Officials: ‘Code 2’ alert at giant sinkhole — “Elevated subsurface activity” — Access ramp has sloughed in

Published: March 28th, 2013 at 1:52 pm ET


Title: 12:15 p.m. Advisory from the Office of Conservation
Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury
Date: Mar 28, 2013

The Office of Conservation, in consultation with Assumption Parish Incident Command, is advising the public that the Oxy 3/sinkhole monitoring alert status has been raised to Code 2 – requiring all work directly in and over the sinkhole to cease until further notice. Seismic monitoring has detected elevated subsurface activity in the area around the sinkhole and Oxy 3 area indicative of fluid and gas movement below the sinkhole, and a further slough-in was observed along the southeastern side of the sinkhole this morning, with the access ramp from the Oxy 3 well pad to the sinkhole having sloughed in, along with several trees on either side of the ramp. The seismic activity is limited to the Oxy 3/sinkhole area, showing no indication of impact to the Oxy 1 area. Monitoring is constantly ongoing in the area and Conservation will continue to advise the public of significant changes in subsurface conditions

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Published: March 28th, 2013 at 1:52 pm ET


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19 comments to Officials: ‘Code 2’ alert at giant sinkhole — “Elevated subsurface activity” — Access ramp has sloughed in

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Wasn't someone talking about how 'safe' the seafood is down South?

    'Gulf Seafood Deformities Alarm Scientists'

    "It's almost two years since BP's oil
    disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Now,
    scientists say they have found deformities
    among seafood and a great decline in
    the numbers of marine life.

    The 'horribly mutated' creatures living
    in the Gulf. Fish, shrimp, and crabs are
    missing eyes and suffering strange
    deformities, according to a harrowing
    new report – yet the FDA insists the
    seafood's safe to eat.

    Shrimp born without eyes, clawless crabs,
    and fish with visible tumors are among
    the "horrible mutated" marine animals
    found in the waters off the Gulf Coast,
    according to a new report from Al Jazeera."

    I post this as a warning to all that live down there.

    • Thad

      This article is a re-run of a re-run of Al Jazeera 2010- the only thing up to date was the latest date of posting. Original was in question as there was a limited number of pics -some re-used by flipping. Peer group question as there was no data base from prior to the spill for comparison.. Some shrimpers commented that they sometime saw such prior to the spill.
      Believe what you wish but reproduction was NOT effected. NOAA and La state data show 2011-'12- were record harvest for shrimp- above pre-2010. So far '13 appears to be a repeat–

      MarkWW could find nothing about problem with seafood in Corpus– as it is 320 miles SW and well upcurrent from any pollution from BP/MC252 crude so not related– if anything it is crap out of Mexico

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Well, it's killing the divers:

        'Corexit chemical dispersant used by BP during Gulf oil disaster linked to horrific human injuries.'

        “But it turns out that this was completely false information, as the Corexit dispersant chemicals sprayed in the Gulf after the disaster began — reports says more than 1.8 million gallons of Corexit were dumped into the Gulf — are known to be severely neurotoxic. But this information was deliberately withheld from Hogan and his team upon inquiry, which reassured them that their several months of diving work was going to be problem-free."

        “In the end, Hogan and his team ended up with permanent injuries that left several of them, including Hogan, completely unable to walk. They also developed neurological problems, as well as vision problems that gradually resulted in permanent blindness. Several members of the team became so injured and hopeless that they actually committed suicide….”

        BP Oil Spill In Gulf Of Mexico: Oil And Corexit Is Killing Everything In Its Path! Photos

        We all take our chances, but I'm not going anywhere near anything having to do with Gulf water.

        Good luck to those that do.

        • Thad

          And what became of his suit – tossed-
          First he trys to sue everybody except the dive boat's cook.
          Second the suit against those party are null and void. BP was the only party to use Corexit—AND it was approved by the EPA and USCG—Under their approval no one broke the law or acted negligent. Now if he wishes he can try to sue the EPA and USCG challenge their methods of certification.
          Personally I do not like Corexit would like to see something more eco friendly but until then the law is the law–

      • We Not They Finally

        What don't you make a field trip down there, Thad, and eat up!

        • Thad

          We Not They Finally
          Field trip? I live in coastal Louisiana 3 miles from a boat landing, 20 mins to Sabine Lake, 45-55 mins run to the gulf – have boat, fish, crab and catch shrimp in a cast net or "personal catch" trawl. And eat what I catch as does family and friends at fish frys–

          • PavewayIII PavewayIII

            Get in your black plastic coffin liner NOW!

            Due to recent budget cuts, FEMA has cancelled curb-side pickups of the living-impaired. You are responsible for transporting your corpse to the nearest people-recycling facility.

            In addition, the Coast Guard has severely reduced the planned Trawl for Floaters campaign. Please dispose of your body in a responsible manner. Bodies within 100 yards of a shipping channel should be marked with fluorescent orange pylons and a functional strobe light visible at least 6 ft above the water surface. Illegally-placed bodies will be removed at the owner's expense.

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Senator Landrieu worries that the sinkhole may distract the working chumps from building TEPCO's LNG facility at Sabine Pass. We need to get that started before TEPCO fires up their nuclear plants. Besides, the only way to ensure U.S. energy independence is to export natural gas until consumer prices reach a level acceptable by my buddies at Chenerie.

    • Thad

      Sabine Pass LNG
      9243 Gulf Beach Hwy Cameron, LA 70631, United States
      +1 337-569-7700

      has been finished, couple months ago was fishing across from their dock-

      Got "goggle earth" ? search 'Sabine Pass LNG'

      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        The terminal has been completed. It was claimed to be built for the purpose of *importing* LNG (yes, I know…)

        For years, it has been 'illegal' or whatever term applies to export petroleum to any countries that did not have free-trade agreements with the U.S. Like… Japan.

        TEPCO is so eager to game the natural gas markets and exploit the temporarily 'cheap' U.S. supplies that they bought Landrieu to bend the rules for them. Even before her work was done, TEPCO was finalizing contracts to buy good old U.S.-fracked natural gas from a liquification facility that didn't exist yet and who's sale to Japan wasn't even allowed.

        Lapdog Landrieu sold out the U.S. to TEPCO as fast as she could. Hey, it could bring 150 jobs to Hackberry.

        It's such a great way to rip-off the U.S. that TEPCO didn't have any trouble finding a couple of their crony Japanese companies to sink $6B into building three, or is it four liquification trains at Hackberry.

        I say: nullify any forward contracts for U.S. LNG with TEPCO and expressly prohibit doing any business with TEPCO until they tell the truth about Daiichi and start providing the U.S. some actual, useful information.

        Investigate Landrieu for her overly-enthusiastic support for LNG sales to human rights violator TEPCO. Have Landrieu stand in front of the USS Reagan victims and describe why they're garbage to her and TEPCO's rights trump theirs.

      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        I should have been clear – I realize the *terminal* is already there. The *LNG liquification plant* is not. TEPCO's three or four LNG trains *will* be there in a year or two.

        • Thad

          The pipeline was laid two years ago down to the ICW and south across Sabine Lake.
          Pretty Mary and Sports Fan Dave were bought a long time ago– both pushing the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. Not yet a done deal BUT the refineries at PtAuthur and PtNeches had $1 billion expansion and upgrade 2 yrs ago– That kind on money is not spent on a "maybe"

          • PavewayIII PavewayIII

            Didn't know about Port Authur and Port Neches 'anticipatory' expansions. Whatever I did read about them at the time didn't lead me to connect the dots to the Keystone XL as a done deal and damn the little people. I would have thought the oil was coming from all the drilling in Texas. Stupid me.

            You're absolutely right though: …That kind on money is not spent on a "maybe"

            Importing natural gas at the Hackberry terminal (or anywhere in the U.S.) wouldn't have ever made sense. Exporting natural gas profitably requires LNG conversion facilities. The fact that they didn't exist yet made it seem like Chenerie may have actually built the port for import. That was always their public story from what I can tell.

            Slow learners like me didn't put two and two together until TEPCO announced that they were actually buying a forward contract for the Hackberry LNG for 2015 delivery.

            Senator Landrieu will protect the interests of her corporate clients like a rabid dog. She will personally pour the concrete right over the fresh graves of USS Reagan sailors if she has to.

            TEPCO chumped the sailors fair and square and is under no obligation to tell anybody about it's operations ever. That is entirely unrelated to LNG sales in Landrieu's small mind. Maybe she will consider tax credits to TEPCO if they'll hire some of our vets that they disabled?

  • markww markww

    I was the one that posted how bad the marine creatures were all messed up I think someone else said everything was fine,But have seen some of the problems since I am on the Gulf when fishing
    Some restaurants have stopped selling some seafood's in Corpus Christi when I visit


  • SwimsWithGators

    We're gonna need a bigger sinkhole.

    The one we are making in Assumption wouldn't even hold all the oil that's in the gulf now. And I do mean the swimming oil.

    But here's our best solution staring us in the face: Sinkholes.

    Problem is we don't have sinkholes in the right places. Like under Fukushima. Like under all the 400 plus leaking time bombs.

    As for the "Hole of Assumption", it is going to continue growing at this pace for as long as it takes to dissolve the salt dome.

    The aquifer from well north of the hole is much higher than the hole and will continue to drain into the hole flushing out the brine as it does.

    The coastal waters of Louisiana will become more salty. Wonder what the reaction will be with the oil there now? Will it chemically clean the oil suspended in the water? IDK.

    As for fishing there, if you are fishing directly from near coast waters that the Mississippi R. supplies, your fish will not be as polluted with oil like offshore fish are.