We Told Ya So!

The Advocate Assumption jurors say no to sinkhole discharge into Grand Bayou, citing environmental concerns, but state officials worried about catastrophic levee failure

“. . . . Tom Killeen, DEQ Inspection Division administrator, described the implications of a catastrophic levee failure: As much as 150 million gallons of sinkhole water — possibly mixed with saltier water from the sinkhole’s depths — would rush into the swamp if a breach allowed up to 3 feet of water to flow out.

The primary bowl of the sinkhole is about 31 acres, but the series of containment levees cut through the swamps south of La. 70 contain a total of 117 acres, Texas Brine has said. . .  “

story + map –

 “In the June 3 letter to DEQ, Martin, the Texas Brine vice president, raised reusing sinkhole water for salt dome mining but wrote then the company was talking with an unnamed customer about the water’s suitability.”

“Police Jury President Martin “Marty” Triche told Killeen jurors favored Texas Brine finding another method of disposing of the water, such as through a pipeline to injection wells, instead of discharging into the bayous with monitoring but no treatment.”

The more recent sinkhole photos from On Wings of Care show the area much better than graphics used by many media outlets.



Lots of fluid movement at 6 a.m. at LA-12.

Heads up, residents who were in court over Texas Brine –
The Advocate[East Baton Rouge]Fired Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper issued misdemeanor summons

“The investigators discovered three email accounts belonging to attorneys for the Parish Attorney’s Office that were illegally accessed more than 40 times, he said. Detectives determined the illegal access originated from a home IP address belonging to Roper.

Investigators also uncovered evidence indicating use of Roper’s personal computer to illegally access the Parish Attorney’s Office email system through a proxy service designed to mask the user’s actions and location, Manale said.”

She can probably get a job with Hillary Clinton!  smile2

Big solar storm today – The Watchers

Enemy of Standard Oil and still vilified, Huey Long died 80 years ago.

“Under the principle of the separation of church and state it is not legal to provide funding to Catholic schools. Louisiana had in Huey Long’s and still has many Catholic schools where Catholic parents preferred to send their children. Huey long came up with the simple but brilliant ploy of providing textbooks to children rather than to their schools. This enable the state government to subsidize both public and parochial education. Many people, even political opponents of Long supported this program.

Long however wanted to impose the cost of the textbook program upon the petroleum companies like Standard Oil. This measure was not supported by many in the state legislature.”

They were never investigated for ordering his assassination but they had the means, the motive and the opportunity to do the deed.  Today reports on (enemy of oil companies) Hugo Chavez with the same spirit as the dictator description given to (enemy of oil companies) Long.

Mining Awareness blog has more on populist enemy-of-Standard-Oil, Huey Long.

The Advocate – [Baton Rouge area] Monitoring saltwater intrusion is costly, but Ground Water Commission now must decide who will pay
Money needed to drill scavenger wells for saltwater information

MEXICO – quakes and volcanoes going off. See COMMENTS for details.


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

DNR Knows the Water is Getting Contaminated from Texas Brine’s Disaster

This 2012 DNR document shows Shaw Group (new name now) did a simulation study on migration of chloride from the Bayou Corne sinkhole into Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer and it showed the aquifer getting contaminated.

From Shaw Group – Bayou Corne Evaluation of Chloride Migration from Bayou Corne Sinkhole in Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer (MRAA), November 14, 2012

The study has charts showing the water levels all around Lake FUBAR and beyond.

Also we found this Nov. 2012 report from Isotech showing the amount of methane taken in their samples.

This 2012 DNR map of the area shows how much toxic crud is at risk of getting into the water should there be a big explosion or catastrophe at Lake FUBAR. See east of Lake FUBAR on the map. You can take this 2012 DNR status report and mark it all up with a red pencil.


Important St. Helena Parish Water Hearing is Wed.


If you have not already, please contact the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries about the use of water from the Amite River for fracking.

Under the Greenhouse Gas emissions agenda item we have sent around to Green Army again our points to help people compose letters to the editor. And there was a good letter in the BR Advocate this week supporting the Clean Power Plan written by Ron Curry, Administrator, USEPA Region 6. Also the Louisiana Public Service Commission has decided to go ahead with the Energy Efficiency programs which had been agreed to by all parties, then were suspended for six days, now they will proceed.

Under the Fracking agenda item Louisiana Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries is proceeding to hold a public hearing on Oct 29 to consider a Scenic Rivers permit application to withdraw water from the Amite River for fracking. The info is pasted in here below for your reference. We would like to see some turnout at the Oct 29 hearing to show that we don’t like our scenic rivers being used to supply water that will go into fracking and then will come back out as toxic waste.

Here is the info – LDWF will hold public hearing on Oct 29, 2014 to consider Scenic River permit application #906 to withdraw water from the Amite River for hydraulic fracturing. The permit application is submitted by Comstock Resources to withdraw 12.6 million gallons from the Scenic Amite River.

The hearing will be held on October 29
from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at:

St. Helena Parish Police Jury
17911 Highway 43 N
(Approximately 0.75 miles north of LA Hwy 10 along west shoulder of Hwy 43)
Greensburg, LA 70441

The public is invited to attend and provide comments to the Department. Written comments may be submitted now and will be accepted for a period of 15 days after the hearing. Written comments should be submitted to:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Scenic Rivers Program
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Keith Cascio
Scenic Rivers Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
368 CenturyLynk Drive
Monroe, Louisiana 71203
Phone: (318) 343-4045
Fax: (318) 345-0797

New Seafloor Map + Thursday News

BBC – Satellites detect ‘thousands’ of new ocean-bottom mountains < has graphics

“The roughness of the seafloor is important also as it steers currents and promotes mixing – behaviours that are critical to understanding how the oceans transport heat and influence the climate.”

NBC – Global Seafloor Survey Reveals Volcanic Wonderland

You have to pay to see the report. Supplement is on line – has maps and graphics.

>>>>> Explore The World’s Most Detailed Map Of The Seafloor, Released Today

Gulf of Mexico – Look at that big trench going up to Louisiana!



BOO-HOO! – Ebola outbreak disrupts Exxon’s oil drilling

Jefferson Parish and Plaquemines Parish – Public hearing denied for proposed coal terminal

Meanwhile, back at the ranch … helicorders continue to malfunction and ‘flare up’ with big seismic activity. heli_button

Yellowston Updated

St. Helena Parish – water grab attempt by Comstock Resources:


The Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, as administrator of Louisiana’s Scenic Rivers System, is currently considering Scenic River Permit Application numbers 902, 903, 904, 906, and 911 for water withdrawals from the Amite and Tickfaw Rivers associated with well fracturing. In response to a sufficient number of requests for public hearings on these applications received by the Department, and since these withdrawals are similar in nature and close together (within 12 miles of one another), the Department has decided to hold one hearing for all five applications. The hearing is being held to gather comments and information from all interested parties.

The hearing will be held on October 29, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at:

St. Helena Parish Police Jury
17911 Highway 43 N
(Approximately 0.75 miles north of LA Hwy 10 along west shoulder of Hwy 43)
Greensburg, LA 70441

The public is invited to attend and provide comments to the Department. Written comments may be submitted now and will be accepted for a period of 15 days after the hearing. Written comments should be submitted to:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Scenic Rivers Program
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

One response we have seen:

Comstock Resources, Inc. has filed virtually identical Permit Applications to withdraw ONRW water from the scenic Tickfaw into private ponds for use in hydraulic fracking operations along the river. We oppose the issuance of each permit. …

Water withdrawal(s) of 12,600,000 gallons of Outstanding National Resource Waters (ONRW) at each site, contamination of the water with 30 to 40 different chemicals, some of them toxic, and the drilling and production from commercial fracking well(s) along the river and within the watershed of the river will interfere with management and protection of the Scenic River.

Neither application for permits #902 or #903 considers the cumulative detrimental effects of the two proposed water withdrawals, contamination of the water, and of the drilling and production from two hydraulic fracking wells within a mile and within the watershed of the scenic river.

Comstock’s applications do not consider alternatives to withdrawal of water from the Scenic River, including use of surface water and non-potable sub-surface water.

Comstock’s applications do not mention the fact that the Scenic Tickfaw is designated for use by the Legislature for “fish and wildlife propagation”.

Comstock’s applications incorrectly deny the presence of any “protected, rare, endangered or threatened species” (PRETS) in the Scenic Tickfaw. There is no reference to analysis for the presence of PRETS and no discussion of strategies for minimizing or eliminating impacts to PRETS.

Comstock’s applications contain no analysis of the detrimental effects of the proposed water withdrawal and drawdown and the hydraulic fracking and production on the propagation of PRETS or the detrimental effects on the other fish, wildlife, biota, mussels, diatoms in the water column and in river bottom sediments.

Comstock’s applications do not identify the importance of public uses of the Scenic Tickfaw including recreation, swimming, fishing and canoeing.

Comstock’s applications fail to consider the effects on the scenic value and water quality of activities related to the water withdrawals that take place more than 100 feet from the Scenic Tickfaw River. These include drilling of hydraulic fracking well(s) and associated industrial activity including processing, storage and transportation in the proximity and within the watershed of the river.

Comstock’s applications fail to set out how it will employ DWF’s Best Management Practices for the proposed hydraulic fracking wells and associated industrial activities.

More on Texas Brine’s Waste (Toxic) Water Dump Plan

The AdvocateTexas Brine’s plans to discharge water into sinkhole draws concerns < has good graphic

Texas Brine Co.’s push for a five-year state permit to discharge salty groundwater with traces of benzene and toluene into the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole has drawn concerns from environmentalists and landowners near the swampland hole in Assumption Parish.

From Texas Brine –



Sent in:

To those who wish to voice their opposition,

DEQ will be accepting comments until 4:30 pm CST, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014.

Email your comments to DEQ.PUBLICNOTICES  ‘at’   LA.GOV

FAX to (225) 219-3309

Be sure to add the following at the top of your comments and put it in the “subject” portion of your email to make double sure that it gets in the right place: AI Number 182981, Permit Number LA0126917, and Activity Number PER20140001.

Here is what diligent resident, Mike Schaff has to say:

To:    Ms. Peggy Hatch
Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Re:    AI Number 182981, Permit Number LA0126917, and Activity Number PER20140001, Texas Brine, LLC,

MS. Hatch,
I would like to begin by reminding you of your department’s Mission Statement: “To provide service to the people of Louisiana through comprehensive environmental protection in order to promote and protect health, safety and welfare…”
I’ve lived in Assumption Parish my entire life. For more than century prior to the mid 1960’s, my family and our ancestors drew water from the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer (MRAA) for our potable water needs. With the advent of solution mining in the late 50’s, this water source slowly deteriorated to the point where we were required to find a new source for our water requirements.

That new source, purification of water from the Mississippi River via Bayou Lafourche, has failed us many times over the past few decades. In just the past two years since the sinkhole occurred, we’ve received several letters AFTER THE FACT that our water supply did not meet the required standards the month PRIOR to the letter being issued.

The point here is that man has not been very successful in trying to construct filters as efficient as Mother Nature has done herself.  We must not consider this aquifer a lost cause due to man’s voracious appetite for our finite resources. We MUST protect what little water supplies that we have… we must never let our decisions be made on what is more cost effective in the short term, but on what needs to be done to reverse the effects of the damages caused by this industry.

Keeping in mind that the sinkhole is directly connected to the aquifer, by allowing Texas Brine to return waste water from these vent wells is akin to allowing BP to skim the oil from the Gulf of Mexico and then dumping it back in the Gulf in a different location since it would not affect the quality of the water prior to skimming. This is ludicrous.

I ask you this question, Ms. Hatch, would you allow this waste water to be dumped into the Southern Hills aquifer in Baton Rouge? Would Texas Brine allow this waste to be trucked back to Texas and dumped into their own aquifers?

I think we know the answer to both of those questions. You would not allow it, as well you should not, we here in Bayou Corne and Assumption Parish demand that you not allow it here either.

The actions, inactions, statements and example that your department has set over the past 29 months in regard to the Bayou Corne / Grand Bayou manmade human environmental disaster has led to an extreme mistrust by most of us in the community of DEQ and the other state agencies. This is a chance for you to begin to heal those wounds… a chance for you to abide by your Vision Statement: “To be a respected steward of the State's environment.”

We respectfully request that you deny this permit application and have Texas Brine dispose of their waste water in an environmentally sound fashion by industries set up and properly licensed to deal with such wastes or by filtering and treating this water through industrial systems as required by all other members of industry in our state.

For the environment,

Mike Schaff
Resident of Paradise Stolen
Bayou Corne, Louisiana


 Scroll down to Sept. 8 to see earlier post on the meeting with more info.