Feds keeping sinkhole info secret — State Rep: They’re doing detailed monitoring right now and just not telling us about it — US Gov’t hasn’t taken over yet because it’s about revenue (VIDEO)

Published: November 14th, 2012 at 4:30 pm ET
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Title: Bayou Corne Resident Meeting With La. State Representatives (Informal)
Published: rainbeaudais
Date: Nov. 8, 2012
Published: Nov. 10, 2012

At 1:08:30 in

Louisiana State Representative Joe Harrison: I’m gonna tell you something, the infrared satellite vision that they have, these things can tell you more than you ever imagined. I leaned a lot about that during the BP thing. At the base where they’re at, they can tell you more things and actual chemical compound makeups with their equipment than I ever imagined they could. And they’re doing that right now, it’s being monitored.

Resident 1: They’re doing it through infrared?

Harrison: Yes ma’am they’re just not giving us the information.

Resident 2: Who is they?

Harrison: The federal government [...] This thing just seems to escalate [...] They need somebody to tie it all together [...] It needs to be declared a disaster. Once it’s declared a disaster, a whole new set of rules and regulations are enforced. [...]

Resident: What can we do to help push that along?

Harrison: They’re concerned about the viability of the highway [...] hit them where their pockets are. They really care about revenue [...] When you say you shut down Interstate 70 [...] Morgan City is a major thoroughfare for the energy industry [...] Forced evacuation was a second thing [...] Revenue is the big thing right now, I can tell you [...]

Once the feds take over that’s when things will happen. We’re in an in-between stage right now.

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20 comments to Feds keeping sinkhole info secret — State Rep: They’re doing detailed monitoring right now and just not telling us about it — US Gov’t hasn’t taken over yet because it’s about revenue (VIDEO)

  • Anthony Anthony

    You just know this is really bad.


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    • eatliesndie eatliesndie

      It just seems to look worse every day. A month ago I would have laughed at the idea of Louisiana blowing up. Didn't seem possible. Now the idea doesn't seem at all unrealistic.


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  • arclight arclight

    cant get audio since my post on the cameron.. future nominee to the nobel peace prize/sarc (/sarc i think?)

    military grade secrecy for all things corporate.. its got to stop!!


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  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    umm, sinkhole has grown, new flyovers available

    Geez

    http://www.youtube.com/user/assumptionla


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  • gladys a milyon gladys a milyon

    It's happening . Australia gas fields are leaking methane. Core-exit. Looks like it does exactly what it says it will do.


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  • garjackson

    Do people from Bayou Corne area read this website? They should. And they should be pretty happy about this news because

    YOU NOW HAVE A GAME PLAN FOLKS

    Get to work! Make your case! The economic case for what would happen if you close that highway.

    READ IT AGAIN

    "They’re concerned about the viability of the highway [...] hit them where their pockets are. They really care about revenue [...] When you say you shut down Interstate 70 [...] Morgan City is a major thoroughfare for the energy industry [...] Forced evacuation was a second thing [...] Revenue is the big thing right now, I can tell you [...] Once the feds take over that’s when things will happen. We’re in an in-between stage right now.


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  • concerned_citizen

    Okay, so the federal government *does* know about the event and still there's no media coverage on it or intervention (other than the DHS involvement/monitoring) ….sounds intentional. Sounds like they have equipment (infrared satellite vision) used during the BP incident that could identify and answer A LOT of questions, doesn't it? If they know the "why" to its happening then isn't it a good probability they also can predict what is to happen next? They are monitoring — watching from a distance.

    That's the problem with the situation now that those working on it don't have any answers (…or at least that's what they've told the public.) Sounds like that could also be very intentional given the upper hand in this situation. Still, leaves a whole lot of questions without answers.


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  • aigeezer aigeezer

    I've been trying to find out what Louisiana State Representative Joe Harrison might be about – what side is he on and why?

    I got to his website and found a "meet Joe" page http://www.joeharrison.us/meet-joe

    It says in part "Education St. Patrick’s Military Academy, Harriman, New York",

    "State of Louisiana Appointments and Committees
    Appropriations
    Education/Sub Committee of Appropriations
    Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget
    Natural Resources and Environment
    Judiciary
    Chairman of the Bayou Lafourche Diversion
    Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
    Select Joint Committee on Oversight of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility
    Supreme Court Ad-Hoc Committee – Board Member
    Seafood Promotion Board – House Advisor",

    "Public Service

    Republican Party Central Committeeman, District 51",

    "Profession
    … I am president of Harrison Financial Services, a company founded in 1988 and now under the expert management of my son, Shawn. Our focus is on financial planning, employee benefits and insurance and is located at…"

    I think I see where he is coming from. May we have the next witness, please.


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    • aigeezer aigeezer

      One more item. I couldn't get this link to work for a while, but it seems to be fine now. Joe Harrison is a member of the Energy Council:

      "The Energy Council is a legislative organization comprised of 11 energy-producing states, five Canadian provinces and the nation of Venezuela." (Who knew?)

      http://legis.la.gov/boards/board_members.asp?board=786

      I have no idea what this implies.


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      • Maggie123

        Aigeezer – thanks for digging for info. Membership on The Energy Council sure suggests pro-traditional energy interests. It's good that "transparency" turns out to be available whether or not individual 'actors' happen to supply or omit info!


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  • dosdos dosdos

    7 acres of sinkhole, about 100 acres of subsidence, at this point.


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  • Usefulbreather

    I'm sure they are very good people but any jury consultant will tell you that they are withholding information from the people in attendance. It is written all over their faces and in their almost constant fidgeting. I am not criticizing, because I'm sure it felt like a firing squad to them and I'm sure they are sincere in their concern, but politics are clearly being placed over people. She even said it takes a domino effect of leaning to get the right authorities to take action. It is pure political theatre, not unlike the Petraus distraction. These people deserve better than this not only from local, but state and federal officials. I agree with whoever asked where the governor has been. My goodness, this could be the biggest news story in the world overnight and he isn't even a dispassionate observer. The campaign is over…where are our leaders? Thanks to those that did show up, it was just another example of the total lack of a sense of urgency.


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  • Ibuiltthis Ibuiltthis

    The request to EPA on August 23rd for an area chemical survey, was completed and report prepared by August 25th.
    http://dnr.louisiana.gov/assets/OC/Bayou.Corne.Draft.epa.pdf

    They are now providing as little info as possible. I would love to see someone who knows what they are talking about show up for one of these meetings…


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  • Jebus Jebus

    This video is the epitome of the definition of the ancient phrase of "Bread and Circuses"

    Did ya notice the bad cop's horns, created by her glasses on her head…


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  • jec jec

    Its all about politics and elections. Now the pres has won..the drip drip of information will start. The "playbook" rules are being followed….like Japan…


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