Tuesday News – hardly any

From Real Coastal Warriors : Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

“…Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.”

WIPP town meeting (looks like a bosses’ meeting) live stream #1. The rest of it.

The Watchers – Red tide kills thousands of fish in Gulf of Mexico, poses a greater health threat

The helicorders at Lake FUBAR were pretty quiet until noon then they started up and then sputtered. LA18 shows it.

The AdvocateJudge tells sinkhole lawyers to settle taxpayers’ claims

The state district judge presiding over year-old lawsuits seeking reimbursement of state and parish costs from the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole urged Texas Brine Co. and its insurers Monday to turn their attention away from internal battles over coverage and focus on settling the primary legal claims seeking to recover taxpayer dollars.

Judge Guy Holdridge, of the 23rd Judicial District, told a courtroom of more than two dozen lawyers from Texas Brine Co., its insurers, and state and Assumption Parish government that he has dealt with similar cases in the past involving multiple insurers and millions of dollars in claims and that the sheriff’s and Police Jury’s claims, in particular, are worth just several hundred thousand dollars each.

“My frustration is why are we working and kneading me up as a judge over these small claims, and I’m having to deal with 1,000 New Orleans lawyers. I don’t know why we are doing this,” Holdridge said at the Assumption Parish Courthouse in Napoleonville. . . .

There has been fewer posts here than usual because news from Bayou Corne has slowed to a trickle …

There’s been almost no updates posted lately from DNR.


DEQ has a new situation update Aug. 3 but they don’t report any stats. They just say everything’s fine. They have a water quality report for 7-29. They have a July air sample report.

The  Texas Brine Action Plan was pretty recent, Aug. 3. Oxy has one too for Aug. 3. So does KDS Promix, DOW, Arcadian GasChevron and Crosstex. Chevron is reducing inventory and slowing down. They don’t say it is due to instability but we doubt it is a reduction to greed that prompts them! Arcadian is idle too.

Texas Brine’s Action Plan uses an incredibly old photo of Lake FUBAR. We wonder how they can plan anything without a current picture or map.

The last Texas Brine drilling report was for 2012 just after the collapse. They say they closed Oxy 3 with a master valve so maybe they didn’t do any more drilling and that was the last report.

New Madrid Fault Zone has its own fireworks + July 4 News

2.8 quake at Malden, Missouri (Southeast corner of MO next to Tenn.)

There was a 6.6M quake in Papua New Guinea area that may show on the helicorders. But they are doing such a barn dancy by themselves it is hard to tell.

Not to be outdone, Lake FUBAR gets the shakes for the holiday.

The AdvocateBayou Corne property owners face Saturday deadline

Lawsuits Multiply – Smear Campaign Begins

The most visible advocate involved with getting data against Texas Brine, DOW Chemical etc. is Erin Brockovich. Today this headline appears worldwide –

Erin Brockovich
Arrested for Drunk Driving
… a Boat!!!

This looks a LOT like the campaign ‘dirty tricks’ of the the Nixon era. In 1972 CIA-connected operatives destroyed leading presidential contender, Ed Muskie’s campaign in double pronged smear. They used fake letters and “dirty tricks” (crimes) at the end of Feb. 1972 and probably drugged him to make him break down on camera.

Recall this post anticipating this kind of spook-involved criminal activity – Does Bayer-Owned Texas Brine Employ Data Intelligence Firms to Dish Disinfo?

Ya know what, Stratfor, or whoever you are, we have grown up since Watergate. We know all-ll-ll about dirty tricks, sabotage, Karen Silkwood and all this stuff you think you can keep secret.

You can’t keep your stinkhole secret.

You can’t stop the lawsuits.

And you can’t win the lawsuits.

Texas Brine Argues Sinkhole is Not an Emergency + Monday News

Texas Brine sues to block state order for wells

“. . . . but the suit disputes whether the emergence of the sinkhole and its growth over the past five months meet the legal definition of an emergency . . . “

Petition requests White House action on sinkhole  (the other,  State,  petition is on the sidebar  )

Bayou Corne residents disheartened by Texas Brine legal battle with the state


MORE here later . . .