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Don't go ANYWHERE near Louisiana or Mississippi, the ground is filled with ALL kinds of stuff!!!Including nuclear waste!
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Don't go ANYWHERE near Louisiana or Mississippi, the ground is filled with ALL kinds of stuff!!!Including nuclear waste!
This posting started out at the sink hole, but like the hidden layers below the surface and the secrets burried eveywhere, this story went from the bayou of Louisiana, to Kansas, and then over to Colorado, and possibly ever to Columbine High School.
Every time I searched for information on something else I uncovered, it lead to something else. I will structure this post in the order that the information was obtained.
Last night at 1:00am I posted information I had found out about Lake Peignuer, the mysterious 10ft deep lake that, after irresponsible drilling by an oil company, created the largest ever man-made vortex. A simple 14 inch hole drilled into a salt dome under the lake caused the whole 1300 acre lake to be drained underground, pulling into the hole the 150ft drilling rig, 11 barges, 100 ft trees and 65 acres of the surrounding land, amoung other things.
This morning I have been reading that they are now going to drill "to relieve pressure" underground.
Bubbling bayou locals want notification before drilling begins
( [link to www.examiner.com]
Some of the more than 300 people in Assumption Parish under a mandatory evacuation order have expressed concern to officials about the drilling of a relief well that the Department of Natural Resources ordered Texas Brine to begin in the area, 1500 feet from a butane-filled well with continued seismicsignals recorded, to ease pressure underground.
As scientists try to learn what caused a massive sinkhole in Louisiana’s swamp community, Bayou Corne, the company with an abandoned salt mine near the site is about to start drilling a relief well to ease pressure underground and locals want to be notified when that drilling is to commence in the area where seismic signals are being recorded and only 1500 feet from a butane filled well.
“Also, we’ve received some phone calls from residents about being notified prior to the drilling starting,” officials said in a written statement Tuesday on their Word Press blog they have been maintain to keep the public abreast of the disaster news.
“Please know that residents in the immediate area will be notified via phone call, text message, email, blog post, press release and news media in advance of any drilling,” the officials state. “More details of what you can expect as drilling commences will be available to you this week.”
"By August 3, the swamp started to swallow itself," WWL TV out of nearby New Orleans reported Tuesday about the sinkhole.
Mark Cartwright, president of United Brine Services, a subsidiary of Texas Brine Co., said last week that they never thought their salt cavern, plugged and abandoned in 2011 and not used to store natural gas, would be behind the gas bubbles and tremors.
According to a recent interview with seismologist Dr. Stephen Horton, Cartwright might be right.
Horton says that seismic readings from the U.S. Geological Survey team at Memphis University have shown there are still seismic signals at the western edge of the dome, where the Texas Brine salt cavern lies, according to an Examiner interview with him Monday.
The gas bubbles in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou, however, have been percolating for years and became more prolific after the sinkhole slurry area imploded. One area of bubbling over pipelines belonging to other companies also became more prolific after probed, according to local Dennis Landry on Tuesday.
On Aug. 9, parish Office of Homeland Security officials went door to door to have locals who did not evacuate complete forms, including providing next of kin contact details.
To assist in providing information to the public, the Assumption Parish Police Jury issued a statement Tuesday to provide the following Office of Homeland Security portals that provide additional information about the declared State of Emergency:
Assumption Parish Blog: [link to assumptionla.wordpress.com]
Assumption Parish Police Jury Site: [link to assumptionla.com]
Assumption Parish Photo Site: [link to www.flickr.com]
Assumption Parish YouTube Channel: [link to www.youtube.com]
Assumption OEP Site: [link to www.assumptionoep.com]
Louisiana DEQ: [link to www.deq.louisiana.gov]
Louisiana DNR: [link to dnr.louisiana.gov]
Louisiana GOHSEP: [link to www.gohsep.la.gov]
Massive Louisiana sinkhole prompts drilling to find source
( [link to usnews.nbcnews.com]
The Texas-based owner of an abandoned cavern that officials think is the cause of 420-foot deep sinkhole in Louisiana received approval to drill a new well that may shed light on the source of the gaping hole, NBC station NEWS33 in Baton Rouge reported.
Located in the Assumption Parish, about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge, the hole has swallowed up trees and prompted a mandatory evacuation for nearby residents. Structural damage within the Napoleonville salt dome is believed to be its cause.
Texas Brine Co. got approval to drill the test well to determine the cavern's structural status and what pressures, brine or natural gas, it contains. The company faced $5,000 a day in fines if it didn't submit a permit request for the well by Monday.
"Texas Brine has met the requirement set for the company to have that permit submitted, but that is not the end of their responsibility," Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz told the station.
Company president Mark Cartwright told state officials that drilling equipment will start arriving late Wednesday or early Thursday, with drilling to begin a few days later. It will take 40 days to get into the cavern.
The company was also informed that its original permit for the cavern closest to the sinkhole requires it assist evacuees. Texas Brine will set up a relief fund for people who were forced to leave their home after Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency in the parish.
John Boudreaux, director of the parish's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, told The Associated Press that around half of those told to leave their homes have actually left their homes.
The sinkhole, in a heavily wooded area 200 feet from the cavern, was discovered Aug. 3 following several months of natural gas bubbles coming up from bayous in the area.
The hole has since grown to about 370 feet wide and 420 feet deep by state estimates, though an official with the state Department of Environmental Quality told The Advocate some sections of the hole are only 50 feet deep.
Water samples taken last week showed no detectable levels of naturally occurring radioactive material on the hole’s surface. Additional samples were taken, but results won’t be ready until later in the week.
The AP reported that Texas Brine will be responsible for progress reports of the drilling.
"There are no further regulatory approvals Texas Brine needs at this point," Chustz said. "From here on, their timetable is only limited by their decisions, but we will be monitoring progress to ensure that they expedite the drilling of that well, while maintaining a safe operation."
****And then another article reads that, "Texas Brine company mined deep below the surface for decades but plugged the mine last year by filling it with 20 million barrels of brine, a process that meets the definition of environmental modification."
then I looked it up, what brine is used for...it is used in refrigeration. But the salt?? Nuclear waste storage.
The Day the Government Nuked Louisiana
Tax case inspires book about government’s nuclear testing
It was undoubtedly one of the most unusual tax cases ever tried in the United States. It isn’t everyone who can petition to have the tax value of their land reduced because the government exploded a nuclear bomb beneath it.
In fact, there could have been only one such petitioner, because the government used private land for nuclear testing on only one occasion.
When that petitioner asked Mississippi tax attorney Lauch Magruder to represent him, he didn’t initially even tell Magruder, who now has a home in Highlands, about the nuclear testing.
Challenging the IRS
The IRS insisted that the thousands of acres of timberland should be valued at millions of dollars more than the value set by the appraiser.
The petitioner decided to challenge the IRS assertion. When Magruder learned about the nuclear testing, he asked for a continuance and hired several experts to assess the property. Their reports and testimony were damning.
In the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, the federal government convinced the petitioner’s family to lease about 1,400 acres so nuclear tests could be conducted in an underground salt dome. The purpose of Project Dribble, as it was called, was to give U.S. scientists experience in detecting underground nuclear tests in the Soviet Union.
Pentagon officials apparently feared the Soviets would cheat on the test ban treaty and they wanted to know if they’d be able to detect it.
Two nuclear bombs were exploded in Mississippi’s Tatum Salt Dome, about 20 miles southwest of Hattiesburg, as part of Project Dribble.
The government had promised no contamination would take place and that it would conduct a thorough cleanup. The experts hired by Magruder raised serious concerns about whether the government had illegally buried radioactive waste and contaminated aquifers used for drinking water, all the while insisting there was no contamination.
In the end, Magruder won a multimillion dollar settlement for his client. Now, more than a decade later, Magruder has written a novel, “Without Regard,” based on that true story.
Project Salt Vault
The primary objective of Project Salt Vault was to demonstrate the safety and feasibility of handling and storing high level nuclear waste (HLW) solids from power reactors in salt formations. The engineering and scientific objectives were to:
· Demonstrate waste-handling equipment and techniques required to handle packages containing HLW solids from the point of production to the disposal location.
· Determine the stability of salt formations under the combined effects of heat and radiation (approximately 4,000,000 curies of radioactive material, yielding up to 109 rads).
· Collect information on creep and plastic flow of salt needed for the design of an actual disposal facility.
· Monitor the site for radiolytic chemical reactions, if such should occur.
The demonstration site selected was the inactive Lyons, Kansas mine of the Carey Salt Co. The 1,020-foot deep salt mine had operated from 1890 to 1948 and had been kept open for possible future use. Preparations for the demonstration began in 1963, and the first radioactive material was placed in the mine in November 1965. The tests involved the emplacement of actual irradiated fuel assemblies from the Engineering Test Reactor (ETR) in Idaho. The ETR assemblies were chosen because of their availability on a dependable schedule and their relatively high radioactivity levels.
Seven sealed canisters containing 14 spent nuclear fuel (SNF) assemblies were transported by truck in a lead-shielded carrier to the site. The canisters were lowered into the mine one at a time through a 19-inch-diameter charging shaft. In the mine, the canisters entered a lead-shielded vessel on a trailer pulled by a diesel-powered tractor called the “waste transporter.” The hauler delivered the canisters, one at a time, to an array of lined holes drilled in the floor. The waste transporter was also used to recover and transfer the canisters at the end of the tests.
The canisters were placed in a ring-like arrangement in the floor of the mine (Figure 1). Electrical heaters — used to compensate for lower heat release rates of the fuel elements compared with actual waste — were attached to the lower liners to raise temperatures in the central pillar in order to obtain information on its in-situ structural response to heat.
1. In-situ testing of nuclear wastes was conducted in the mid-1960s at the Carey salt mine. Source: Kansas Geological Survey
The program plan called for replacing the waste every six months to maximize the radiation dose to the surrounding salt formations. At the end of each phase, the spent fuel was retrieved and returned to Idaho.
The results showed that the structural properties of salt were not significantly altered by the high radiation levels. Useful information was gathered with respect to thermal stresses, migration of brine-filled cavities, and salt-flow characteristics as a function of temperature. For example, the demonstration revealed that inclusions of moisture, or brine, in the salt beds had a tendency to migrate up a thermal gradient toward a heat source placed in the salt. Quantities of brine were measured as migrating and interacting with the deposited waste canisters.
All the predictions of thermal and radiation effects based upon theoretical modeling and laboratory experiments were confirmed by the in-situ demonstration. Despite the rather high radiation levels and high thermal loading, no measurable radiolytic or excessive structural effects in the salt were observed. In addition, operations at Lyons, both at the surface and in the mine, were carried out without the use of hot cells (shielded nuclear radiation containment chambers used to protect workers). Maximum personnel recorded dose during any quarter was 200 mrem, principally to the hands of a worker.
The results of the Project Salt Vault demonstration led many in the AEC to believe that the use of bedded salt was satisfactory for the disposal of radioactive wastes. The experimental phase of Project Salt Vault was terminated in June 1967 when the last canister was removed from the mine. The Lyons Mine was then placed on standby on February 1, 1968.
The Beginning of the End
Workers from Project Salt Vault recall that it enjoyed the support of the local community. Four factors contributed to this climate of acceptance:
· The experiment was designed from the beginning to be reversible; that is, once it was completed, all the waste would be completely removed.
· Consultations were held with local groups before the project began.
· Efforts were made by Oak Ridge National Laboratory personnel to conduct the studies in full view of Kansans.
· Once the research started, regular tours were conducted in which the general public could visit the mine.
However, two intervening events forced the AEC to withdraw from the Lyons site. The first was a fire in 1969 at the Rocky Flats facility in Colorado, which produced pits for nuclear weapons. The accident generated a large volume of low-level, plutonium-contaminated debris. Following standard operating procedures, the managers of Rocky Flats sent the waste to the National Reactor Test Station in Idaho for storage. That action outraged Idaho’s political leadership, which saw no reason why their state should become the “dumping ground” for waste created in Colorado. They acted and ultimately extracted a commitment from AEC Chairman Glenn Seaborg (1961 – 1971) that all of the waste would be removed from Idaho by 1980. That pledge necessitated the construction of a disposal facility. The second factor, dominating an entire decade, was the growing opposition to nuclear power punctuated by the Three Mile Island accident in 1979.
And lastly, this story: Citizen Summary
Rocky Flats Historical Public Exposures Studies
If you search: Radioactive contamination from the Rocky Flats Plant
You will see a radiation plume map. There has been resulting radiation down wind from this location....not far from Columbine and the Theater Masacare.
There are also stories about Fukushima plant workers that have become violent and have comitted acts of forceable rape.
FBI web site ( [link to www.fbi.gov]
Colorado number per 100,000--- in 2009 45.2, in 2010 43.7
Nevada number per 100,000--- in 2009 38.7, in 2010 35.7
New Mexico number per 100,000---in 2009 53.2, in 2010 46.5
Colorado number per 100,000---in 2009 67.1, in 2010 62.3
Nevada number per 100,000---in 2009 228.1, in 2010 196.2
New Mexico number per 100,000---in 2009 96.1, in 2010 78.4
Colorado number per 100,000---in 2009 223.4, in 2010 212.4
Nevada number per 100,000---in 2009 432.5, in 2010 422.9
New Mexico number per 100,000---in 2009 473.2, in 2010 457.1
Also found a related story on solar activity and its effects on radiation. Simply to much to list....