Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Seismic Alert: Gas Explosion in Gulf still burning - Bayou CorneSinkhole spewing Gas at "Explosive Level" - Update | AP/ENENews

Update: 26.7.2013

Crude oil seen in water by blowout in Gulf — AP: Sheen reported each day since incident began — First estimated at 7,000 gallons a day (PHOTOS)

Published: July 26th, 2013 at 9:27 pm ET
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SkyTruth, July 24, 2013: We just saw this report filed (we assume) by Walter Oil and Gas with the Coast Guard’s National Response Center claiming that there is a crude oil spill associated with this incident, and estimating that the spill rate is 7 barrels (294 gallons) per hour.
Los Angeles Times, July 26, 2013: A slight sheen associated with spilled oil is still being detected on the water’s surface but is dissipating, according to a joint statement by the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Coast Guard, and the company involved, Walter Oil & Gas Corp.
AP, July 26, 2013: A slight sheen was visible again but quickly dissipating Friday [...] Light sheens, quickly dissipating, have been reported each day since the blowout. In addition to government monitoring, scientists from a multi-institutional project called the Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf Consortium plan a cruise Saturday to gather water samples.

The recent Gas Rig Explosion and fire on the Hercules 265 rig in the Gulf of Mexico has again raised concerns over the seismic stability in the region.  As reported here earlier in the week, MP has also discovered new info regarding the #BayouCorne #Sinkhole dispelling Methane and #NatGas.

As we are not really in the "TinFoil Hat" business lately, these events and #Fracking quakes in the area are all separate anomalies AND distinct Precursors to an oncoming bigger event.
 [The fire engulfed..] drilling rig off the Louisiana coast that was surrounded by a “major cloud of gas” after it experienced a blowout, officials said late Tuesday.

Stacey Plaisance, AP Reporter: [...] The gentle bubbles, actually natural gas spewing from a 22-acre sinkhole caused by a collapsed salt cavern.

John Boudreaux, Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness: There could be an explosion hazard and/or methane does displace oxygen, so by displacing oxygen then it becomes an asphyxiant.

WE will cover this event and Preparedness information on tonight's #SitPrep on USAEBN

Stay Tuned...


Update 25.7.2013:

PHOTO: Parts of Gulf rig now “melting and falling” into sea — Drill floor and derrick collapse

Published: July 24th, 2013 at 6:21 pm ET
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Title: Drilling rig on fire, begins to collapse; relief well to be drilled
Source: WWL TV
Author: David Hammer
Date: July 24, 2013 at 3:47p ET
Drilling rig on fire, begins to collapse; relief well to be drilled [...]

“Gulf of Mexico rig exploded Tuesday evening, causing drill floor and derrick to collapse” SOURCE: Times Picayune (Coast Guard photo)

Portions of the Hercules drilling rig that is on fire in the Gulf of Mexico started to collapse Wednesday.
The parts of the Hercules 265 rig that stick out over the Walter Oil & Gas platform and wel lhead have been melting and falling, but the integrity of the massive post-like legs and the permanent platform itself appear to still be strong, Walter Oil & Gas spokesman Brian Kennedy said. [...]
The federal offshore safety agency reported that beams supporting the derrick and rig floor on the Hercules have folded and collapsed. [...]
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New Madrid Fault Zone Alert - Information Only 15.07.2013 - Update

UPDATED: 15.7.2013
#NewMadrid Fault Zone Alert:

Recent Activity in the Gulf of Mexico and #BayouCorne Sinkhole have raised our Alert Levels.
The above screen grab from Array Network Facility and updates the current #EQ in the US>>

Note: the activity of the #NewMadrid Seismic Zone of recent days has many concerned.

Note: As covered by RadChick on FB, the USGS has announced a Survey of the New Madrid Seismic Zone for magnetic field research.

Also on USAEBN - BTR:

Blaze erupts on Gulf of Mexico rig after natural gas blowout - NBC

 A natural gas well off the Louisiana coast caught fire, hours after a blowout that prompted the evacuation of 44 workers. - NBC

A fire erupted on drilling rig off the Louisiana coast that was surrounded by a “major cloud of gas” after it experienced a blowout, officials said late Tuesday.

The blaze began about 10:50 p.m. local time (11:50 p.m. ET) on the Hercules 265 natural gas platform, which is located around 55 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico.
Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said no one was on board when the fire started. The cause of the blaze was unknown early Wednesday.
She added that personnel from Wild Well Inc had been brought in to try and get the well under control, but when they’d approached the blaze Tuesday night they’d determined it was unsafe to get any closer when they were 200ft away from it.

The BSSE also said that a specialist boat, with both water and foam firefighting abilities, had been dispatched to tackle the blaze.

Earlier on Tuesday, 44 workers were evacuated on two lifeboats after the gas began spewing to the surface. None of them were injured, NBC station WDSU reported.
A Coast Guard cutter and two aircraft were sent to assess the situation and BSEE inspectors reported that a cloud of natural gas had formed over the well.

“A light sheen could be seen on the water one-half mile by 50 feet,” the BSEE said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the sheen appeared to be quickly dissipating.
The portable drilling rig known as a jackup rig, was operated by Hercules Offshore. In a news release, Hercules Offshore said that they were working for Houston-based Walter Oil & Gas Corp.
Walter Oil & Gas reported to the BSEE that the rig was completing a "sidetrack well" — a means of re-entering the original well bore, Angelico said.

Sidetrack wells are sometimes drilled to remedy a problem with the existing well bore.
"It's a way to overcome an engineering problem with the original well," Ken Medlock, an energy expert at Rice University's Baker Institute told the Associated Press. "They're not drilled all the time, but it's not new."
In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and eventually spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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AP: Official says suffocation risk at giant Louisiana sinkhole — Spewing gas could cause explosion hazard (VIDEO)

Published: July 23rd, 2013 at 9:57 am ET
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Almost a year after a salt cavern collapsed near a scenic south Louisiana bayou, the sinkhole has grown to 22- acres and is still releasing oil and natural gas. Hundreds of residents have evacuated but a few stayed behind despite the danger... - KIRO-7
Title: Sinkhole Threatens Cajun Bayou Community
Source: AP
Reporter: Stacey Plaisance
Date: July 20, 2013

Stacey Plaisance, AP Reporter: [...] The gentle bubbles, actually natural gas spewing from a 22-acre sinkhole caused by a collapsed salt cavern.
John Boudreaux, Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness: There could be an explosion hazard and/or methane does displace oxygen, so by displacing oxygen then it becomes an asphyxiant.
Carla Alleman, former Bayou Corne resident: We’re never going back [...] We’ll never feel safe there again. They can never say that it will be safe there again. [...]
Watch the report here

Louisiana sinkhole now 24 acres — Officials issue cease and desist order after gas found “approaching explosive level” coming from hole in front of homes

Published: July 21st, 2013 at 3:13 pm ET
WWL – AM870, July 21, 2013: Parish workers discovered water and debris moving inside the containment berm area early Friday. Bubbles on the water’s surface indicated a gas release, and there were tremors felt in the area. [...]  The periodic ‘burp’ was the second in two days and the fourth in the past two-and-a-half weeks, according to parish officials. [...] The [blue ribbon] commission, thus far, has not been able to come up with a reasonable prediction of what the future holds for the area.

The Advocate, July 20, 2013: The 24-acre Assumption Parish sinkhole underwent a periodic burp early Friday [...] on Friday, Conservation Commissioner James Welsh ordered Texas Brine Co. to cease a type of earth-probing test aimed at seeing where gas is in the shallow rock under Bayou Corne. [...] In addition to the sinkhole, gas is being released from bubbling sites in area bayous and is thought to be gathered in an aquifer and even in shallower rock under the communities. Welsh’s order follows Boudreaux’s cease and desist order to Texas Brine earlier this week after residents complained about a plugged probe site leaking gas in front of homes [...] he tested the hole and found leaking gas at a concentration that was approaching an explosive level.
See also: Video: Official unable to find bottom of giant Louisiana sinkhole during depth survey -- All of 750 foot measuring cord used

Published on Jul 23, 2013
This is the 2nd major blowout in the gulf in two weeks , with very little main stream coverage . The Louisiana sinkhole is deeper than 750ft and could be letting off explosive Gases.

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