8:30 a.m. Update from the Office of Conservation (2/13/2014)

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Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Response Activity

Thursday, Feb. 13 work-

Sinkhole Activity Code 1 – indicating work is allowed on sinkhole and within containment berms. Seismic monitoring indicates continued low levels of subsurface activity near sinkhole/Oxy 3.

Air Monitoring/Sub-slab Sampling and Ventilation

– Conducting ventilation system inspections


– Pouring concrete for surface completions of ORWs 55, 56 (west of Bayou Corne, south of Sportsman’s Landing), 57 (east of Oxy 10 well pad) and 58 (south of La 70, west of Texas Brine facility)

– Building fence around ORW 58 (south of La 70, west of Texas Brine facility)

– Extending risers on passive vent wells PVW 1 (west of Bayou Corne) and 4 (east of Sportsman’s Landing) above accumulated water around wells

– Moving pump test equipment from ORW 38 (north of Sauce Piquante) to ORW 21 (north of Sauce Piquante, west of Crawfish Stew)

– Demobilizing barge and tank on Bubble Site 56 passive vent well site (west side of Bayou Corne, north of La 70), replacing with water drum on platform

Containment Berm/Roads/Sinkhole

– Placing silt fence along ORW access road on west side of Bayou Corne, south of La 70

– Conducting sinkhole depth survey