Title: Officials seek gas source
Source: The Advocate
Author: BY DAVID J. MITCHELL
Date: December 10, 2012
Dangerous hydrogen sulfide gas was detected Friday in fumes coming from crude oil [...]
Company officials said Friday Texas Brine is looking at equipment to scrub the possibly sulfur-laden oil and put it in sealed transport containers to prevent any H2S releases.
“They are looking into ways to address the hydrogen sulfide issue and the sulfur in the oil,” said Sonny Cranch, spokesman for the Houston-based company. [...]
That the oil has sulfur content is not unheard of, although Louisiana is more often known for its “sweet” crude, which has a low sulfur content. “Sour” crude has higher sulfur content. [...]
John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, acknowledged that discovery of hydrogen sulfide from the oil fumes may point to the source of the gas being different in the investigatory well than the vent well. The oil was sampled for direct testing, he said. [...]
Title: Bayou Frack-Out: The Massive Oil and Gas Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of
Author: Mike Ludwig
Date: Dec 6, 2012
[...] Romero said he sometimes smells the sinkhole, which sits behind a tree line on the other side of a nearby state road. The morning before the interview, he said, was the first time the fumes came into his house. The air outside was heavy and thick, and soon the smell was inside, hanging low about the house. [...]
Romero probably smelled the stench of the crude oil floating on the top of the sinkhole. [...]
Romero is concerned about radioactive material that was produced by Texas Brine’s mining operation more than a decade ago. [...]
In 1995, Texas Brine asked state authorities for permission to dump “low amounts” of soils containing underground radioactive material into the cavern that is now collapsed. [...]
Texas Brine’s Cranch said there was a “serious discussion” about storing the NORM in the cavern, but that never happened. Instead, he said, the company left the material near the wellhead and above ground, as allowed by state law. Cranch said NORM has a “low level” of radiation and a “low half-life.” [...]
Title: Garland Robinette
Source: WWL Radio
Date: December 3, 2012
Chemist Wilma Subra, LEAN Technical Advisor: A number of them come back on a daily basis to check on what’s going on with their homes and as a result of that they’re developing health impacts during the time period when they’re there and being exposed so we at LEAN have been doing what we call symptom logs that the send us when they do have health impacts associated with being back in the area. And we’ve compiled that data and it’s also on the LEAN website.
Garland Robinette: What kind of health impacts?
Subra: Headaches, sore throat, nose irritation, burning and watery eyes. Really acute impacts the minute they get to the area they start experiencing these, and then after they leave the area, over time they start dissipating, but when they go back the next day or in a couple of days they develop them again.
Published: December 10th, 2012 at 3:56 pm ET