Arctic Methane Explosion Craters Discovered on Seafloor

We follow this frozen methane news since there’s a huge amount of it in the Gulf of Mexico – F.C.

Massive blow-out craters formed by hydrate-controlled methane expulsion from the Arctic seafloor

Like ‘champagne bottles being opened’: Scientists document an ancient Arctic methane explosion

“Scientists generally believe that the methane leaking from these seeps never makes it to the surface of the ocean, instead dissolving in the water on its way up. But some suggest that an explosion, of the type described in Thursday’s paper, could produce enough force to send some gas straight up to the surface and into the atmosphere, with potentially climate-warming consequences. . . . “
How about the explosion risk? Page 4 of this science paper shows a Louisiana map with all the seeps.

Plus the methane at Bayou Corne was thought by some to be from the Gulf of Mexico … not from decaying vegetation like Texas Brine claims.

SEE ALSO – the Methane Page

World News – More Methane, More Sinkholes

Mar. 15 Russia –
50 m (164 feet) wide sinkhole opens in Bashkiria, Russia

Strange Sounds –
From Canada to Siberia, permafrost thaw produces ‘hell’s mouth’ craters, sinking lands, and 7,000 methane pockets ready to blow

NASA ‘Detergent’ Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes

Another Russian Sinkhole + News

It is pretty far away from the previous ones ….

The Watchers

Giant sinkhole opens in Novokuznetsk region of Siberia, Russia

A giant sinkhole has appeared in Siberia’s Novokuznetsk region recently, some 3 500 km from other craters found in Arctic Russia in recent months. The new crater measures around 20 meters in diameter and around 25 to 30 meters in depth.

. . .  Observation from space revealed the dramatic mushrooming of the holes, believed to be caused by methane gas eruptions in melting permafrost due to climate change, scientists revealed today. A leading Russian expert sounded an alert over safety because one new Siberian crater, surrounded by at least 20 ‘baby holes’, is just six miles from a major gas production plant. 

PHOTOS of it from The Siberian Times

This has video of the nearby landslide there recently – Watch This Slow-Moving Landslide Devour a Russian Road

Earlier posts on Russian craters – 1, 2

UPDATE, April 29
Gigantic 100-metre sinkhole leaves Ukrainian villagers terrified after reports it has swallowed up homes and looks likely to get even BIGGER

. . . hope is isn’t related to thisWarming Climate May Release Massive Carbon Storehouse from Arctic Soils

NEWS

The AdvocateNew safety rules since massive sinkhole prevent Texas Brine from expanding salt cavern operation; company files suit against Dow   DOW1

A 29-year-old Dow Chemical Co. salt cavern sits so close to Texas Brine’s property that new state safety regulations — created after the 2012 Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster — now prevent the Houston company from mining any new caverns on its property, a federal lawsuit alleges.

Texas Brine Co. has sued Dow and a local land company over the Dow cavern carved from the Napoleonville salt dome in Assumption Parish.

“Dow is obligated to (Texas Brine) for the value of the salt that (Texas Brine) can no longer mine, or ‘dead salt,’” the suit claims. . . .  (more)

Dow map

2013 item: Dow’s Toxic Stew Near Bayou Corne –  (not the same property)

State Seismologist says Oklahoma earthquakes are ‘very likely’ caused by oil and gas disposal wells

The Oklahoma state seismologist said disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry are ‘very likely’ responsible for the recent surge of earthquakes in Oklahoma at the recent Oklahoma Geological Survey.  < – links to report

NY TimesThe Gulf, Still at Risk

Environmentalists Warn That Gulf Oil Spill Recovery Could Be a Mirage

NOTE: See comments for Lake FUBAR agitation bits

Yellowston Updated

Methane Chex Mix

Since we have no big news from Bayou Corne (besides the usual seismic activity at Lake FUBAR) we have these items we found when trying to  hunt down a news bit about Norway and methane emissions (off shore oil byproduct maybe).

Skimming the above stories makes one think maybe Texas Brine isn’t all that honest when they blame methane at Bayou Corne on “swamp gas” and act like they don’t know how to find out about it.

Lake FUBAR Gurgles Wed. + News

bubbleUP    LA12 shows seeping-sloshing of small fluid movement all morning. They show as rick-tack lines on the chart.

After 10 a.m. something ominous starts up at LA21. It is near the SE corner of Lake FUBAR.

The sloshing stops and there are normal dings and dangs until 11:45 p.m. – then fluid movement again.

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Keith M. did some new maps and they are linked on the MAP page.

NEWS

Southeast LA levee board challenges law blocking ‘big oil’ lawsuit

A south Louisiana flood board has launched a legal fight against a new state law aimed at retroactively killing a lawsuit filed last year over coastal damage attributed to oil and gas drilling.
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East argues in federal court papers filed Tuesday that the law cannot be used to block the lawsuit. . .

(Note: continuing  news about this flood board saga are regularly on the sidebar in the RSS feed section )

On methane topic – Mysterious Giant Methane Plumes Discovered In Arctic Ocean

Flesh-eating bacteria hits Texas beach community.

Flesh-Eating Bacteria in Florida Waters – Deadly Plague?

We hope this doesn’t happen near gassy Lake FUBAR! – Fireball explodes producing small meteorites near Lake Weiss, Alabama

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NetVibes page helped with this story – 😉

Lots of Grumbling at Lake FUBAR Wed. – and a BIG THUMP Thurs. at 5:04 A.M.

WEDNESDAY GRMBLES
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THURSDAY

It looks pretty calm at Lake FUBAR. The grumbles died down then a giant THUMP at 5:04 a.m.. Shows here at LA12

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Oddly, it shows BIGGER on the surface of LA10 than at the bottom borehole.

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Lots of rain due all week at Bayou Cornestarting Friday.

Get ready for a sh*t storm on Aug. 2ndStrange Sounds – There is an incoming solar storm with Earth-directed component
On July 30, 2014, a dark magnetic filament erupted from the Sun surface!
“Scientists have calculated that this sun storm will alter Earth’s magnetic field on August 2nd. The storm cloud should create auroras in the northern sky.”

Residents: Reminder on How to Leave if Hwy 70 Closed

Crosstex had a merger and has a new name – since Jan. – EnLink Midstream is their new name.
Crosstex Energy, Devon Energy to be known as EnLink Midstream

“. . . The deal will combine Crosstex with the midstream assets of Devon, an independent oil and gas driller based in Oklahoma City. The new company will control more than 6,400 miles of pipeline, serving fields including the Barnett Shale and Eagle Ford, the companies said in October. “

We missed this July 8 item – ‘Explosive’ earthquakes may be the cause of mysterious Bayou Corne sinkhole

“. . . Now, researchers are suggesting that surges of gas-charged fluids may have generated an ‘explosive’ quake that could have played a role in the sinkhole’s formation.”

Science publisher press release about it

Pay-per-view: Moment Tensor Inversion of Seismic Events Associated with the Sinkhole at Napoleonville Salt Dome, Louisiana

Got the chills? Here’s some  HOT AIR from Texas Brine!

Not related to the salt dome collapse, but of interest for methane topic –
“We are sniffing methane” – vast methane plumes discovered escaping from the seafloor of Arctic ocean

” . . . Chief scientist Örjan Gustafsson from Stockholm University speculates in his latest blog entry that the leaking methane from the seafloor of the continental slope may have its origins in collapsing “methane hydrates,” clusters of methane trapped in frozen water due to high pressure and low temperature.”

Wed. News

Gas-Charged Earthquakes Linked to Mysterious Louisiana Sinkhole

Surges of gas-charged fluid may have explosively generated the earthquakes preceding a giant sinkhole in Louisiana, researchers say.

These findings could lead to a better understanding of how pressurized fluids can trigger earthquakes and tremors, scientists added. . . .

     the jig is up

” . . . .  Frequent tremors were reported in the two months before the sinkhole opened. Researchers had suspected the collapse of a plugged-up, abandoned salt cavern underneath the Napoleonville salt dome may have caused these small earthquakes and the sinkhole.

“Mine collapses in Utah have made earthquakes before,” said lead study author Avinash Nayak, a seismologist at the University of California, Berkeley. . .  “

At 8:02 a.m. there was a big ding seen on many helicorders. Doubt it is from work trucks. LA21 shows it.

The officials say they are switching to CODE 2.

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 Santiaguito volcano in Guatemala is waking up today.