Dear Texas Brine, Where are the Status Reports on Your Collapsed Salt Dome in Napoleonville?

Why is all the live monitoring at Lake FUBAR being withheld from the public?

You haven’t put out a “response” since January.

There is live GPS data on all kinds of coordinates and land levels all over Assumption Parish. This data is supposed to public. The helicorders are supposed to be working and half of them are dead or giving out mish-mash. No one has even tended to them (in months!) to even temporarily fix them. The CORS911 system (with LSU help) is supposed to keep giving live GPS data. Acknowledging the big public hazard from Lake FUBAR they said “the CORS911 sentinels will continue to provide the real-time hazard-monitoring solutions needed to support this response for as long as necessary.”

Everything in the caverns is falling to pieces and self-generating quakes are large and frequent so, yeah, CORS911 data is still necessary.

Where’s the info from Sandia Labs, UC Berkeley, JPL, USGS and all the big-shots who we know are watching Lake FUBAR.

Where’s the satellite imagery? Where’s the fly-over photos? Where are still photos?

Keith M. sent this document in
CORS911: Real-Time Subsidence Monitoring of the Napoleonville Salt Dome Sinkhole Using GPS (July 2013)

It is now on the Documents page.
Here’s a Q & A on the 2013 CORS report –

But it is from 2013. Then they ran out of money (LSU).

They are supposed to be keeping the CORS911 thing going….

“In May 2013 a commission of scientists, response agents, and stakeholders concluded that subsidence monitoring programs were essential for ensuring public safety [LADNR, 2013b]. The CORS911 system, in coordination with the other monitoring platforms, is a key resource for these objectives. After broader attention to the sinkhole wanes, the CORS911 sentinels will continue to provide the real-time hazard-monitoring solutions needed to support this response for as long as necessary.



In the comments to the Creep Zone post (scroll down) I put up related docs found. Here they are:

This office has more regional papers too …

BUSTED! In Aug. (2015) Nanometrics (helicorder providers) brag about their monitors (!!)
Real-time Monitoring with High Performance Seismic Array, Bayou Corne Sinkhole Louisiana, USA

April, 2014 – Mining Induced Seismicity -Monitoring of a Large Scale Salt Cavern Collapse

TILT! Got this 2014 paper on tilting –
UC Berkeley 2014
Nayak, A., and D. S. Dreger, Moment tensor inversion of seismic events associated with the sinkhole at Napoleonville Salt Dome, Louisiana


Gas-charged fluids creating seismicity associated with a Louisiana sinkhole (2014)

“Natural earthquakes and nuclear explosions produce seismic waves that register on seismic monitoring networks around the globe, allowing the scientific community to pinpoint the location of the events. In order to distinguish seismic waves produced by a variety of activities – from traffic to mining to explosions – scientists study the seismic waves generated by as many types of events as possible. ”

Deborah Dupré –
Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana Sinkhole Gas Creating Quakes Like Explosions, Volcanic Eruptions

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!


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!





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


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 –





Yellowstone Updated

Big Fluid Movement Before Midnight


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:




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



Thanks, Walter for the survey link, ;)

FUBAR’s Last Stand Thursday

Looks like all the chips have cashed in at Lake FUBAR –





Julie Dermansky Photos of ruined Bayou Corne:  Ghost Town Left in the Wake of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole in Louisiana

We have to ask: Why aren’t they using infrared mapping at Lake FUBAR to show what is going on with the cap rock and collapsing caverns?  News item: Researchers discover second lost city of Monkey God in Jungle of Honduras

Scientists from the US, the UK, and Honduras using infrared mapping believe they might have discovered a second fabled lost city in the Jungles of Honduras where Monkeys were worshiped as gods.


Meanwhile – on the Minden ammo dump beatMother Jones magazine picked up the story  smile2

LiveAmmo  The Town From “True Blood” Is Filled With Toxic Explosives the EPA Fears Will Blow Up

            Shreveport TimesM6 committee prepares to narrow disposal alternatives

Lt. General Russel Honoré Keynote 2015 Tulane Environmental Law Summit


Global ResearchShock: Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades

“Unearthed articles from the 1960s detail how nuclear waste was buried beneath the Earth’s surface by Halliburton & Co. for decades as a means of disposing the by-products of post-World War II atomic energy production.”

“. . . . Alleged fracking links to the contamination of the public water supply and critical aquifers, as well as ties to earthquake upticks near drilling locations that are otherwise not prone to seismic activity have created uproar in the years since the 2005 Cheney loophole,” which allowed the industry to circumvent the Safe Drinking Water Act by exempting fracking fluids, thus fast tracking shale fracking as a source of cheap natural gas.”