No Reports from Texas Brine, Crosstex to DNR

Is Texas Brine disobeying the state’s Emergency Declaration?

NO Crosstex reports since February(!).

The last report shows over a quarter million barrels of butane stored way too near the unstable sinkhole!

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Let’s review:

Back in the beginning the first Emergency Declaration said Texas Brine’s screw up threatens “sites and facilities under the regulatory authority of the Commissioner of Conservation”.  That would include the Crosstex butane caverns.

Texas Brine hasn’t given out info to the public since January.

In 2012, on Aug. 3rd, Texas Brine was  ordered to quit storing natural gas in their cavern at Napoleonville by Conservation Commissioner, James H. Welsh. But Crosstex got no order to stop putting butane in their cavern. They only got told to shut their endangered pipeline near the sinkhole.

On Aug. 9, 2012 Texas Brine was ordered to give Conservation DAILY reports on Oxy 3.

Texas Brine isn’t off the hook because of the passage of time. On Nov. 19, 2014 the state gave a 12th Emergency Declaration saying the emergency is still on and Texas Brine better hop to and adhere to the Blue Ribbon’s outline for action.

This week (7-16) Texas Brine says they are doing daily checks(!) at Lake FUBAR. Oh, yeah? Then they must know all about the monitors showing earthquakes and mayhem on the increase. cross_section  On page 2 of their report they claim Sinkhole Activity – GREEN <?????   On 7-15 it was YELLOW  <?????  Back in 2014 they were using Code 1, Code 2 etc., not colors. They switched to this color code thing on their reports on June 15. But who knows what the colors mean? No press release about it.

DNR hasn’t listed a daily report to Conservation from Texas Brine since 2014. Page 2 of the Sept. 14 Emergency Declaration, Third Amendment says Texas Brine has to provide DAILY reports. Is DNR lazy? Is Texas Brine defying Conservation? Will we ever know?

Additionally, DNR hasn’t posted an Inspection Report from Texas Brine since Jan. 2014. LEANsmilieDitto for subsidence info.   And DNR hasn’t put out any site photos or maps in over a year(!) – even though the last bubble site map (5-14) showed Bayou Corne looking like a bottle of champagne!

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The old CODE 1, 2, 3 definitions –

Code Levels are 1-3, with Code 1 being the lowest level of alert.

Code 1: Minimal to no seismic activity around/below sinkhole; 10 or fewer of the sharp seismic signals associated with rock movement, called mini-earthquakes (MEQs) or the longer signals associated with gas or liquid movement, called Very Long Periods (VLPs) within 24-hour period; allows work on sinkhole and inside berm area to continue.

Code 2: Restricts work directly on the sinkhole, indicates some increased seismic activity around/below sinkhole but not at a level that indicates imminent threat of sloughing or movement below sinkhole (10 to 50 MEQs or VLPs in 24 hours). 

Code 3: Restricts all work inside the containment berm, indicates seismic activity has elevated to a point similar to what has been seen in past monitoring prior to a sloughing on the shore or movement beneath sinkhole (More than 50 MEQs or VLPs in 24 hours).


The Emergency Declarations    |    Early related documents

Very Large Quake at Lake FUBAR Friday Night

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It started late Friday and went past midnight. Over 2 hour long event –

It wasn’t on all of the monitors but LA-12 shows it well –

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Yellowstone Updated

Big Fluid Movement Before Midnight

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fluid Lake FUBAR sloshing overnight!

It started late Thursday before midnight and went til after 1 a.m. . But it didn’t slosh at all the locations (!). confused

I sloshed a lot at LA12, 14, 18 and 19. It sloshed a lot at LA10-03, at the bottom but not the mid borehole at 10-02. 10-01 is still broken. LA17-02, the upper borehole sloshed a lot but the bottom one at 17-01 didn’t.

Here’s how it looked:

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The AdvocateFirm blames Occidental Petroleum for creating 31-acre sinkhole

[snip] . . . . State scientists and a special panel of worldwide experts have said for more than two years that Texas Brine mined a salt dome cavern too close to the dome’s outer, supporting wall of salt. A breach opened up in that salt wall and allowed surrounding rock to flood into the massive underground cavity carved from the salt deposit, creating the sinkhole in the cypress swamp near Bayou Corne.

Texas Brine now says an oil well drilled in 1986 near that cavern and operated at the time under Occidental Petroleum’s ultimate say was mismanaged and triggered the cavern wall break that sparked the sinkhole.

“Oxy Petroleum’s alleged technical expertise did not deliver superior results,” the suits say, borrowing from some of Occidental Petroleum’s business rhetoric.

“Instead, it delivered the Bayou Corne sinkhole.”

OXY 1 Sonar Survey, 2012

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Thanks, Walter for the survey link, ;)

Thurs. News

Heli_ANI heli_button    Something woke up the dragons at 4 a.m. – LA12 chart

BP settles oil spill-related claims with Halliburton, Transocean

Gulf of BPkillspelicans Mexico dolphin deaths caused by BP – Real Coastal warriors

Ascension Parish filthy tap water report – Residents in Ascension’s Bayou Estates singing the brown water blues

Julie Dermansky (May 7) – How America’s biggest swamp could become fracking wasteland

Environmental groups, locals worry Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin might be destroyed by a proposed industrial facility

Yellowston Updated

7.5 Quake in New Guinea Shakes Lake FUBAR + News

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Big quake shows on the helicorders at Bayou Corne –

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Quake report – USGS

NEWS

Louisiana RecordLouisiana AG political contributors reap lucrative legal contracts in BP litigation; Biggest contractor, caught napping in court, has reaped $12M


This is an idea posted at ENE-News in Boone dam item (scroll up to see about that).

Sinkholes don’t just ‘appear’. They are caused by cave-ins. Something caused the cave-in. Now what do we know geographically about what’s under the Reservoir? (Dam) [Boone dam]
G.E. built it’s reactors on a river bed, so before this reservoir was filled, we must backtrack to find the root cause. And check on any seismic activity under the dam. Also, is it releasing gases? Do they see ‘bubbles’? Bubbles would indicate gas leaking. We have bubbles in the swamps here, not good.

Case in point: Bayou Corne is nothing more than salt domes. When Texas Brine filled them with toxic chemicals, the salt/toxins ate away at the walls causing collapse.
With that said, the sinkhole took years to grow and is releasing gases, oil, toxic mix chemicals..

The BP blowout was the direct cause of the Louisiana sinkhole. She’s mic activity is constant. Lake Pontchartrain is now involved. If the sinkhole blows it will be the equivalent of Hiroshima or probably worse. I live within the detonation zone of this thing and I watch it closely. I also fear that the gas leaks are causing respiratory issues here. I’m getting out in October.”

Will Lake FUBAR look like this? Video in report –

Oregon’s ‘Lost Lake’ Is Disappearing Down A Big Hole, And Now We Know Why

” . . . [ forest spokewoman ] McHugh recently revealed an explanation for the water’s disappearing act, and it’s simple science.
It turns out that the hole is an old, collapsed lava tube . . .  “

LINK –  http://youtu.be/kpRRkXnRc0E

On Wednesday LA12 went bonkers –

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Weekend News [as collapse expands] + More

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Louisiana Record – Upset Bayou Corne residents told to ‘move on with your lives’ cry after complaints of lawyer mistreatment < more items on this topic at their site archives

” . . . In recalling his experience, [Mike] Schaff said class counsel obviously quoted higher damage awards estimates to get class members to opt in to the lawsuit. In addition, Schaff said class counsel used intimidation tactics such as telling class members that if they objected to their settlement they were ultimately offered, Easterly might adjust their award by cutting it in half or “zeroing out” the award altogether.”

Louisiana rolls out new emergency web page – and they say everything is ‘normal’ at Bayou Corne(!). They have a delicate way of referring to the brain-eating critter in the water.

April 15 Situation Summary < some humor on p. 20 with red stripes showing ‘max’ sinkhole size :) Journos: suggest you download this report as the url hints they will remove and replace the doc as time goes by.

The AdvocateDecade-old oil leak in Gulf of Mexico may be far worse than reported

The AdvertisierState to include sinkholes in disaster planning

THIBODAUX – Sinkholes will be recognized as threats dollarsigns in the state’s updated hazard mitigation plan.
The the state is working on a five-year update to its hazard mitigation plan, which must be in place to receive federal money  after natural and man-made disasters.
For the first time, the state will map salt domes and their surrounding 2-mile radius in each parish.

Texas House approves gutting municipal fracking bans cry

Five years after the spill: BP still leaking

Yellowston Updated       thanksreaders