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!

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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:

PUBLIC HEARING

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.

Monday News

New Orleans Times-PicayuneLouisiana’s regulation and inspection of oil and gas wells, including ‘orphaned’ wells, is inadequate, Legislative Auditor finds

The state Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation is doing an inadequate job of regulating and inspecting the state’s oil and gas wells, and is not properly overseeing a growing number of “orphaned” wells abandoned by private operators, according to a report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.

The result is an increasing state financial burden for cleaning up environmental problems caused by improperly operated wells and for plugging wells that have been abandoned by oil and gas companies, the report concluded. . . .

” . . .  Unlike other leading oil and gas production states — including Texas, Oklahoma and California — Louisiana has only required 25 percent of the state’s 57,819 wells to be properly covered by financial security agreements, the report said. That’s because the state’s financial security law that took effect in 2000 resulted in 18,000 wells being grandfathered, and state officials have found that another 24,000 wells meet exemption criteria set up by the law. . .  “

Gordon Dove: fox in the House Natural Resources Committee henhouse, or perhaps it’s just Louisiana Jindaltics as usual

LA TimesQuakes are increasing, but scientists aren’t sure what it means

[snip]   . . . The U.S. Geological Survey has been studying the increase in earthquakes larger than 3.0 in the central and eastern United States in recent years. There have been more than 100 a year on average in the last four years, up from 20 a year between 1970 to 2000.
The USGS studies suggest that the increased number of earthquakes coincides with the injection of wastewater deep underground, a process that occurs after an oil extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

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Fluid Movement at 4 A.M. Saturday

SATURDAY

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Lake Fubar sloshed – Here is the view from LA 12

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We missed this story Dutchsinse put out April 18thSIMULTANEOUS Eruption of plumes from Oil / Gas wells across multiple states (video)

SUNDAY

Lake FUBAR grumbles after 4:30 a.m. … you can see it on LA10-03. Two big twangs show at LA12 at 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.. Lots of magma on the move worldwide . . . see the Yellowstone news.

The Advocate – Ascension Parish – Whistleblowers claim Dupont hid leaks

By David J. Mitchell
Two days after firefighters showed up at DuPont’s Burnside facility in Ascension Parish to investigate a report of a gas cloud crossing River Road in May 2012, plant manager Tom Miller had a message for his workers.

At a meeting, Miller said the anonymous complaint to the Fire Department was the third to outside agencies about gas leaks at the plant — and the calls had to stop if they were being made by employees.

“You know, come forward with it and talk about it instead of calling agencies and stuff is my point,” said Miller, whose comments were being secretly recorded by one of the workers . . .

Also in The AdvocateTensions rise over saltwater intrusion into BR aquifers

Weekend News

SATURDAY

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Fluid Movement at 1 a.m. – shown well on LA12 but on most monitors. It calmed down. Then . . .

HUGE Fluid Movement after 3 p.m. Saturday that lasted over 2 hours! It was on most of the monitors but not all of them. Oddly, it was on the bottom borehole only at LA10 and on the upper borehole only at LA17. It showed a lot at LA12, 18 and 19.

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At 4:42 p.m. a large TWANG went off at LA21.
2.7 quake at Englewood, Tennessee < has map

NOTE: We added a link on the sidebar for our new YELLOWSTONE page ->

NEWS

Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

WBRZ – Pipeline owner seeks OK for pipeline abandonment

MONROE – Federal regulators have denied a request from American Midstream Partners to speed up consideration of its proposed abandonment of the Midla natural gas pipeline in Louisiana and Mississippi.
On Friday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission refused to shorten the objection period for people opposed to the abandonment. . . .

Accident-Waiting-To-Happen Dept.:

 SUNDAY

LOTS of sudden fluid movement at Lake FUBAR. It is shown well at LA10-03 (deepest borehole). It looks the same on the monitor as the chart shown above.

Late at night LA12 helicorder wouldn’t show and this error message came up. folkworm_error