In continuation from yesterday: Part 1
Texas Brine Press Conference – Gonzalez, LA – August 10, 2012:
Were the cover up began…
“Our fears and suspicions have been confirmed,” Martin Triche, president of the Assumption Parish Police Jury. “The cavern had failed.”
Note mandatory evacuations will ‘not’ be lifted until more test results come in from the cavern.
But what lead up to this?
The residents are wary of all they are being told. And they should be.
This as the Sinkhole continues to “eat up” more land.
Officials reported another large section of land was swallowed up by the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana. According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, a chunk of land about 30 feet by 50 feet fell in on the southeast side of the sinkhole in Bayou Corne.
Many trees and even part of the road collapsed into the massive “slurry.”
Officials said it happened near the area where crews with Texas Brine are working. Officials said a bubbling spot was noticed in Pierre Part and DEQ will take samples to determine if it is natural gas (swamp gas).
Needless to say they allege OEP monitored the area and detected no harmful risks.
“No matter what happens and what we find in this cavern we still have a sinkhole out here that something caused to occur.”
“There still is bubbling in the bayou and USGS reports there is seismic activity, so we’re still trying to find out what happened and in the mean time we have a sinkhole so we’re trying to put all the clues together ourselves,”
In Part 1 the video posted by Dutch stated this will affect all off the coasts of MS, LA & AL @ 3m @ 3:22 filling ‘in’ salt domes replacing it w toxic materials. 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane(turns into highly flammable vapor) (assump parrish sheriff a breach can be catastrophic) @ 3:33 , sinkhole collapse was near this deposit.
So then tell me, how can the OEP in turn tell them there are no harmful risks? At the end of this vid Dutch stated: “You wonder if you will get answers from local officials, you will be waiting a VERY long time’ (as evidenced at the Bayou Corne town hall meeting. Residents have already reported headaches and respiratory problems.
This interview was conducted on August 8, 2012 on Grand Bayou.
Grand Bayou residents, Randy Rousseau, Gina Vidros, and Rick Vidros as well as Bayou Corne resident, Shelley Hernandez. It shows how early on they were given disinformation. She relates how most of her family has had cancer @ 4:58. And the concern of what Texas Brine and what they have done and how it has affected these illnesses. She is adamant it is somehow related. She was ridiculed when she even suggested this. One man moved out of his home in November 2011. He said he had to get out and could not live there. ‘ How can you possibly even sleep at night in a place where you have no idea what’s going to happen?’ Referring to the chemicals, the pipelines running underneath you, swamps sinking he adds further, Ok, everything’s cool, I’m good. and still sleep at night?! So life became uneasy. It became fearful and no authorities would even listen.
In 21 years they have been evacuated four times. That’s abnormal. There is no peace of mind or quality of life. And still no one would listen! People were slowly killed off and moved out by the refineries that overtook their homes. DOW Chemical came in 2004 to sign papers for one of the ladies mothers who was dying of cancer. This mother warned Grand Bayou would be a ghost town overtaken by industry. She prophesized Bayou Corne would be next.
They call it ‘Cancer Alley’. From The Examiner:
Cancer Ally bayou parish hit again by catastrophic oil and gas human rights abuse. Bayou tremors, methane leaks months before oil catastrophe, Evacuation ordered. Two months of residents reporting “strong diesel” odors. People in Bayou Corne had been reporting a strong diesel smell and house tremors for weeks. “In late June, officials in Assumption Parish began discovering more than a dozen areas near Belle Rose, LA in and around Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou where the water is roiling from escaping methane, ethane and propane.”
In their own words:
Wilma Subra speaks to Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou residents about the sink hole in their community from Jason Berry on Vimeo.
She explains her experience on Salt Dome. This lets you know that they are trying to cover themselves from potential lawsuits.
Wilma Subra, President of Subra Company. Subra Company is a chemistry lab and environmental consulting firm in New Iberia, LA. According to CNN Chemist Wilma Subra is an environmental warrior takes on industry.
Wilma speaks to the residents of Bayou Corne, LA and Grand Bayou, LA about the giant sinkhole that has developed over a salt dome in their community owned by the Texas Brine Co. This meeting took place in Bayou Corne, LA on August 8, 2012.
These interviews were conducted by LEAN. The purpose of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) is to foster cooperation and communication between individual citizens and corporate and government organizations in an effort to assess and mend the environmental problems in Louisiana. LEAN’s goal is the creation and maintenance of a cleaner and healthier environment for all of the inhabitants of this state.
This in fact began early September 2010, Texas Brine began reworking the cavern well.
Map of the Bayou Corne sinkhole incident:
Here is the Timeline:
* The well was first permitted in April 15, 1982 for the mining of salt water brine from the Napoleonville Salt Dome.
* Oxy Geismar Well No. 3 (serial number: 180708) is the cause of the sink hole.
* In 1995 Texas brine received permission from Louisiana Department of Natural Resources to pump soil contaminated with Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) into the well.
* In early September 2010, Texas Brine began reworking the cavern well, milling a section of salt higher than the existing cavern roof, at 3,400 feet deep, to see if the upper strata could be mined. A DNR permit for that work was issued in May 2010.
* In 2011 the well failed a pressure test showing that the integrity of the well had been lost. Texas Brine Company sent a letter to Louisiana Department of Natural Resources reporting the failed test and expressing concern over the possibility that “a breach out of the salt dome appears possible.”
* On June 6, 2011 the well bore above the cavern was plugged with cement.
The diesel fuel present at the site is from the “diesel blanket;” a layer of diesel fuel put into the brine filled cavern to protect the cavern roof and steel well casings.
And that is where Part 3 will pick up. The things these companies use to ‘plug’ up their mess ups. And that is the true damage my friends.