“The situation is degrading.” Wilma Subra who lives near the sinkhole area has been working night and day.
They are finding shallow pockets of gas, seismic activity is increasing and new bubbling areas are appearing.
Sinkhole emergency accelerates: drillers hit gas, seismic activity
There are fifty-one oil and gas-related caverns in the 1-mile by 2-mile salt dome storage facility, the source of the declared state of emergency.
Two monitoring wells hit natural gas pockets at less than 50 feet between “the western edge of the Napoleonville Salt Dome and the Bayou Corne community.” Texas Brine, the operator of the salt dome nearest the sinkhole hit a shallow pocket of gas at 120′ and another at 420′ while drilling a well to assess conditions in the salt dome.
“The data indicated pockets of natural gas within the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer and the cap rock above the salt dome,” DNR stated. “That data came after DNR ordered Texas Brine to evaluate below ground conditions.
Some of the new bubbling sites are near a salt cavern where Crosstex stores 1.5 million barrels of highly volatile liquid butane.
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Robert Finne says
I suppose at some point they’ll just have to buy everyone out and declare the area uninhabitable. I can’t imagine that anyone is chomping at the bit to move back in there anyway.
Instead of “Shaleionaires” they are now creating “Domeionaires.”
Tim Ruggiero says
That same article also spoke of local ‘authorities’ fearing the possibility of an explosion due to a 36″ gas pipeline bent from the ground giving way underneath it.
It’s times like this that really makes me wonder how we’ve managed to survive as a species doing the same, if not worse, stupid shit time and time again. We never learn. And on the rare occasion we do learn, some brilliant mind like Tom Shepstone steps in and helps people unlearn it.
Between the story here and this story http://www.bellona.org/articles/articles_2012/Russia_reveals_dumps
I have concluded humans are the dumbest creatures to ever exist.
Why worry????? It’s just some of that CLEAN BURNING NATURAL GAS!!!!!! Ha, ha, ha.
BS flows from the GasHoles mouths!!!!
Fracking Crazy says
I have been reading;
“A Walk in the Woods”
Very interesting perspective and I would love to see what’s going on in Pennsylvania.
Now the book is several years old and speaks of a town in Pennsylvania that has been burning for 35 years because the coal beneath the town is on fire.
It’s said to have enough coal under the town to burn 1000 years.
It’s not the only town in Pennsylvania that has been on fire because of coal.
So now what is going to happen with all the gas that is getting fracked, and the pipelines, and the compressor stations when they meet the coal mines, and where is all of that in relation to all the fracking
are these burning coal mine(s)?
Or is there just a dozen people in the world that think about what Tim is referring to “stoopid shit”?!?!
Please Lord tell me there are more than just the people on this site who are truly paying attention.
LA is an interesting situation because of the salt domes, but really, does it take a rocket scientist to figure out that it may not be a good idea…
The most demented part of this whole thing, is we did this;
we(I) slept through years of this, trusting the politicians I elected and the Industries I thought cared about people.
And it’s the people who are not truly awake, who have allowed, and continue to allow this time of heinous crime to occur.
God Save Us
God Save America
Please protect us the American People (from Industry, because Industries are NOT people)
They are pumping gas into salt domes all over the place and making new ones even as I type.
I think they frack and gas goes everywhere. Some of it just happens to go up the drill pipe. Look at what happened in OK with the CHK blowout. That happened because gas from another CHK well leaked from a faulty casing and migrated to where CHK was drilling a new well. They hit that pocket of gas and BOOM!
Ah, that must be Centralia, PA. The coal bed caught fire from someone burning trash, where a coal seam was exposed. They say it’s too expensive now to try to make a fire line by mining, or excavate the burning areas. Yet, it will be a LONG time before it burn out, taking huge amount of coal with it, to say nothing of the pollution.
Ignoring problems like this will get really expensive.
Meanwhile, Portland OR & nearby water users could have a water crunch, if the radioactive plume in the Hanford WA hits the Columbia River. The only sure fire way to filter out the radioactive materials is reverse osmosis, not cheap. But, irrigating with, or drinking radioactive water is not a good idea.
Fracking Crazy says
It is Centralia, PA.
And where is this in location to the areas that are currently being fracked, and in location to new and existing pipelines?
Does anyone know?
I didn’t know how the fire started, but each time there’s a grass fire in TX, or a wild fire in other shale areas I get a little nervous about a big “kaBOOM”
kim Feil says
http://dnr.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/conservation/12.Assumption.Aug.Slide.Presentation.pdf Lots of charts and pictures…looks a like aplane is flying over to map the methane too…bout’ time!
Jenny L. says
“The 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane 458 meters (1500 feet) from the sinkhole could explode with force of more than 100 H-bombs”