People need to know if radioactive waste is coming up from the ground in area of giant sinkhole -Legal Expert

Published: November 27th, 2012 at 2:03 pm ET
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Follow-up to: Newspaper: Officials concerned about radioactive material below giant Louisiana sinkhole

Title: La. needs to get to bottom of the sinkhole and radiation
Source: Stuart H. Smith
Date: Nov 27, 2012
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[...] In the ongoing saga of the Bayou Corne sinkhole — the collapsing salt dome that has forced about 150 people out of their homes some 70 miles west of New Orleans — this has always been a concern ever since the earliest reports of bubbling swamp waters and foul odors, that some of the stuff coming up from under the ground will include unsafe levels of radiation. (It was just last week that we learned that toxic hydrogen sulfide was released as the owner, Texas Brine Co,, is working to vent and burn off gases from the troubled dome.)

Now, in just the latest in what seems like a never-ending stream of bad news about what’s been taking place under the Louisiana bayou, state officials are investigating whether radioactive waste was once buried there by Texas Brine Co. [...]

Earlier this year, I joined with local activists like the Louisiana Bucket Brigade in calling for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to step in and take over the responsibilities of the Louisiana DEQ, which has been both overmatched and far too favorable to Big Oil and other industries. This is a textbook example of why. The people of Bayou Corne need to know what’s coming up from the ground, and they need to know whether that includes radioactive waste. And if Louisiana can’t provide those answers, they need to bring in someone who can.

Watch discussion concerning radioactivity around the sinkhole here

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10 comments to People need to know if radioactive waste is coming up from the ground in area of giant sinkhole -Legal Expert

  • or-well

    I'm sure someone could be
    "persuaded" to talk…
    dangled over a pool of hungry crocs -
    "gator-boarded" wearing nothing but socks!
    But that's probably against some law.

    I know, I've got crazy stuck in my craw,
    best everyone settle and have a chaw,
    then spit, try and hit the dancing spittoon
    full of what? that's dodging around the room -
    the one in the back of the "Petro Saloon",
    where good ol boys deal and Miss Money croons.


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  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    "…The people of Bayou Corne need to know what’s coming up from the ground, and they need to know whether that includes radioactive waste…."

    I beg to differ. The people of Bayou Corne need to know when anyone is EVER going to get the natural gas and oil to STOP leaking out from sinkhole so they can GO HOME.

    Seriously, Mr. Smith… do you think you're ever going to get the DEQ cronies to give you *real* figures? Forget Texas Brine – plausible denial or 15-year-old hearsay.

    You would have been much better off getting a court order to seize some of the first oily waste or a few of the air sampler canisters. That would have been all you need to get started. Independent testing isn't only good evidence, it's absolutely necessary: the LA political cronies own all DEQ testing.

    Of course, that would mean a court order from a Louisiana judge. Hmmm… maybe that's not such a good idea. OK, at least get some pipe scale off of something that was used for Oxy 3. NORM is pretty location-specific. When actinides start showing up in the bayou, you will can get them to dig up the fuel rods or whatever they buried there. They'll love that one. The scale is probably way over limit anyways.

    How about this: the remediation guys dragged that first radioactive slop across state lines to burn in Texas. Isn't that illegal?

    If nothing else, wait for the DEQ/Shaw sham contractors to show up and see who's bankrolling the scam this time around.


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  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    Whatever happened to the notion or the idea of the needs ond/or good of the community outweighing any value to any company….???!!! There should be lawyers who are fighting for the good of the people, their air, their water, making sure their homes don't explode or sink or have any other toxic substance ….. I get so damn angry!


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      The research is from a Legal Expert thus I think the sharks are a swimming to or-wells' Miss Money Croons.


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      Me too..PurpleRain Our Earth needs protection, it should be declared a living thing that supports all other living things and cherished with all the power the individual can muster. Polluters should have to pay into a fund for attorneys. All law schools should act on behalf of our planet.. I have watched the video of the "event" a dozen times.. makes me so sick and sad. death where there once was life. You can not undo death. :(


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      • Radio VicFromOregon

        Cataclysmic, your statement is one of the best sentences i have ever read. "Our Earth needs protection, it should be declared a living thing that supports all other living things and cherished with all the power the individual can muster".


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  • Sickputer

    The legal beagle Stuart sez: "Earlier this year, I joined with local activists like the Louisiana Bucket Brigade in calling for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to step in and take over the responsibilities of the Louisiana DEQ, which has been both overmatched and far too favorable to Big Oil and other industries".

    SP: Careful Stuart, you might get what you wish for. Trading in the coon asses for the slick suits from Washington might be like inviting your hound dogs to guard the fresh cooked Christmas turkey.

    You won't get any relief from the feds…they have back problems from all the industry scions patting them on the back and severe bursa sac issues in their hip pockets. These folks all sleep together tighter than a hillbilly family on vacation in Branson.

    I do admire your spunk in rattling their cage though.


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  • Sickputer

    Rest assured the toxic sinkhole in Cajun Land will get the full and undivided attention of the national media just like the 2008 Tennessee coal ash disaster:

    http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/2008/12/22/coal-ash-slurry-pond-bursts-in-tennessee/

    In laymen's terms… You folks near the sinkhole better bend over and kiss your asses goodbye because there won't be any tears shed for your sorrow by the fatcats at Texas Brine and all the bureaucrats hanging on to hopes of a fat retirement check. If you are looking for justice she is blind, hogtied, and thrown in the swamp as alligator bait.

    But if you want to do something then then just tell the truth on the Internet. Tell a friend, tell 8,000. Technology is the key to saving a damaged planet. Perhaps we got this tool too late for some places, maybe even some countries. But it is worth trying. History has taught us that bullies can be beaten no matter how strong they may seem. Truth can't fix everything and liars often win. But we keep trying because we are intelligent beings.


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