Officials investigating if over 100 pounds of poisonous hydrogen sulfide was released near giant sinkhole

Published: November 29th, 2012 at 11:30 am ET
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Title: Police: Gas release not reportable
Source: Advocate
Author: BY DAVID J. MITCHELL
Date: November 29, 2012

The atmospheric release of hydrogen sulfide gas last week from a Texas Brine Co. LLC vent well in Assumption Parish did not require immediate reporting to state hazardous materials authorities, Louisiana State Police said. [...]

More than 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide must be released within 24 hours to require reporting in a nonemergency, regulations say. [...]

Like the parish, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality did not find out about the release until the 3 p.m. conference Nov. 20.

Officials said they are trying to calculate if the release could have reached more than 100 pounds to trigger formal reporting.

“We’re still looking to see if it could reach that level,” said Rodney Mallett, DEQ spokesman. [...]

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Published: November 29th, 2012 at 11:30 am ET
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14 comments to Officials investigating if over 100 pounds of poisonous hydrogen sulfide was released near giant sinkhole

  • jec jec

    And..just WHO controls the information? The FOX..so dont expect any REAL information..those vents/monitors..are operated by Texas Brine–or am I mistaken?

    Plus the in home monitors Texas Brine is installing in homes..what do they check for? Automatic? Sent via wifi/internet to a central data collection point? Easy for home owners. Believe Texas Brine may need to PAY homeowners for their work in monitoring Texas Brine ERRORS and mistakes. Alternately, the homeowners could post their data on the internet..THAT would be interesting. Of course,when you look at the Japanese monitoring for radiation the monitors may be not the best info providers. The systems could be set to PROVE the air is safe..like Japanese monitors which are placed specially to decrease levels. Do you think home owners in LA face something similar? Has anyone heard from them? If they have to sign a non-disclosure..thats just WRONG.


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  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Wi-Fi in Bayou Corne? Er… I guess it's possible. Does anyone know?

    Side note, Jec:
    Homeowners in Bayou Corne really shouldn't be posting *anything* because they really should have evacuated – they're all in the Homeland Security approved blast zone of death. 'Should have' isn't implying blind obedience to the government, but just my concern for their safety. Individual choice though. I would consider living in a Super 8 motel for three months worse then death, so I would probably hang around if it was only me.


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  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    100 *pounds* of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas is pretty meaningless to most people. H2S weighs about .106 lbs. per cubic foot.

    100 lbs. of H2S = about 940 cubic feet at 65F.

    A level of H2S gas at or above 100 ppm is immediately dangerous to life and health, so 100 lbs. of it – even when diluted in 9.4 million cubic feet of air – is still immediately dangerous.

    Probably plume direction? The wind was light on the 19th and direction was to the West and South West.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    LA08 the cavern next to the sinkhole full of propane is collapsing


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  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    TM2020.. been watching the helicorders all morning, slightly horrified.. For those that do not know where the helicorders are.. here is a map:
    http://www.edsuite.com/proposals/proposals_280/seismic_map_092012_fi_466.pdf


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  • jec jec

    And for those worried about the gases..if its on Texas Brine property..no need to report unless 100 lbs of gas. Now I dont know about you..but I would not like to be the CANARY in the coal mine..to show a dangerous level of gas. Enough people are reporting symptoms pointing to rather poisonous gass/product in water/air. Guess Texas Brine is doing the BP dance..PROVE we did it. Years later..a few dollars trickle down to the injured people. See:http://theadvocate.com/news/4547791-123/police-gas-release-not-reportable


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Helicorders yesterday and today indicate partial cave ins on several saltdome caverns in the area – today LA08 the helicorder over the cavern closest to the salt dome full of propane shows it to be collapsing – I believe that the excess moisture from the sinkhole has saturated the salt dome cavern walls resulting in mass failure in the entire salt dome cavern area. My dad is a geologist and agrees with my opinion. I also believe that the sink hole is 4 to 5 times larger than current estimates show.


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  • markww markww

    timemachine2020 Do you think your dad will get on line here and give us a run down as he sees about the dome collapse. also is the cavern that looks like it is caving in is the same as the Butane Cavern.

    Markww

    and 100 pounds of HS-2 is bad stuff especially if your down wind I have seem people die as a fireman.


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    • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

      @Markww – In regards to your question – Correction – I meant to say the butane cavern not propane. Really it is irrevelant as both are highly explosive. This is the cavern with the helicorder LA08 above it. My dad cannot go on record here because of his position in the oil and gas industry but I can say with confidence that this cavern has been compromised along with several others in that immediate area. This does not mean that the gasses contained therein have been released. These are unchartered waters to say the least. I strongly believe that an evacuation of atleast a 5 mile radius of the sinkhole would be prudent at this time and a 10 mile radius should be considered.


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  • rakingmuck

    Warning. Do not even think of telling people here there is no danger to 100 lbs of Hydrogen Sulfide. It can be lethal. Especially to first responders. Instead of spreading lies, use your time wisely by encouraging any people in the community to evacuate. http://avogadro.chem.iastate.edu/MSDS/hydrogen_sulfide.pdf


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  • markww markww

    it was not me it was at the top of the list someone said it was not dangerous

    Markww :)


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  • irhologram

    So now the identical oil related chemicals to the sinkhole are being found in the bloodstream of people who live in the Bayou Corne surrounds. An official government link to some of this information that was posted this morning on BIN appears to have now been removed. The top five contaminated food species are listed. Crabs, two locations of oysters, shrimp, and trout. VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fMb3fLLZfk&feature=youtube_gdata_player MAP: http://www.edsuite.com/proposals/proposals_280/seismic_map_092012_fi_466.pdf EQ METER: http://folkworm.ceri.memphis.edu/heli_temp/LA08_BHZ_GS_00.2012112900.gif Chloride Migration: http://dnr.louisiana.gov/assets/OC/BC_All_Updates/Plans_Reports/20121116_Brin…


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