Monday News + Iceland Update

BBC – Weak wells not fracking caused US gas leaks into water

A new study suggests that the contamination of drinking water by shale gas is due to faulty wells and not hydraulic fracturing.
Researchers in the US analysed the gas content in 130 water wells in Pennsylvania and Texas.
They were able to trace the methane found in the water to problems with the casing or lining of wells drilled to extract the gas….

Slow Drip Iceland –

Surface Still Lowering in Bárðarbunga

The eruption seems to be concentrated at the middle crater on the fissure at Holuhraun, but the ice at Bárðarbunga crater is still lowering, indicating that some changes are occurring. It is feared that an eruption could start in the volcano, causing ash dispersion and floods. However, all is quiet at the moment according to the Icelandic Met Office.
No changes in the eruption have been observed since midnight. Around 40 quakes have been detected in Bárðarbunga and the dike, and a few tremors near Herðubreið and Herðubreiðartögl.

Seismologists predict another Icelandic volcano is about to blow

” … Because of the connection between the fracture and the volcano, the concern has been that magma will rise beneath the glacier between the fissure and the volcanic crater. “So there is a real possibility of a showdown between the magma and ice,”…”

3.2 Arkansas Quake Today & Thurs. News

scroll down for a bunch of news from the parish blog . . .

3.2 quake in Trumann, Arkansas < MAP
JumpingJack Flash – scroll down to “Other Stories of Interest“. Getting scary.
DNR Inspection Report (7-17) says there was nothing happening at Lake FUBAR on Wednesday.
Texas Brine letter to DNR shows VOC’s, SO2, and H2S coming from the sinkhole.  Texas Brine DNR incident report (7-15)
NEW! Crosstex update (July 15)


Resident at meeting – “We’re dyin’!”   at 10:28

It’s going to take years to fix the Louisiana sinkhole

“The initial assurances from Texas Brine — that the methane gas coming up through the collapsed cavern which has rendered homes uninhabitable could be drained in a short period of time — have proven to be like the company’s other promises. Completely empty. Officials now concede there is a massive methane deposit that will take years to drain.”

2 big stories from The Bayou Journal

Judge to hear BP’s bid to halt payouts to residents, businesses

BBC – A US judge has rejected BP’s request to suspend all payments related to the Gulf Coast oil spill

Northwind Oil & Gas is drilling in Napoleonville (p. 4) < thirteen thousand feet seems kind of deep for a methane swamp.
Geismar explosion – DEQ docs  –  sulfur dioxide in St. Bernard Parish sulfur dioxide safe levels here
After Spill, Gulf Oil Rigs Proliferating
Fracking Our Water Supply: Add a Twist of Lemon, But Hold the Methane Please
Blue Daze exposes fracking waste toxic stuff is getting into the food supply.
Study reveals how dust inside faults may contribute to earthquakes
Oddity – WWLTV – New Orleans: Reports of water leaks spring up around city
Strange Sounds – Fault Lines in the USA: This Map Shows the Major Earthquake Hazard Areas Within the United States

Found: How much METHANE is in well-water in Bayou Corne

This Sept. 2012 DNR map has just been put up on the ‘Methane’ page.  Amounts of methane exceed 20,000 ug/l in some wells.



On the measurement (ug/l) Freedomrox says –

ppm stands for parts per million. There is 1000g in a kg, 1,000,000 mg in a kg, and 1,000,000,000 ug in a kg.

1000ug/kg is therefore 1ppm

1800ug/L is 1.8ppm.

So we are talking about 20.4 ppm. Essentially useless as a water well because of gas infiltration, and highly dangerous to liquid products, without extensive liberation and filtration of methane gas.