As if the storms and floods haven’t ravaged Assumption Parish, Louisiana enough recently, sparking fears that the contents of the Great Sinkhole-become-lake, are transmitting to the surrounding canals, swamps and bayous; now another threat looms on the horizon.
Many residents have been angered that Golden Gate Petroleum, Grand Gulf, and Petrodome wells at the Dugas&LeBlanc #3, and the Hensarling Well #1 Drilling Permits were approved by LDNR, and that drilling operations were going forward while the Sinkhole formed in August of 2012, and with good justification. Any wells being drilled anywhere near the Napoleonville Salt Dome area seems the height of irresponsibility on the part of LDNR. Although, many have defended the Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources because these permits were already in the process before the actual “Stinkhole” formed, seems empty and hollow to the victims of this environmental disaster.
(AN ASIDE: Yet as of this date, it seems the ‘Hensarling Well’ is soon to be heading, according to the reports below, towards another Mantle-type Blowout. Seems they dodged a bullet this time, but keep in mind these were just the sort of reports Mantle Oil & Gas gave in August of 2010, just before the ‘Blow Out Preventer’ failed and this occurred as shown in the video)
HENSARLING WELL #1
RAN FREEPOINT; SWABBED; STUCK DRILL PIPE @ 10191′ ; ATTMPT TO FREE; TIH W/ CMT STINGER ASSY TO 7490′ ; COND; WASH; TSTD BOP 12/19/12; SET CMT RET @ 2410′ W/ TOC @ 2360′ W/ 140 SXS;LOGGED; SET CIBP @ 2345′ ; MILLED WINDOW FM 2323-2340′ ; SET2/S @ 2345′ ; DRLD/SLIDE/ SURVEYED; RNG 7″ CSG TO 9239′
Now though, this ‘before stinkhole’ argument cannot apply to present day, and it is seen by many to be a ‘slap in the face’ to the homeowners that have endured so much already, then only to find out that Gulf South Operators, is now preparing to drill a 10,750 ft. well for oil and gas on the ALDEN P CHARLET, (ET AL) property; rubber stamped by LDNR on December 21st, 2012. (Well Serial Number: 245837)
Many whom still remember the 2003 Gulf South Incident, and just shortly after it commenced operations, the Magnolia salt cavern storage facility in the Napoleonville Salt Dome, experienced a gas leak due to a crack that developed in a well casing near the top of the cavern, leading to a release of 600 million cubic feet of methane gas and led to the evacuation of nearby residents within a one mile radius of the storage facility in which residents were evacuated for 50 days, and resulted in Homeowners being bought out in the Grand Bayou community by Gulf South and Dow Chemical Corporation.
This has not yet been offered to the residents of Bayou Corne, just north of the Gulf South incident. Yet here is Gulf South again attempting to drill in a climate not very conducive to their operations, nor grateful for their timing.
Gulf South’s Permit is located at this link: http://ucmwww.dnr.state.la.us/ucmsearch/UCMRedir.aspx?url=http%3a%2f%2fdnrucm%2fucm%2fgroups%2fconservation%2fdocuments%2fooc%2f4420407.pdf
Another very interesting tidbit is contained within this permit and is the map that is also contained within it.
Please take note of the name Martin S. Triche, whose property has Shell Oil B-1 Well. This begs the question, “Is this the same Martin S. Triche that is a Lawyer, Land Owner, and is also the President of the Assumption Parish Police Jury”?
View Mr. Triche at this link: http://assumptionla.com/node/110
Is this the same Martin S. Triche that stood at the last Resident’s Meeting and stated,
“I just want to tell that you sit here and you tell us you’ve committed to doing everything you can to resolve the situation and all we can do is take you at face value,” Triche told Bruce Martin, Texas Brine’s vice president of operations, during the meeting amid a broad critique of the company’s response.
“But I can tell you, for those of you that were here, the response to the 2003 incident and what we see today are night and day,” Triche said.
Triche, a lawyer, represented Dow in later litigation over the 2003 Gulf South/Dow gas leak.
(Note: Embedding has now been disabled, so please click the youtube link in the vid window starting at the 5 minutes and 20 seconds mark of this video)
(More to be added to this story as it happens)