Official Statement: Methane accumulating 20 feet underground near community by giant Louisiana sinkhole — “Immediate actions… to protect public safety” mentioned (AUDIO)

Published: November 8th, 2012 at 2:25 am ET


Title: Office of Conservation Calls for Cooperative Effort in Methane Testing of Bayou Corne Structures
Source: Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana
Date: November 7, 2012
Emphasis Added

Conservation-ordered shallow well monitoring network detects natural gas pressure near community at 20-to-40-foot depth

Louisiana Commissioner of Conservation James Welsh today announced that the Office of Conservation will be coordinating with the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in seeking permission from property owners to do additional monitoring of Bayou Corne community homes to test for the accumulation of methane believed to be connected to the failure of Texas Brine’s cavern.

[…] Welsh said the action is being taken in response to analysis and review of data provided by the network of 18 shallow monitoring wells the Office of Conservation instructed its contracted agent, Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, to install in and around the community. […]

That monitoring-well network has detected underground natural gas at low pressure in an area shallower than the primary aquifer […]

Welsh said that while the Office of Conservation will continue to take immediate actions as needed to protect public safety, the Office will also continue to hold Texas Brine LLC accountable […]

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Published: November 8th, 2012 at 2:25 am ET


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14 comments to Official Statement: Methane accumulating 20 feet underground near community by giant Louisiana sinkhole — “Immediate actions… to protect public safety” mentioned (AUDIO)

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    Glad they are finally talking about protecting the people in the area. I am glad the gas is only at low pressure. What worries me is that if the gas and crude are being introduced to the geological formations at or below the base of the salt layer, then it has to have nearly saturated every void space from bottom to top. That is scary because even when the bubbling slows down and they declare that they have removed all the gas from the aquifer, there may be substantial pockets throughout the layers.

    Another thing that popped in my head is that Texas Brine has been held responsible for a lot of things that may not be directly related to their screw up in the cavern. Before you start crucifying me think about it. There have been explosions which investigators believe are from natural gas far away from this site. There is the well in Unknown location leaking Unknown substance far from the salt dome collapse. They may be justified in contesting the full bill but I do not think they should be let off the hook for the sinkhole. I am just saying that it might be time to start looking for whoever caused the natural gas to be leaking all over southern Louisiana(My magic 8 ball says BP).

    God bless the souls in the path of this brewing disaster.

  • irhologram

    Why would you believe them when they say the methane is at low pressure, when they already said that before and THEN said it WASN'T and now say it is?

    Also the expansive of this gas is now into 28 STATES!

    • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

      It's not in 28 states, it's 28 sites around that sinking hole. This is no time to make things worse than they already are. Granted things are bad but the unknowns are what bothers me most.

      • kalidances

        "The Mississippi River is the chief river of the largest river system in North America. Flowing entirely in the United States (though its drainage basin reaches into Canada), it rises in northern Minnesota and meanders slowly southwards for 2,530 miles (4,070 km) to the Mississippi River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico. With its many tributaries, the Mississippi's watershed drains all or parts of 31 US states and 2 Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. The Mississippi ranks as the fourth longest and tenth largest river in the world. The river either borders or cuts through the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana."

        Where the Mississippi flows so do it's contaminants…

  • irhologram

    I meant expansion of the gas. Also why would you believe they intend to DO something to protect the people from this statement:
    Welsh said that while the Office of Conservation will continue (will "continue"???) to take immediate actions as needed (as "needed"???…aren't these people drinking methane in their water RIGHT NOW WHETHER THIS EXPLODES OR NOT? {see above link}) to protect public safety. I JUST SEE THIS AS MORE PARSING OF WORDS.

    If you ask me, the only low pressure with respect to this story is US, people who KNOW what's going on…while many here, through denial and sophisticated argument… do not bring strong pressure to bear to at least DEMAND answers.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      I signed a petition with the White House requesting a federal team be appointed to oversee the incident and determination of the exact nature of the incident. Approximately 900 individuals signed it. Were you one? I have taken steps to see that my family is safe and provided for should the worst case scenario occurs. I have freely posted my beliefs and suspicions even when ridiculed. I have shared the unfolding story with my family and friends. I have said many prayers for the people in the area of the sinkhole (usually includes anyone effected by it and I let god sort out who that is.) If I could go down there and do something I would but I cannot.

      How would you suggest I improve that irhologram?

  • ftlt

    The headline here is ridiculous given the person interrupting her and the show she was on… A show that is cited over and over on here… And has invited the likes of Helen and Arnie to speak out on the dangers of nuclear power to the earth…
    Democracy Now is not the enemy and never has been…
    Get a grip, gang…
    Obama was the story of the night… Whom along – with his regimes policies – D.N.has been consistent in and has the lead of objecting to all the time… Let's keep things in perspective here

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Right ftlt! It was appropriate for Amy to interrupt Helen. They were having a side conversation while waiting for the election results. It is done that way on all the networks and is not considered disrespectful, however annoying it may seem. But, sweet of people to champion Helen all the same, but sad to take it out on Amy. We need them both and should continue to hold them both in high regard.

  • ftlt

    Oups – Sorry posted above on wrong story

  • irhologram

    Sorry, poor eye sight. My (VERY) BAD. THANK YOU FOR POINTING THIS OUT. Where it said "sites" I read "states." BUT as you say, it IS bd enough. And, after all, methane has been found to be in multiple states. I'll try and research how many, but must run right now. Just dropped in to appologize.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    I recently read a very good description of what the hydrocarbon industry uses to try and win their argument that the science of global warming is wrong or a hoax, and therefore not occurring. I think the basic concept can apply here, too. While there are probably some who are trying to obstruct or withhold details to save their sorry asses, i think that most geologists, extraction experts, etc, are truly stymied about this sinkhole, which, for me is the scary part – not the obfuscation in this case.

    Here's how the argument goes –
    Because scientists don't know everything about global warming, they, therefore know nothing.

    This is very dangerous uncritical thinking. The fact remains that while DEQ and others did not believe that methane was a safety risk and cold be moving about near communities, an agency nevertheless did the testing and changed their thinking based upon the new information. That is how science, thinking, learning works. We must support these people in re-examining their prior held thoughts, not denigrate them for finding their way to agreeing with us.

  • irhologram

    VIC, surely you must be kidding. While this past summer was the hottest on record, FOR THE PAST 10 years, we have been in global cooling and the polar ice caps on ALL other planets that have them are ALSO melting. So while OUR ice caps have been melting, the climate has been COOLING. While this may be due to chemtrailing which I'm sure you also don't believe exists, the CARBON TAX and subsequent money making for these whoring oilists who both pollute and charge us for it, is not a designated fund to fix what they plunder. It isn't the hydrocarbon industry that's arguing global warming is a hoax, so far as I know…and, in fact, it was their own internal e-mails that exposed the scam in the first place, so far as I know. The obfuscation IS THE SCARY part. It makes YOU stand down, while you should be STANDING UP for people who are breathing methane, drinking methane…knowing that methane KILLS. Critical thinking? You betcha. How about thinking without the cliff notes of the politically correct? How about connecting the dots? We have methane bubbling and flaming out of water faucets. We have the Sherrif saying this could blow to kingdom come. We have a geologist saying it's high pressure and he was wrong to say it was low pressure. And we have a government SAYING NOTHING. But stay calm and don't EXCERT PUBLIC PRESSURE. Just let pundit, expert, science do what they do, which, Vic, is OBFUSCATE. They are stymied by this event? Oh, duh.

    • richard richard

      irhologram, you reinforce my view that global climate change deniers are chemtrail believers. there seems to be some intent on denying the problems of carbon emmissions and making up some other story to cover for it.

      maybe it's simply a concern for being taxed a bit more. so since the hip-pocket is being affected, create a convoluted story to justify continued exploitation of oil and other carbon emitters. blame some other fanciful 'thing'.

      in my books, a carbon tax makes sense. (and I read a suggestion of radioactive emmissions tax.. i like that one).

      there's a price to be paid for wrecking havoc on the environment for our creature comforts. the higher the price (in dollars), the more people may actually pay some attention to the matter.

      at the same time, carbon taxes should be applied to renewable energy systems. begin the transition, today. (although i suspect it's way to late).