Parent to DAPL and Bayou Bridge Pipeline: 69 Accidents in 2 Years; Drinking Water Polluted (Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Subsidiaries)

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Two Egrets rest on the limbs of a cypress in the Atchafalaya flood basin (Photographer Lane Lefort, Courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Atchafalaya Basin Endangered.

CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, Kelcy Warren, gave over $100,000 to Trump’s campaign.

News Release from:
350 Louisiana,, Louisiana Bucket Brigade
February 6, 2017
For Immediate release
Contact: Anne Rolfes, Founding Director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, (504) 452-4909,
Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco: 69 Accidents in Two Years
 Drinking Water Polluted by ETP Spills What and when: Tele press conference about these accidents, 10 am CT
Dial in: (949) 229-4400 Access Code: 9341354
Link to webinar:
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(New Orleans)—A new report issued today shows a disturbing pattern with pipeline and other infrastructure accidents. Data from National Response Center (NRC) reports revealed that Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and its Sunoco subsidiaries have had 69 accidents in a two year span.

Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco are the companies responsible for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, the proposed…

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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.


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

Parish Blog gives Tues. Update + News

Back to CODE 1.  Like everything’s normal there. Tra-la-la … heli_button
Assumption Parish blog version of events. 5:40 update: grout hose busted during grouting several times.
Bayou Buzz – Alert level raised [Monday] at Assumption Parish sinkhole(
NBC – Big break in dolphin die-off: It’s an ‘outbreak’ of measles-like virus
Is Fracking Causing Big Sinkholes in the South?
Statement by Louisiana Bucket Brigade:

  if you have Power Point see this related item.


Crosstex is still ADDING butane to their caverns. Aug. 26 Update.


Monday Chex-Mix

We have to wait until sunset to check seismic activity as they have started the work trucks or drilling at Bayou Corne.  Meanwhile, here are some Chex-Mix items we found of general interest –

NEW PHOTOS from the official website.          1234

The Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries has a permit for seismic ‘exploration’.

A lot of B.P. oil fund news and Gulf coast ecology items are at this Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration website. < Added this RSS feed to the sidebar

This 2012 news item about the RESTORE (refill B.P.’s pockets) Act has this interesting bit on Corexit –

[snip] . . . The region still faces much uncertainty two years after the spill. We still don’t fully understand how the volatile cocktail of 206 million gallons of crude oil and 1.8 million gallons of the oil dispersant Corexit that were dumped into the water will affect commercial and recreational fisheries, or juvenile fish development. But signs are already less than encouraging. Shrimp harvests are down, and many with no eyes are turning up in nets. Fishermen are landing red snapper and more than 20 other species covered in lesions. Dolphins are stranding themselves on beaches in unprecedented numbers. Oyster beds have been decimated and harvests remain well below average.

The Gulf is also a key spawning ground for bluefin tuna, among the highest-value and most-overfished species in the ocean. While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates as much as 20 percent of the 2010 spawn was killed by the oil spill, the agency predicts the loss will only translate to a 4 percent reduction in “future spawning biomass”—the population of fish that grow to reach reproductive maturity.

Scientists don’t expect this blip will cause major hardship for the long-term viability of the species, but it doesn’t mean bluefin or any other species should be considered safe from the oil’s effects. We likely won’t have conclusive evidence of the full extent of the spill’s damage for years. Following the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska, for instance, the region’s previously productive herring fishery suddenly collapsed four years after the spill occurred, and it has yet to recover. Many signs point to Exxon’s oil as a cause of that delayed reaction.”

A 2012 RAND study on how much it will cost Louisiana to protect itself from hurricanes.

Lots and lots on structural failures in New Orleans during Katrina – New Orleans Times-Picaune (April)

Federal judge blasts Army Corps of Engineers for failing to protect New Orleanians during Katrina

[snip]  ” . . . .  Industrial Canal lock-widening work did not contribute to the failure of floodwalls bordering the Lower 9th Ward during Hurricane Katrina, a federal judge ruled Friday. In what he said is likely his last ruling involving Katrina levee and floodwall failures, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval lambasted the Army Corps of Engineers for engineering decisions he says were responsible for those failures, as well as the legal process that has granted the corps immunity from paying for the billions of dollars in damages caused by the flooding.

“I feel obligated to note that the bureaucratic behemoth that is the Army Corps of Engineers is virtually unaccountable to the citizens it protects despite the Federal Tort Claims Act,” the federal law governing damage claims, Duval wrote in the conclusion to his opinion. “The public will very possibly be more jeopardized by a lack of accountability than a rare judgment granting relief. The untold billions of dollars of damage incurred by the greater New Orleans area as a result of the levee failures during Katrina speak eloquently to that point.””

Site of 2 deadly plant explosions remain closed

Louisiana Bucket Brigade on ExxonMobil – Our Toxic Neighbors

Meanwhile, back at the ranch . . .

Giant, oil-belching sinkhole dooms more than 100 homes in Louisiana

By John Upton
It’s looking like a neighborhood in Assumption Parish, La., has been permanently wiped out by a sloppy salt-mining company.
A sinkhole in the area has grown to 15 acres since an old salt mine that was emptied to supply the local petrochemical industry with brine began collapsing in August. Hundreds of neighbors were long ago evacuated, and many of them are now accepting that they will never return to their homes.
The sinkhole isn’t just endangering homes, it is also burping out oil, natural gas, and debris, shaking the area so powerfully that seismic equipment is being used to monitor the site. And brine from the sinkhole is in danger of contaminating local waterways. . . .

15 Acre Sinkhole in Louisiana Chews up Homes and Spits out Natural Gas

Catching up on the buy-out news

44 of 92 buyout offers accepted by residents near giant Louisiana sinkhole

From Insurance Journal

We are stuck by the fact that with all that has gone on at the slurry pit-to-sinkhole-to-lake at Bayou Corne since Aug. 15th Crosstex has  never updated their worst case scenario‘ report.  And the Conservation Dept. has never told them to do it.


7 p.m. tonight (CST) something happened at LA11 & LA14

Helicorders_March2013smThanks to David H. for this – 😉

Geismar Air Toxic From Explosion – Public Not Told

New Orleans Times-Picayune Geismar explosion and fire released more than 62,000 pounds of toxic chemicals, company reports

“According to the report, the facility released 31,187 pounds of volatile organic carbon material; 23,090 pounds of propylene; 2,398 pounds of ethylene; 5,621 pounds of other volatile organic carbon materials, including propane; and 48 pounds of benzene. Also released were 85 pounds of soot and particulate matter. The report said those are conservative estimates.

“. . . . At the time of the accident, air monitoring did not detect harmful amounts of chemicals in the air, but residents were advised to “shelter in place” in their homes, with windows and doors shut, EPA officials said at the time. DEQ reported that monitoring on the day of the accident and the two days afterward found no unsafe levels of chemicals and that Williams Olefins reported its air monitoring also showed no measurable levels of chemicals in the air.

But a survey of 67 people living near the plant by a team of volunteers working with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade took note of 24 people who reported health problems after the accident, ranging from respiratory and eye irritations to headaches and nausea. The June 14 survey was conducted a day after the explosion near the Jackie Robinson playground in Geismar.”


Let’s look at the news reports at the time and what they said about the poison in the air –

At the time everybody said what NBC said: “The explosion took place at Williams Olefins chemical plant in Ascension Parish, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, state police said. A fire after the explosion was contained and then extinguished, and preliminary tests showed the air was safe.

WAFB‘s early report of June 13 with next day updates says –

A two-mile radius shelter-in-place was ordered following the explosion. It was later lifted, but during the news conference at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Jindal announced there were still four additional plants in the area still under shelter-in-place orders. Those plants were Honeywell, Univer, Innophos and PCS Nitrogen. (WHY DID THEY LIFT THE SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER WITH NO DATA????)

Several roads were closed Thursday morning around the plant. All of those were reopened by Thursday evening. LA 3115 between LA 30 and LA 75 was reopened to traffic Friday just before noon.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) pipeline division said Enterprise Products Operating has indicated that they have shut-in their pipelines that enter the plant.

Meteorologist Steve Caparotta reported Doppler Radar out of Slidell detected the smoke plume from the initial explosion around 8:45 a.m. He said the radar beam would be sampling an elevation around 6,000 feet over Geismar.

During the Thursday afternoon news conference, Jindal said the plant had been approved for expansion and was in the middle of a turnaround.

According to Assistant DEQ Secretary Cheryl Nolan, there have been no detections above normal levels in the air, but DEQ is doing additional monitoring out of an abundance of caution(um-hmm). The results so far show no harmful effects. 

According to DEQ, the release from the stack is reported to be residual(!) propelyne, which is what’s generating the (TOXIC) smoke.”

From a later report by The Advocate (with amazing low-key headline) LSP: Hammond man killed in plant explosion (June 25)

“Jean Kelly, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Quality, said the agency was called just after 9 a.m. and sent staff to the area to start air monitoring. There was an initial report of ethylene being released, but information was still being gathered (denial?) , she said. Kelly said it was unclear where or how the fire started, she said.

The first round of air monitoring in the community along La. 30 between La. 3115 and La. 73 had been completed, Kelly said, and the readings had been “non-detect” (!)  in the middle of the plume.

Jennah Durant, spokeswoman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6, confirmed that EPA was sending contractors to conduct additional air monitoring.”

CNN reported on June 14

“Firefighters and a hazardous materials team were evaluating the situation, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeffrey Wiley told reporters.

We think we have a stable situation,” he said.”

WBRZ had a report June 14 about the impact on workers with this –

“A class action lawsuit was filed by a worker installing scaffolding at a nearby plant, claiming smoke from the the explosion and ensuing fire caused health issues for him.

Why did Louisiana DEQ, The EPA, the emergency services ALL mislead the public about the DANGEROUS AIR near the explosion??

See Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s iWitness Pollution Map for more data. Make a donation to them if you can!


Exxon Releases Sulfur Dioxide

Sulfur Dioxide release in Baton Rouge!

Louisiana Bucket Brigade Blog

Anna Hrybyk 2By Anna Hrybyk, Program Director

LABB received 3 reports to our iWitness Pollution Map from North Baton Rouge neighborhoods surrounding the ExxonMobil complex within a two hour time period on the evening on May 3rd.  The ExxonMobil Chemical Plant Baton Rouge Complex reported releasing Sulfur Dioxide early morning on May 5th according to an NRC report.   17:54 May 3 2013 Scenic Highway and Chippewa, Baton Rouge, LA   “it’s got kind of like a sharp smell to it but then also a kind of old egg smell as well. It makes my head hurt and I’ve got a pretty bad headache right now. It’s gone from…I was coming down Scenic Highway and its gone from I guess Evangeline all the way to Chippewa.”  18:37 May 3 2013 Chippewa Street & Arbutus Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70805, USA  “I can smell strong fumes in the air which after sitting out…

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