Happy Birthday, Lake FUBAR!

CuriousGeorge
WFAB – Bayou Corne residents, officials reflect on 3-year anniversary of sinkhole

LT General Russel Honore (Ret) & Mike Schaff talk about Bayou Corne.
Louisiana: The State We’re In – 07/31/15
Forward to 17:52 on this videohttp://video.lpb.org/video/2365538299/ to see Bayou Corne Sinkhole

NEWS

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10002xuw#general_summary near Pecos, Texas

2015 Gulf of Mexico dead zone ‘above average’

“Scientists have found this year’s Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and marine life, is, at 16 767 square km (6 474 square miles), above average in size and larger than forecast by NOAA in June. The larger than expected forecast was caused by heavy June rains throughout the Mississippi River watershed, NOAA reports.”

http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2015/08/06/2015-gulf-of-mexico-dead-zone-above-average/

2.8 Quake in SW Tennessee

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

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

Weekend News

The Louisiana Record Special master in Bayou Corne sinkhole case has deep connections to plaintiff’s attorney, possible conflicts of interest

Lexington Says Texas Brine Isn’t Covered For La. Sinkhole

Law360, New York (March 17, 2015, 2:33 PM ET) — Lexington Insurance Co. isn’t required to defend Texas Brine Co. LLC against class allegations that the company created a potentially dangerous sinkhole, because Lexington’s policies expired more than 15 years before the ground collapsed in 2012, the insurer told a Louisiana federal court Monday.

Leaky Boone Dam Update – they will try grout in the spring – PDF doc. Movie of them working on it.

Jumping Jack Flash has many alarming stories when view together.

SUNDAY at Lake FUBAR – something went bang after 12:36 p.m. – it shows on LA21 and on all helicorders.

Forgotten Bayou Trailer + Catching Up with Videos

Jan. 23 – WAFB – Woman documents the effects of giant sinkhole on the community < has video

LINK – http://youtu.be/8nc8SBxPO0k

LINK –  http://youtu.be/xVleFaXLFrM

LINK – http://youtu.be/xYKQZONATDY

This fly over footage is from last April — we want a NEW fly over!

LINK – http://youtu.be/dCGR4_0lG8s

LINK – http://youtu.be/YVua0XJlIxg

LINK – http://youtu.be/zTrao_82dtI

Louisiana sinking 1 football field an hour – Henning Kemner

LINK – http://youtu.be/2KbgIusT8IE

A summary of events

Residents with the monitors in their homes have moved away … but people just outside the declared danger zone have no compensation or relief.

LINK – http://youtu.be/sA4ZuTGUo1Y

LINK – http://youtu.be/kwUWl4IRRXg

Coming up: PBS show- Sinkholes—Buried Alive – The catastrophic collapse of the ground beneath our feet is a growing worldwide hazard. Airing January 28, 2015 at 9 pm [EST] on PBS

The Advertiser “The sinkhole at Bayou Corne  smile3 will be featured in a scientific look at what causes sinkholes and the destruction they can bring when “Sinkholes — Buried Alive” premieres on NOVA and Louisiana Public Broadcasting at 9 p.m. Jan. 28.”

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LINK – http://youtu.be/ivcfBlyQJ5Q

What do YOU think?

MONDAY NEWS

Fluid movement after 9 a.m. this morning. LA12 shows it.

Attorney, Stuart Smith – Progress for the people of Louisiana

One of the major themes I’ve been writing about frequently in the last year is the rising environmental movement in Louisiana. To be clear, my home state already boasted some fierce fighters for environmental justice, like Marylee Orr and her Louisiana Environmental Action Network, or the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, doing battle with dirty chemical plants. But the shock of recent events such as the BP oil spill and the Bayou Corne sinkhole has caused a lot more people to wake up, and they’ve rallied behind movements like Gen. Russel Honore’s “Green Army.” . . .

Texas Brine put out  a fact sheet about how they plug wells.

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