” . . . 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.”
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.
THIBODAUX – Sinkholes will be recognized as threats 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.
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.
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 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.”
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.” . . .
NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board’s right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was drilling for BP PLC at its Macondo well, about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast when an explosion killed 11 workers and led to the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.
WASHINGTON _ Environmental groups on Thursday pressured the Obama administration to clamp down on methane leaking from the oil and gas sector by imposing new regulations targeting wells, valves and other infrastructure….
PUBLIC HEARING AND REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON A DRAFT WATER DISCHARGE PERMIT
September 9, 2014
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m.,
at the Assumption Parish Community Center, Ballroom,
4910 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390.
PUBLIC NOTICE (sic)
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (LDEQ) TEXAS BRINE COMPANY, LLC / GRAND BAYOU (BAYOU CORNE) INCIDENT PUBLIC HEARING AND REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON A DRAFT WATER DISCHARGE PERMIT & THE ASSOCIATED ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STATEMENT
Texas Brine and the Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality are trying to pull a fast one on the citizens of Assumption Parish. There was an emergency permit issued for TB to dump waste water from the vent wells and observation wells back into the sinkhole which is directly connected to the aquifer. Now, they are seeking to be allowed to do this permanently.