Governor: Deadly hydrogen sulfide could be released if Sinkhole No. 2 forms — Warns of possible increased instability in and around site (VIDEO)

Published: March 12th, 2013 at 2:57 am ET
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WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, March 11, 2013: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says he’ll visit the site of a massive sinkhole next week that has swallowed nine acres of land in swampy Assumption Parish.  And, his office warned of the possibility of increased instability in and around the site. [...] THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE RELEASED THIS INFORMATION MONDAY AFTERNOON REGARDING THE CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR OXY-GEISMAR NO. 1 CAVERN: [...] The major factors that could impact public safety if the Oxy-Geismar No. 1 cavern were to collapse are the development of a new sinkhole and the release of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from the cap rock. [...]

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The Advocate, March 11, 2013: [...] State regulators say no signs have been detected for the failure of Oxy 1 but major public safety risks from such a failure would include a new sinkhole and the release of hydrogen sulfide gas, Jindal’s statement says. The gas is lethal at high enough concentrations. Oxy 3, the cavern that failed, had already raised concerns about the integrity of La. 70, but Oxy 1 is about 500 feet closer than Oxy 3 . The caverns are on the same Texas Brine site south of La. 70 and east of the existing sinkhole. [...]

KLFY, March 11, 2013: [...] Governor Jindal has also ordered state officials to prepare a series of contingency plans to respond to anything from a sudden increase in the size of the sinkhole to the release of potentially deadly hydrogen sulphide gas.

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16 comments to Governor: Deadly hydrogen sulfide could be released if Sinkhole No. 2 forms — Warns of possible increased instability in and around site (VIDEO)

  • WindorSolarPlease

    They have been smelling rotten eggs for awhile now, which is the smell of hydrogen sulfide. What's a little more (SARC)

    Where is Bobby Jindal Waldo, and does anyone remember who is he?

    CLICK>>>http://enenews.com/watch-officials-call-state-police-sinkhole-after-company-kept-dangerous-gas-secret-24-hours-people-smelled-hydrogen-sulfide-homes-thinking-rotten-eggs-video

    There is something wrong when all these corporations can be allowed to do so much damage.


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  • Lion76 Lion76

    A contingency plan is a plan devised for an outcome other than in the usual (expected) plan.[1]
    It is often used for risk management when an exceptional risk that, though unlikely, would have catastrophic consequences. Contingency plans are often devised by governments or businesses. For example, suppose many employees of a company are traveling together on an aircraft which crashes, killing all aboard. The company could be severely strained or even ruined by such a loss. Accordingly, many companies have procedures to follow in the event of such a disaster. The plan may also include standing policies to mitigate a disaster's potential impact, such as requiring employees to travel separately or limiting the number of employees on any one aircraft.
    During times of crisis, contingency plans are often developed to explore and prepare for any eventuality. During the Cold War, many governments made contingency plans to protect themselves and their citizens from nuclear attack. Examples of contingency plans designed to inform citizens of how to survive a nuclear attack are the booklets Survival Under Atomic Attack, Protect and Survive, and Fallout Protection, which were issued by the British and American governments. Today there are still contingency plans in place to deal with terrorist attacks or other catastrophes.


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  • irhologram

    Now an earthquake in a salt dome 150 miles away under the ocean floor. What does it mean when a salt dome disintegrates under the ocean floor. Would that also lead to domino collapse of adjacent salt domes? A recent post described faults running through salt domes. Am I remembering that right? So salt domes already have fractures? Those "fissures" have been there a long time, right? So one would assume they will remain stable? Could it be said that further collapse of caverns in Napolianville is inevitable? Is this because of the loss of the adjacent dome's supporting wall? Is it because of seismic pressure from adjacent collapse quakes? OR is the breach from the bottom up? what is the mechanism of failure in Oxy 1? Why is H2S now so significantly more of a problem with Oxy 1?


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    How many months has this gone on, and now there's 'official' word about the potential for an H2S release, when the locals have been smelling it almost since the beginning?

    Public safety is clearly a non-issue down there, until a high-profile attorney shows up. Disgusting.


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    • rainbeaudais rainbeaudais

      There have been no reports of anyone smelling H2S, or rotten eggs that I am aware of. The posted ENENews article is from when it was first discovered months ago, and the well was P&A'd. Then it was discovered a second time in the relief well, and was flared/scrubbed.

      True, if Oxy 1 goes, that danger is there. But nothing has changes as of yet regarding public safety because of this high profile attorneys appearance, or Mr Jundalmeeting with officlas.

      Unless, he plans on waiting until next Wed. to tell us we have to leave.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Could be"..seems to be the 'experts favorite word.
    Work backwards..on this..
    Why wouldn't there be?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS.Here is the Southern Louisiana Salt and Fault Map …again.
    For any of those looking for indication of fault activity.

    http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&p=louisiana+salt+and+fault+map

    The area is like..a set of sea worn stairs..because it is.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I have no idea why the legend is always separate..

    http://www.cic.lsu.edu/Sinkhole/Domes_Legend.jpg


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  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    http://www.factmonster.com/encyclopedia/science/hydrogen-sulfide.html
    "Hydrogen sulfide is found naturally in volcanic gases and in some mineral waters."
    "It is a part of many unrefined carbonaceous fuels, natural gas, crude oil, and coal"
    "It is obtained as a byproduct of refining such fuels."
    Since levels of radioactivity had also been detected it leads us to the possible
    aromatic radiofluorination from radio-surrogates including the possiblity of at least
    hidrogen fluoride and uranium flourides with or without heat present, as it is also found at Oak Ridge Molten Salt Reactor neuclear facility.
    http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=5538&page=1
    Bad news should that be present. Just my 2 cents worth.


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  • THE PLOT THICKENS. Is there a buried volcano in Louisiana?

    So far it's only the strange-news alternative media that are reporting about a 1976 geological study presented to the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies which stated that there was a buried volcano in South East Louisiana – coincidentally the same area now affected by the sinkhole. See links here:
    http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/2013/03/volcano-news-volcano-buried-in-s.html


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  • Underground storage of oil began as early as 1915 but 1961 is when it really began in earnest. In order to store any kind of liquid substance you have to pump natural gas in the salt dome or aquifer to force the stored material to the top. But even if you force all the stored material to the top there are certain amounts of natural gas that will always remain "unrecoverable." I always thought, that the nations oil reserves were in tanks above ground not in mother earth. Also domes and caverns run laterally a lot of the times so inter-connectedness is a big issue. They really made a huge error in judgement when they decided to store various materials including radioactive waste underground. A domino effect is inevitable with no real control. In my opinion a series of events or collapses could lead to others. Lets remember there is water beneath ground which eats away at salt also. Whoever thought it would be alright to store toxic materials underground had there head screwed on backwards. Just another example of the rape of mother earth for which we will, and are, dearly paying for. This is the tip of the iceberg, because these domes are adjacent to fault lines and oceans and the list goes on. If we are having a shift in tectonic plates such as the ring of fire, all these underground domes and caverns will be affected. This lust for oil and money is just pure insanity and could have been avoided. Tesla developed a free energy system and they squelched it because of greed!


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