We Told Ya So!

The Advocate Assumption jurors say no to sinkhole discharge into Grand Bayou, citing environmental concerns, but state officials worried about catastrophic levee failure

“. . . . Tom Killeen, DEQ Inspection Division administrator, described the implications of a catastrophic levee failure: As much as 150 million gallons of sinkhole water — possibly mixed with saltier water from the sinkhole’s depths — would rush into the swamp if a breach allowed up to 3 feet of water to flow out.

The primary bowl of the sinkhole is about 31 acres, but the series of containment levees cut through the swamps south of La. 70 contain a total of 117 acres, Texas Brine has said. . .  “

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 “In the June 3 letter to DEQ, Martin, the Texas Brine vice president, raised reusing sinkhole water for salt dome mining but wrote then the company was talking with an unnamed customer about the water’s suitability.”

“Police Jury President Martin “Marty” Triche told Killeen jurors favored Texas Brine finding another method of disposing of the water, such as through a pipeline to injection wells, instead of discharging into the bayous with monitoring but no treatment.”

The more recent sinkhole photos from On Wings of Care show the area much better than graphics used by many media outlets.



Lots of fluid movement at 6 a.m. at LA-12.

Heads up, residents who were in court over Texas Brine –
The Advocate[East Baton Rouge]Fired Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper issued misdemeanor summons

“The investigators discovered three email accounts belonging to attorneys for the Parish Attorney’s Office that were illegally accessed more than 40 times, he said. Detectives determined the illegal access originated from a home IP address belonging to Roper.

Investigators also uncovered evidence indicating use of Roper’s personal computer to illegally access the Parish Attorney’s Office email system through a proxy service designed to mask the user’s actions and location, Manale said.”

She can probably get a job with Hillary Clinton!  smile2

Big solar storm today – The Watchers

Enemy of Standard Oil and still vilified, Huey Long died 80 years ago.

“Under the principle of the separation of church and state it is not legal to provide funding to Catholic schools. Louisiana had in Huey Long’s and still has many Catholic schools where Catholic parents preferred to send their children. Huey long came up with the simple but brilliant ploy of providing textbooks to children rather than to their schools. This enable the state government to subsidize both public and parochial education. Many people, even political opponents of Long supported this program.

Long however wanted to impose the cost of the textbook program upon the petroleum companies like Standard Oil. This measure was not supported by many in the state legislature.”

They were never investigated for ordering his assassination but they had the means, the motive and the opportunity to do the deed.  Today reports on (enemy of oil companies) Hugo Chavez with the same spirit as the dictator description given to (enemy of oil companies) Long.

Mining Awareness blog has more on populist enemy-of-Standard-Oil, Huey Long.

The Advocate – [Baton Rouge area] Monitoring saltwater intrusion is costly, but Ground Water Commission now must decide who will pay
Money needed to drill scavenger wells for saltwater information

MEXICO – quakes and volcanoes going off. See COMMENTS for details.


Mercury Rising

The AdvocateNoranda plant in St. James Parish seeks permit to emit mercury

“Noranda officials told the state Department of Environmental Quality in April and May that they believe the mercury is rising from steam vents tied to plant heat exchangers, although DEQ has not permitted the release of mercury into the air from anywhere at the plant.” . . . << and DEQ is gonna do ZIP about it!

“. . . Bryan Johnston, senior environmental scientist [PR speak for shill] in DEQ’s Air Permits Division, said “there is no indication at this point that there is anything to be concerned about.””

Back at Lake FUBAR – there was a big bang at 7:05 this morning shown on LA12 monitor. Another one at 9:10 … but it could be from work crew. They are probably trying to repair their submerged berm. Another big bang at 10 p.m. suggests these bangs are not caused by work crews.

Strange Sounds – Mysterious Booms In Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Hawaii And Hampshire, UK – What’s going on?  –  Recent booms in Texas

Catching up on Brain-Eating Amoeba in Tap Water stories –

Wed. & Thurs. News


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


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 ).





DEQ Trying to Hold a Public Meeting TUESDAY with Almost NO Notice

They are trying to pull a fast one!


September 9, 2014

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m.,

at the Assumption Parish Community Center, Ballroom,

4910 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390.




Texas Brine and the Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality are trying to pull a fast one on the citizens of Assumption Parish. There was an emergency permit issued for TB to dump waste water from the vent wells and observation wells back into the sinkhole which is directly connected to the aquifer. Now, they are seeking to be allowed to do this permanently.

Dear DEQ,

Why did you accept Crosstex’s worst-case scenario plan sent to you Aug. 15, 2012 when they evaded the issue of their huge butane caverns at Bayou Corne blowing up like this big 1992 LPG explosion from a salt dome  storage cavern  in Wesley, Texas? The explosion then was an accident waiting to happen.

You know between ½ and 1½ million BARRELS of butane get stored in Crosstex’s cavern. Not 800-900 GALLONS. You should have rejected that letter when it landed on you desk!

Crosstex’s pumping large amounts of butane into a cavern in a seismically unstable and unpredictable area of Bayou Corne needs to be stopped.

DEQ has the power to stop this.


From this April 7, 2012 Texas newspaper article –  Salt dome explosion: 20 years later

Before the sun came up on April 7, 1992, an alarm sounded at Mid-America’s 24-hour monitoring station in Tulsa, Okla. A sensor warned a dispatcher that there was hazardous gas escaping from an underground storage cavern — a salt dome — about 475 miles away in rural Wesley, Texas, about 60 miles from Houston.

Three dispatchers in Tulsa monitored the company’s 10,000 miles of pipeline, along with its gas storage facilities. The one in Wesley was unattended 16 hours each day and was operated by Seminole Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Mid-America Pipeline.

[ UNATTENDED – perhaps like the Crosstex caverns that they claim have 24/7 observation. DEQ, do you ever check up on them? ]

A minute after the first alarm came at 6:09 that Tuesday morning, one of the dispatchers called a 28-year-old Seminole worker who lived in Brenham and asked him to go to the facility to investigate the source of the alarm. Both the dispatcher and the worker — neither of whom had ever practiced responding to a disaster in a mock situation — assumed if the cavern overfilled with gas that a safety system would shut it down automatically and seal the cavern, preventing vapors from escaping into the air.

[ NO PRACTICE FOR EMERGENCIES – DEQ, when we know workers are not allowed to wear mandatory gas masks or use other safety equipment do you really think they ever practice how to handle a storage facility failure when they can’t even type out a worst case scenario for it on paper? ]

[ WORKERS ASSUMED AUTO SHUT-OFF WOULD KICK IN – and their response was not vital. DEQ, do you know if Crosstex employees and subcontractors know what to do in an emergency or that automatic systems can fail? ]

Not in a rush, the worker took a shower, dressed, stopped at a convenience store for a Diet Coke and arrived at the cavern about 20 minutes later. He immediately noticed a large cloud of what looked like fog engulfing the facility. He tried to turn off the engine of his diesel truck, but the motor kept running on the airborne gas vapor.

[ SLOW RESPONSE and TRUCK ENGINE STAYED ON – DEQ, do workers have training in rapid response? Do workers know escaped gasses will keep their cars and trucks running and cannot be switched off? ]

He realized he couldn’t make it to the facility’s manual shut-off valve, so retreated to a house of a nearby resident. He called back to dispatch and mentioned there was gas in the field (but not beyond), then called his supervisor, who ordered the worker to evacuate the area and get to safety, staying far from the vapor cloud.

[ INACCURATE ASSESSMENT OF EMERGENCY BY UNTRAINED WORKER – DEQ, do workers get instruction on the behavior of vapor clouds and other butane and LPG emergencies? ]

The residents who lent their phone told him that a school bus was expected down County Road 19, so he ignored his boss’s instruction and headed into the vapor cloud, attempting to stop the bus and get to the main facility to shut off the gas. When mixed with oxygen, the worker knew that natural gas liquid vapors are extremely flammable and capable of explosive ignition.

[ FLAMMABLE VAPORS – DEQ, you let Crosstex tell you in their letter of Aug. 15, 2012 that the butane would remain in a liquid sate no matter what when you know this is not true. DEQ, you know that when air comes into contact with butane it becomes a flammable hazard with high potential for explosion. ]


DEQ, you know this.

DEQ, you accepted that incomplete and evasive plan for worst case scenario from Crosstex knowing it isn’t worth the paper it is written on.

DEQ, when the inevitable happens, YOU will bear equal responsibility for what happens at Bayou Corne!


Large Seismic Ding at 1 A.M. Saturday & Weekend News


I think the bigger jump on the monitors is on the SE corner of Lake FUBAR next to the incredible amount of butane.

LA21 shows the “Ding” at 1:10 a.m.  The parish blog says they are keeping the Code 2 status.



Oddity – 1 a.m. seems to be prime time for Lake FUBAR to turn into an underwater disco. Check out previous headlines here with “1 a.m. ” in the title!

8:30 p.m. Sat. eve –  
6.0 quake out in the Atlantic – between Jamaica and Africa <  MAP.
  It showed up as fluid movement at 8:45 p.m. at Lake FUBAR – seen on LA18 helicorder.


The 6.0 figure comes from USGS but RSOE says it was 6.6 plus there were 2 big ones next to it. All late Sat. at 10:28 except the 5.7 was at 8:28.  If they all went off at 28 min. after the hour … were they man-made/oil drilling?

Reports – 6.6, 5.7, 5.6



Scientists discover why the Appalachian mountain chain bends

If you took a bird’s-eye view of the Appalachian mountain chain, you could pretty much trace a 1,500-mile straight line from Newfoundland to Alabama, notes Nature World News.

Except, that is, for a little squiggle in New York and Pennsylvania. So what on earth could make a mountain chain bend like that? Geologists think they’ve figured out the answer, and it’s not so much “on earth” as “in earth”—namely, an underground volcanic rock about 60 miles by 280 miles in dimension. . . .

Vermilion Parish – Instead of DEQ fines, plant sees tax breaks after explosion

Multi-Chem, a Halliburton-owned business that blends chemicals for oilfield production, including fracking, paid no state environmental fines when its New Iberia plant exploded in 2011.

Instead, the company received an expedited environmental permit to build a new plant in Vermilion Parish without public notice or a public hearing and was granted $1.8 million in state property tax exemptions over a 10-year period to build the new plant. . . .

. . . .  DEQ scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the North Vermilion High School cafeteria, 11609 La. Highway 699, Maurice.

St. Tammany Parish – ‘Fracking’ site could affect Louisiana’s wetlands


A jump on the helicorders at 12:06 a.m. and at 6:10 a.m. – seen on LA12.

2:15 p.m. Update from DEQ

Elvis has left the building



Assumption Parish Police Jury

DEQ to move Mobile Command Center out of Bayou Corne for routine maintenance

BATON ROUGE – On Monday, June 30, DEQ will move its Mobile Command Center out of the Bayou Corne area for relocation to DEQ Headquarters in Baton Rouge.

The Mobile Command Center will undergo routine maintenance in preparation for hurricane season. During the tropical storm and hurricane season, the unit is used as a mobile logistical and operational resource in support of DEQ’s emergency response mission.

DEQ environmental scientists will continue to conduct air monitoring, water monitoring and soil testing at Bayou Corne and will continue to work with local, state and federal partners in ensuring for the protection of human health and the environment.  

Upon completion of the maintenance, the Mobile Command Center may return to Bayou Corne should the need arise.

For information on Bayou Corne and to view DEQ situation summaries and analytical…

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