were reported, authorities said today. . . .

12 more salt caverns with thin walls discovered near La. sinkhole

BATON ROUGE, La. | At least 12 salt-dome caverns in Louisiana are as close to the edge of their supporting underground formations as the one that collapsed last year and caused a huge sinkhole in Assumption Parish. . . .

(11-25) Data show 12 other Louisiana salt caverns with thin walls

That TV Show on Bayou Corne is on TONIGHT!
Tune in Tonight!  TV, LPB – “Louisiana, The State We’re In”
7pm on LPB

LEAN comments in response to proposed rules for
Hydrocarbon Storage Wells in Salt Dome Cavities
and Class III Solution Mining Injection Wells .

Loose Rules for Salt Domes + Sunday News

The AdvocateProposed salt-dome regulations under fire

By David J. Mitchell
“At least a dozen salt-dome caverns in Louisiana are as close to the edge of their supporting underground formations as the one that collapsed last year and caused the yawning sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

Data collected by the state in response to the sinkhole also shows those 12 caverns, along with 15 others, would violate proposed rules mandating a buffer zone of sorts for future caverns to help ensure they are structurally sound. . . “

WAFB – Residents voice concerns over proposed salt dome regulations

The helicorders are showing static today plus work start up this morning.

Stuart Smith – BP’s digusting, dirty war on its online critics < more stories on this creepy, criminal behavior by BP is on the Real Coastal Warriors‘ face book page this weekend.

BP sends more drilling rigs to the Gulf of Mexico than ever before