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La. Sinkhole Emergency: Quakes, Underground Fluid Moving

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Sample helicorder seismic graph of LA15 HHZ YC in Bayou Corne, Louisiana, one area of four where long frequncy tremors began to be recorded Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 in the Louisiana collapsing salt dome “sinkhole” vicinity. (Image Credit: University of Memphis)

As Louisiana’s state of emergency nears seven months, on Wednesday, the state’s Department of Natural Resources  Office of Conservation began advising Assumption Parish officials and the public in the Bayou Corne area that the contracted CB&I and Itasca Group analysis of ongoing seismic monitoring has detected what once again appears to be an uptick in underground fluid movement below the sinkhole.

Tick, Tick, Tick Toward New National Sacrifice Zone

The undergound “fluid” appears to be moving in the vicinity of Texas Brine LLC’s failed Oxy 3 cavern over the past 36 hours, according to officials.

The advisement was publicly issued and then relayed at 1:15 P.M. Wednesday by Assumption Parish officials.

“As noted in earlier similar events, the fluid movement appears to be linked to observations of trees falling into the sinkhole, release of trapped debris from the sinkhole bottom and increased odor from hydrocarbons released to surface,” the state advised, according to the Assumption Parish post on its blog.

Tuesday, quakes, or “underground tremors” as officials call the mini-quakes at the disaster site, resulted in workers called off of the collapsing salt dome “sinkhole” job site.

Along with the “tremors” Tuesday, small bubbling spots re-emerged in the salt dome “sinkhole” that prompted a State of Emergency declaration almost seven months ago.

Methane typically moves ahead of crude oil.

There are are over 40 reported methane bubbling sites in the area, in local bayous and swamps, where the dangerous gas  percolates and threatens to ignite and explode.

Most recent Louisiana “sinkhole” disaster flyover, Feb 20, 2013. (Photo Credit: Assumption Parish)

CB&I and Itasca Group analysts also advised Wednesday that, while the activity appears to represent no additional significant threat to the general area, operations directly on the sinkhole be suspended until subsurface activity slows again.

The historic sinkhole is engulfing the entire 1-mile by 3-mile Napoleonville Salt Dome, as reported by this author on Sept. 30. 

At that time, a Bayou Corne local Randy Rousseau said, “I don’t feel comfortable here. I don’t feel safe. I don’t think this will get any better. The sooner I can get out of here, the better.”

A worker told Dupré, under agreement of anonymity, that she goes to the area for meetings only and then, gets out as soon as she can. 

Locals have repeatedly asked for national media attention and for Governor Jindal to respond more aggressively to the emergency. 

Jindal, well funded by the oil and gas industry for his campaigns, has failed to visit the disaster site, as governors typically do when disasters in their states do. 

(See: La. Sinkhole Radioactive Material Tapped, Gov. Jindal Hiding Catastrophe (Video) and 

‘Mini-quakes’ and ‘Sharp Tremors’
At local briefings and at the hearing last week in Baton Rouge, scientists said the mini-quakes and “sinkhole” “burbs” link to movement of fluids or gas through a zone of fractured rock next to the 1-mile by 3-mile Napoleonville Salt Dome. 
The scientists say that the sharp tremors are produced by movement of sedimentary rock migrating into Texas Brine’s failed cavern.  
Officials recently admitted about the explosive methane lurching in the area:
1) There is substantially more than 50,000,000 cubic feet of methane below surface near giant sinkhole.
2) The methane covers over 2 square miles.
3) There is enough methane there to do “very serious damage” and very rapidly, “if uncontrolled.”
Many residents have chosen to remain, despite the near 7-month mandatory evacuation order. Some say that officials would warn them if an explosion was about to occur, so they’d have ample time to escape. Others say they need humanitarian assistance to leave, assistance that has not been forthcoming for all of the people in the methane danger zone.
“It has the potential to impact larger areas,” Chemist Wilma Subra, Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) Technical Advisor told WWL’s Garland Robinette in early December.
At that time, Subra also said the greatest fear is that the entire area is becoming a national sacrifice zone.
The mantra of the era of oil and gas industry national sacrifice zones is, “Mutate, migrate or die.”

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    • Mark Brander

      The following is excerpted from Book 12 Chapter 92 at Prophecies Org

      Now, you do not see again what is happening to you! For, the great frozen methane lake, which is beneath the Gulf of Mexico, is quickly melting! The heat of the seeping oil, which is pouring into the frozen lake, is melting this great lake of frozen methane!

      Yes, you watch in amazement as these methane bubbles come to the surface and some of you are surprised at the shifting of your homes. But, hear Me! For, you have seen nothing yet! This gas is finding its own exits!

      A great volume of methane gas is pushing upwards and is seeking to find its own vents! As more of this gas pushes its way to the surface, there will come a shifting in the subterranean land masses. There shall come a subsequent shifting in the lands, both beneath the Gulf of Mexico, and even for some distance from the Gulf of Mexico!

      Some of these land displacements will be great with ensuing earthquakes. But, the earthquakes will not compare to the unexpected explosions, and in many areas, unparalleled deaths of humans, animals and aquatic life and yes, even birds and other life forms!

      Oh, you people of Louisiana, you would not listen! I have sent you two very great calamities and now comes a third. So great shall be your suffering! The stench, the stink of the dying shall be so great! And, many will say, “Who is going to Louisiana?” For, the explosions and the dying shall be so great among you!

      And, when you see these terrible things hit Louisiana, know that this is My third, great judgment against this wicked state. It is a haughty state! It is full of idol worship and witchcrafts; and those in the churches will not obey Me. They will not walk in humility before Me. For, their song is, “How great I am!”

      But, I tell you, oh state of Louisiana, you are a cancer! You are a grievous sore in My face! You are a great blot upon the face of the whole earth; and I will erase you!

      I will continue in My judgments against you; and I will continue to plead with you to repent through My great judgements, until I erase your very existence! For, you are rotten, oh state of Louisiana! You are rotten to the core and I will no longer allow this evil before My face!

      I tell you now; and hear Me well! The great methane bubble, which lies beneath the Gulf of Mexico, is beginning to rupture! As this great bubble ruptures, it will push out! It will begin to push out with great force! It will erupt beneath the ocean! It will erupt all along the Gulf Coast!

      The great rupture of this methane gas will hit Florida! It will hit Texas! It will hit inland and move up beneath the Mississippi River! It will go south towards Cuba. It will go towards Mexico! It will spew forth, sometimes with small eruptions, but at other times, the eruptions of these gases will be so great that they will easily sink ships! And, there will come a time when travel in the Gulf of Mexico will be extremely hazardous!

      Most often, the presence of these terrible gases will go undetected, but the effects of these gases will be deadly! Whole areas will come under attack, and there will be many “unexplained” deaths and sicknesses! This great gas explosion will be seen as the “silent killer.”

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