Demetrius: Bontesla: Wow. That's uhm. Pretty big.Know what will solve that?More tax cuts.I thought it was less regulation.
WhyteRaven74: Ihaveanevilparrot: Serious question. Is there no way a lot of the methane can be collected for fuel, rather than just burning it off?It's a matter of infrastructure, to store the gas you'd need to put in a lot of pipe and various equipment. And a growing sinkhole is not exactly the most suitable place for that.
limeyfellow: Demetrius: Bontesla: Wow. That's uhm. Pretty big.Know what will solve that?More tax cuts.I thought it was less regulation.Our two weapons are tax cuts and less regulation! And a ruthless inefficiency! Our three weapons are...
robodog: How the heck did Occidental survive Love Canal? The company should have ceased to exist when they killed all those people. Capitalism really sucks sometimes.
Misch: Arkanaut: Cool! They get their own Derweze!I was thinking Centralia, PA.
Bermuda59: All Farkers who had Louisiana as the location for the gates of hell step forward to collect your prize.
Gyrfalcon: robodog: How the heck did Occidental survive Love Canal? The company should have ceased to exist when they killed all those people. Capitalism really sucks sometimes.(nobody died at Love Canal)
Ihaveanevilparrot: Serious question. Is there no way a lot of the methane can be collected for fuel, rather than just burning it off? Kinda like trash dumps started doing quite awhile ago? Or is it venting so quickly that the infrastructure and cost to set it up would likely be a waste by the time they got it going therefore it's better and more environmentally sound to just burn it off instead?
The Larch: Was the salt dome being used as a storage tank for the natural gas and crude oil? Or had it just seeped in there?And where did the salt dome come from in the first place? Was it natural, or created from salt mining, or a byproduct of some other industrial process?And why did the salt dome collapse? Earthquake? Industrial accident? Just something that happens?Actually, there are hundreds of questions that run through my mind when I find out that one chemical company is renting a salt dome filled with crude oil and natural gas from another chemical company, and that salt dome has collapsed and flooded the surrounding environment with toxins. But I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like the answers, so I'm glad the article didn't provide any.
KrispyKritter: hope someone consulted Town in PA that's forever on fire before LA set things ablaze
Satanic_Hamster: poe_zlaw: "methane trapped in a water aquifer, stabilize the salt dome, released natural gas and crude oil as it collapsed, Three vent wells already are burning off gas, Texas Brine Co, The sinkhole, now 8 acres at the surface, is in a swampy area"Jesus. I have never seen one article so short with so, but with so many words that describe exactly the type of place I dont want to ever live or visit.What, Louisiana? :)
Gawdzila: Wait, what?Where did it say that the salt dome was being rented by anyone, or that it was being used by storage?It's a frickin' sinkhole, not a storage facility!
The Larch: Gawdzila: Wait, what?Where did it say that the salt dome was being rented by anyone, or that it was being used by storage?It's a frickin' sinkhole, not a storage facility!Salt caverns are routinely used for storage. Link.In fact, one of the reasons this collapsed salt cavern is such a problem is that Texas Brine has been illegally using other caverns in the same salt dome to store radioactive waste. http://emsnews.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/texas-brine-filled-louisiana-s alt-dome-with-radioactive-toxic-wastes/Now, again, I have no idea if the crude oil and natural gas that are forcing their way to the surface are materials that Texas Brine was storing in the salt cavern. If so, that would be good, because there's a relatively finite amount of natural gas that's going to come out (i.e., the only gas that will come out is what they put in there in the first place).The other alternative is that they've breached one of the gigantic natural gas pockets that often end up around salt domes due to geography. If this happened, it would be bad, because that would mean there is probably a *lot* of natural gas that is going to come up, for a very long time.Or, maybe this is one of the holes they've been illegally storing radioactive waste in. That would be bad too.
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