3:50 p.m. Update from the Office of Conservation

Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Response Activity

Monday, Sep. 30 work-

Sinkhole Activity Code 2 – elevated – increase in number of Very Long Profile seismic activity, generally associated with movement of gas/fluid below sinkhole, in area of sinkhole/Oxy 3 cavern – requires halting all work directly on sinkhole

 

Sub-slab Sampling and Ventilation

– Conducting ventilation system inspections.

– Scheduling vacuum tests at 116 Crawfish Stew and 135 Crawfish Stew

 

ORW/CPT Wells

– Monitoring pump drawdown tests of OGRW 1 (Oxy 2 well pad), ORW 9 (west of containment berm), ORWs 39 and 40 (north of containment berm)

– Removing water from ORWs 28 and 30 (north of La. 70, west of Texas Brine facility)

– Installing CPT 90 (west of Bayou Corne, south of La. 70)

– Starting test of DPVE 47 (access road west of containment berm)

– Installing flow meters from DPVE/ORW water tanks for discharge into sinkhole

 

Containment Berm/Roads/Sinkhole

– Plugging water well on Oxy 3 pad

– Gauging water levels around containment berm, resetting and relocating water gauges in berm area

– Placing limestone on south containment berm

11:30 a.m. Update

On yesterday, Texas Brine advised that the tagging of Cavern 3 was at 4,094′ which is 9′ above last week’s tag. As information becomes available, it will be shared here. 

1:35 p.m. DPVE Informational Update

In response to concerns raised by members of the community in regard to the potential for subsidence possibly associated with the Dual Phase Vacuum Extraction (DPVE) program discussed at the most recent public meetings, Assumption Parish OEP Incident Command and the Office of Conservation have determined that additional analysis is warranted, given the sensitive nature of this program due to its location within a community. Though the DPVE process has not been associated with significant subsidence in the experience of consultants contracted by the Office of Conservation, the decision has been made, following technical discussions this week in which Texas Brine made reference preliminary results of its own subsidence calculations, to delay shallow DPVE system installation and testing in the community until subsidence impacts and the potential need for additional measures to ensure safe removal of gas from the shallow subsurface can be evaluated. This does not affect the requirement to continue the ongoing effort to maximize efficiency of gas removal from the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer.

To that end, Conservation is directing Texas Brine to provide a written report documenting the subsidence calculation results so that more detailed analysis can be performed , as well as the company’s plans regarding the installation and testing of the shallow DPVE system in the Bayou Corne community, on or before close of business on Friday, October 4.

12:35 p.m. Update from the Office of Conservation

Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Response Activity
Thursday, Sep. 26 work-
Sinkhole Activity Code 2 – elevated – increase in number of Very Long Profile seismic activity, generally associated with movement of gas/fluid below sinkhole, in area of sinkhole/Oxy 3 cavern – requires halting all work directly on sinkhole

Sub-slab Sampling and Ventilation
– Performing ambient and in-stack air monitoring at 1422 Jambalaya, 1404 Jambalaya, & 1457 Sauce Piquante

ORW/CPT Wells
– Monitoring pump drawdown tests of OGRW 1 (Oxy 2 well pad) and ORW 9 (west of containment berm)
– Continue installing piping to tank for beginning of drawdown test of ORWs 39 and 40 (north of containment berm)
– Reworking ORW 42 (north of containment berm)
– Reworking ORW 29 (off northwest corner of containment berm)
– Beginning rework of ORWs 28 and 29 (north of La. 70, west of Texas Brine facility)
– Installing MIHPTs 55 (west of containment berm) and 92W (Edmonds Rd)
– Setting up instrumentation and connections on DPVE 47 (access road west of containment berm)
– Installing flow meters from DPVE/ORW water tanks for discharge into sinkhole
– Sampling all aquifer monitoring wells

Containment Berm/Roads/Sinkhole
– Placing sand for access to ORW wells (west of Bayou Corne)
– Placing geotextile fabric and limestone on southwest containment berm
– Gauging water levels around containment berm, resetting and relocating water gauges in berm area
– Performing settlement plate and subsidence surveys around containment berms

4:30 p.m. Update from the Office of Conservation

Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Response Activity

Wednesday, Sep. 25 work-

Sinkhole Activity Code 2 – elevated – increase in number of Very Long Profile seismic activity, generally associated with movement of gas/fluid below sinkhole, in area of sinkhole/Oxy 3 cavern – requires halting all work directly on sinkhole

Sub-slab Sampling and Ventilation

– Continuing construction of enclosures for ventilation units 

ORW/CPT Wells

– Monitoring pump drawdown tests of OGRW 1 (Oxy 2 well pad) and ORW 9 (west of containment berm)

– Re-installing wellhead on ORW 30 (off northwest corner of containment berm) and connecting to flare

– Removing water from ORW 31 (off northwest corner of containment berm)

– Beginning rework of ORWs 28 and 29 (north of La. 70, west of Texas Brine facility)

– Installing MIHPTs 5 and 6 (west of containment berm)

– Connecting DPVE 47 to tank (access road west of containment berm)

– Installing lines and flow meters from DPVE/ORW water tanks for discharge into sinkhole

– Sampling all aquifer monitoring wells

Containment Berm/Roads/Sinkhole

– Placing gravel for access to ORW wells (west of Bayou Corne)

– Excavating trenches for placement of lines from DPVE/ORW water tanks for discharge into sinkhole

– Inspecting settlement plates and subsidence on containment berms

1:45 p.m. Message from DOTD, non sinkhole related

There will be lane closures on LA 69 from LA 70 (intersection at Gator Corner) to the Iberville Parish Line starting on Saturday, September 28, 2013 thru Sunday, September 29, 2013.  The closures will be from 6:30 A.M. until 6:30 P.M. daily (weather permitting).   These closures are needed for crews to install new asphalt surfacing on LA 69.

These closures will allow vehicles 11’ wide or smaller to travel through the construction zone.

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

3:40 p.m. South Central Human Services Authority Services Available

Message from the South Central LA Human Services Authority

The South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority (SCLHSA) was created by Act 449 of the 2006 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. This legislation merged the Offices of Mental Health, Addictive Disorders and Citizens with Developmental Disabilities into one integrated entity effective July 2, 2010. SCLHSA is responsible for overseeing and performing functions related to the care, training, treatment and education of individuals with addictive, mental and emotional disorders. The role of SCLHSA is to promote recovery and resiliency through the services and supports in the community that are preventative, accessible, comprehensive and dynamic. SCLHSA serves Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, Assumption, St. James, St. John the Baptist and St. Charles parishes in south Louisiana.

The combination of the cumulative stress from a displacement have shown that it is helpful to talk to someone in the recovery process. The SCLHSA can provide short-term, face-to-face outreach, education and support to help individuals and communities return to pre-disaster levels of emotional health.  Our behavioral health approach focuses on survivor’s strengths, resources, and resilience to overcome obstacles.  Our team of counselors would like to help you overcome whatever issues you are dealing with using supportive contact, referrals and resource linkage, and even presentations to your business, school, community, church, or organization. 

In the meantime, consider easing your stress in some of the following ways:

   – Stick to regular routines
   – Limit the use of caffeine/alcohol
   – Try to get some light exercise daily
   – Talk with a friend
   – Take time out each day for yourself
   – Do something relaxing and enjoyable
   – Don’t forget to laugh
   – Do fun activities with your children
   – Remind children that stress is normal
   – Talk with a SCLHSA Staff Member
   – Read a book
    – Most of all avoid dealing with your stress ALONE.  We want to help you, so please give us a call. 

There are many ways to benefit from our crisis counseling program.  The first step is making contact with  trained counselors who understand the challenges you are facing. 

SCLHSA St. Mary Behavioral Health Center: (985) 380-2460 or 800-481-6882
SCLHSA CALL Line: (877) 500-9997
Internet
: www.sclhsa.org