State: “Potential danger to human life” due to gas pressures in area of giant sinkhole — Emergency directive issued on weekend — Texas Brine fined $100,000

Published: December 1st, 2012 at 5:50 pm ET
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The Fourth Amendment to the Declaration of Emergency Directive
State of Louisiana
December 1, 2012

Office of Conservation Fines Texas Brine $100,000 for Failure to Comply With Directives Company may face further penalties and fines for failure to act immediately on Conservation orders

Excepts:

[...] Based on site topography, observations, and the presence of known contaminants within the surface water of the sinkhole, there is a threat to the environment from the potential discharge out of the sinkhole considering that the surface water elevation is expected to rise in the near future due to seasonal variations in surface water levels in the area.

[...] until further notice to the contrary, based upon the evidence and findings described both previously and herein, it is determined that the requirements for declaring an Emergency pursuant to La. R.S. 30:6.1 have been and continue to be met and an emergency is declared to exist due to those incidents which have occurred, are occurring, or threaten to occur imminently at the OXY GEISMAR NO. 3 well site (Serial Number 180708), its associated cavern, and adjacent/nearby properties.  [...]

It is further declared that Texas Brine Company LLC (1149) is specifically directed and is hereby ordered to undertake the necessary actions to address the potential danger to human life associated with the gas pressures [...]

See also: Man Films Area Near Giant Sinkhole: Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness on scene — “You can see some bubbling” from road (VIDEO)

Published: December 1st, 2012 at 5:50 pm ET
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19 comments to State: “Potential danger to human life” due to gas pressures in area of giant sinkhole — Emergency directive issued on weekend — Texas Brine fined $100,000

  • dosdos dosdos

    Rest assured that Texas Brine is ready to take this and all other actions against them and their financial holdings to the federal courts, where they'll be acquitted of all penalties, judgments, and fines. They didn't do anything wrong under federal law, and that is where they want the battle to be fought.


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  • FREEDOMROX

    That is their favorite, tried and true tactic…so for once we do agree. All depends on how much worse it gets before they can get to court, especially since the Feds haven't been officially called in on this disaster. By keeping this local, then federal court cannot intervene, as that would be a State Court matter. They can't have their cake and eat it too.


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  • Stephengn

    Again, I live about 75 miles from this and know the politics of Louisiana and the oil industry

    Part of this is to give police the power to keep reporters out of the area


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    What a tangled web they weave…


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Stephengn, have you considered re-locating? I know that's easy for someone to say but the reality is daunting. If I were you I would stay alert and take a vacation for a few months when things seem like they are spinning out of control or rather when your inner senses tell you "Hey yo get the hell out of here" Please take good care, no fear, and try not to worry.


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    • Stephengn

      My parents are very old, this is where they have lived all of their lives and they are rooted here. I must take care of them. As time passes, as i myself grow old here, I am watching southeast Louisiana ecologically disintegrating before my eyes – much more than other places. It fills me with despair, but I am obliged to stay


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  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    So Jindal get's another $100,000 to pass around to his DNR cronies while his bankrupt sieve of a state goes deeper in debt.

    And a $100,000 fine? Let's see now… Bayer made $911,000,000 in *profits* last quarter. That'll teach 'em!

    As dosdos observes anyway: this is only a temporary arrangement. All costs of this will eventually be passed to the U.S. taxpayers through the usual methods.

    Any token expenses Louisiana or Texas Brine begrudgingly incur now will be returned (2x or 3x) when Jindal starts crying to Washington for aid. Sinkhole welfare. Of course, anything Louisiana gets from the fed coffers will NEVER be returned to the state's taxpayers or victims. That will be funneled to sham contractors or someone's brother-in-law.

    One single whistle-blower in LA's filthy, corrupt DNR mafia could bring that entire criminal enterprise down. That is, if the whistle-blower could possibly manage testify *before* their predictable mysterious disappearance.

    They would eventually turn up: disgorged by the sinkhole in another crude oil burp, hands and feet securely bound by LA trooper's zip-tie handcuffs. Oh, I mean Homeland Security bracelets (sorry for the slip). You're not going to see that on ENENews anytime soon.

    President Obama: Please – I beg of you – just write Jindal out a check for twenty million taxpayer bucks right now so we're spared this clownish theatre. We just endured an election, for God's sake!


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    • Ibuiltthis Ibuiltthis

      Ha! That's the best I have read in a very long time!! Good Ole' Louisiana at it's finest! The good ole' boy network remains alive and well, while innocent people pay the price, hopefully not with their lives.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Hey Ibuiltthis – hows it going? Ive just been insulted by a couple of internet bullies but thats ok. The irony of it is this last yahoo just admitted that he was a oilfield driller for the last 40 years. Made me wonder how many streams, ponds and land he has contaminated over that period. I remember when I was growing up on a farm in Oklahoma and they came and drilled an oil well there. Needless to say the fishing and hunting was ruined on our entire 60 acres. I distinctly remember the stinch and this huge open toxic holding pond full of jet black crude looking oil about the size of three olympic swimming pools that had no safety railing or cover at all. I almost fell in myself looking over the edge. Any and everything that ever fell in would have faced a certain death. The area was ruined for many many years. Here we are talking about fracking and oil drilling and its consequences to the land, water aquifers, plants, fish, lakes and ponds, animals and human health and this guy is attacking me? Seems a bit Ironic don't ya think?


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  • markww markww

    timemachine2020 do not let the bullies get you down.

    OK BULLIES AND SHILLS here is another vie point to consider . Instead of knocking people for their feelings and their insight and mocking people in the ene news system, why don't you help and give some of your insight to people. I have been bashed too but I have years of firefighting and disaster experience sine I was 17 years old and now I am 62 . If it has happened I have seen it, from refinery explosions to conflagrations and disasters and all makes and sizes. I take a disaster and loo at it from all areas and its affects on just people. You are people too and we care about you and your well being. may have even helped you during a emergency cause I traveled the country helping others. I see things from a totally different prospective than what you have seen and been through. I am not afraid to put my foot out and look at a total disaster from start to finish and try to make people aware as to what can happen so they have the big picture. I even write Government leaders as to safety and firefighting plans to take. NOW if you are part of the BIG PICTURE come on out and help and that way we can try TO SOLVE A DISASTER WHERE THERE ARE NO BLUE PRINTS. EVEN THE WORLD'S SCIENTISTS DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO THEY ARE ALSO SPEECHLESS CAUSE THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. IF THE CAVERNS ALL GO we could see a ELE EVENT That covers several states. SO get in here and help help us try to solve a unknown problem.

    Markww


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  • irhologram

    Is the glass 1/2 empty or is it 1/2 full (OK, 1/8 full, but it's a start. Lol). This catastrophe is now officially a disaster area as declared by a state within a sovereign state. Any agenda of the NWO that Mark refers to here (incidentally, I watched McKales's Navy which was produced in 1987 last night and THEY referred to the NWO). Remember the tussle between federal intervention and state's handling of emergency during Katrina. LA wanted help, but they wanted to direct the resources as they thought best. The Feds wanted to control everything…incarcerated people in the stadium as they died off, shot people as they tried to cross a bridge out of the area, wouldn't allow the distribution of water, etc. So having the Feds, and by I location, the NWO in charge isn't necessarily the best thing in recognizing a national emergency, IMO. BUT also IMO, the point here isn't the fine. It's the FACT that WE now have leverage over public opinion because the STATE has now declared this a disaster. We can work with that. We can emphasize that. The wording, potential danger to human life based on gas PRESSURES is the chink in their wall of silence. Now we can patiently explain all the potential dangers of GAS pressures this state of emergency is referring to: explosion of millions of barrels of butane, propane, et al, release of deadly H2S, involvement and collapse of the entire Napoleanville Dome and beyond and all the radioactive and oil related…


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  • irhologram

    …chemicals releasing into the Coastal Aquifer, the Mississippi Aquifer, and the gulf itself, rendering the water deadly, the involvement of three nuclear plants certainly vulnerable to massive explosion, but also, would their dependence on water for cooling (assuming there's no explosion) be affected by the landmass rising from gas pressures that may affect their proximity to water, and given the fact that the Mississippi, by Dec. 10 will be at its lowest level since 1940, and too low for barge traffic? In order to preserve waters for Northern states, they're cutting some of the flow from the Missouri so the Mississippi is in pretty bad shape…..


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  • irhologram

    In other words, there are a lot of implications to LA declaring a state of emergency based on gas pressures…and keeping this at the state level may be the best thing…IF we'll get out there and use another pressure. The pressure of public opinion.


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  • FREEDOMROX

    What bothers me the most about this document, is DNR admits there is at least two locations where explosions are likely due to methane, and that Texas Brine is doing nothing to inhibit the hydrocarbons from migrating into the water, and poison the surrounding areas.


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