News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL EVENTS REPORT AS OF 2300 HOURS 20 AUGUST 2012
Posted: 8/22/2012 9:31:53 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center


 



GOHSEP SPECIAL EVENTS REPORT



AS OF 2300 HOURS 20 AUGUST 2012



STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL:
CRISIS ACTION TEAM



 



GOHSEP is currently monitoring and involved in the following
significant events:



 



Monitoring tropical weather



 



031-12 Bayou Corne Natural Gas Leak 19 June 2012



 



040-12 Low Water Levels, East Carroll Parish (Lake
Providence) 31 July 2012



 



042-12 Mississippi River Salt Water Intrusion Southeast
Louisiana 7 August 2012.



 



044-12 Chemical Fire Plaquemines Parish (Belle Chasse) 17
August 2012



 



Sunken Tug Boats Orleans Parish
(New Orleans) 18 August 2012



 



The State EOC is currently activated at CRISIS ACTION TEAM
level and will remain activated until further notice.



 



Additional information can be obtained on the links provided
below and on WebEOC.



 



An updated report will be
submitted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays unless additional reports are
required.



 



TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE



As of 2200 hours 20 August 2012, NWS/NHC is reporting on the
following systems in the Atlantic-Caribbean-Gulf of Mexico basin. These systems
are:



 



Tropical Storm GORDON



Invest 94 (Item 1 on the first link below)



Invest 95 (Item 2 on the first link below)



Invest 96 (Item 3 on the first link below)



 



None of these systems are currently projected to pose a
threat to Louisiana.



 



The latest location of these two systems is available at the
following link.



 



http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo_atl.shtml



 



Tropical Storm GORDON is still tracking eastward across the
Atlantic. The link below shows the latest track model for GORDON.



 



http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at3+shtml/023409.shtml?5-daynl#contents



 



Invest 94 (item 1 on the graphics in the first link is still
too far out to project an accurate track and intensity. A ridge over the United
States is expected to guide this system north-northwest and position it near
southern Florida by next Monday August 27th.while it currently is not
projected to pose a threat to Louisiana it will be watched. The link below
shows the latest track models for Invest 94.



 



http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at201294_model.html



 



Invest 95 (item 2 on the first link
above) is expected to be pushed into southern Mexico by the upper level ridge
over the United States. The link below shows the latest track models for this
system.



 



http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at201295_model.html



 



Invest 96 is also too far out to have
any certainty on its actual track but again, weather conditions over the United
States are expected to stay in place long enough to keep this system out in the
Atlantic. The link below shows the latest track models for this system.



 



http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at201296_model.html



 



GOHSEP Operations will continue monitoring all tropical
weather and will send out reports as needed.



 



031-12 BAYOU CORNE NATURAL GAS LEAK, ASSUMPTION
PARISH, 19 JUNE 2012



SITUATION:



 



SIGNIFICANT CHANGES ARE SHOWN IN
RED BOLD FACE FONTS



 



KEY HISTORICAL TIMELINE



30 May 2012: a natural gas leak was discovered in the
vicinity of Bayou Corne in Assumption
Parish.                             



 



15 June 2012: The first notification of this incident to
GOHSEP.



 



28 June 2012: 7-8 different bubbling locations between Bayou
Corne and Grand Bayou have been identified. Bubbling is still being reported.



 



3 August 2012: a report of a 200 foot by 200 foot sink/slurry
hole was reported in the area.



 



3 August 2012: A state declaration of a state of emergency
was also issued on 3 August 2012.



 



4 August 2012: A pipeline owned by CrossTex had shifted
downward and closer to the sink/slurry hole, prompting closing in and clearing
4 pipelines in the affected area and a mandatory evacuation of the Bayou Corne
community (100+ residences). All pipelines were closed in and cleared.



 



15 August 2012: Portions of the relief well were moved to
Assumption Parish to begin drilling



 



16 August 2012: An additional 50 foot section of the hole
collapsed with workers. No injuries or fatalities



 



Seismic tremors were also reported in the area from the
on-start of this incident. Significant seismic activity ceased just prior to
the sinkhole formation. There have been no significant seismic reports since 2
August.



 



Efforts are ongoing to determine the exact cause of the
bubbles and sink/slurry hole, but these events are associated with the
Texas/Brine cavern  of the salt dome below the surface in that area. The
pipelines have been ruled out as the source or cause of the bubbling.



 



The three companies with pipelines affected are:



-       
Acadian



-       
CrossTex



-       
Florida Gas



 



Samplings and lab results continue to be done along with air
monitoring by the pipeline agencies have proven inconclusive.
All          
                                                                                          



 



No injuries or fatalities have been reported to date.



 



ACTIONS BY PARISHES:



Assumption Parish:



The parish submitted a declaration on 19 June 2012 and the
parish EOP has been operating 24 hours as of 29 June 2012. The parish OEP is on
full activation. Declaration extensions were submitted on 19 July and 17
August.



 



An incident command post has been set up at the Bayou Corne
boat landing since 29 June 2012 with the parish deploying its Mobile Command
Vehicle boat landing and its hazmat trailer and repeater to the Texas Brine
location.



 



A mandatory evacuation was ordered on 3 August of the Bayou
Corne community and remains in place.



 



A shelter was established with the assistance of American
Red Cross at the Belle Rose Middle School in Belle Rose. There have been no
reports of occupancy of the shelter but the shelter remains available to
residents if needed.



 



Louisiana Highway 70 from Louisiana Highway 69 to Lee Drive
was closed from 4 to 5 August to allow companies to close in and clear their
affected pipelines.



 



Meetings and teleconferences have been held since 30 May
2012 and continue to be held as needed with all concerned parties.



 



Meetings with the community have also been conducted. The
parish OEP and Sheriff’s Office continue to receive and answer questions from
concerned citizens



 



The parish requested and received assistance from Terrebonne
and Lafourche Parishes through mutual aid to assist with RAE detection and
monitoring with this assistance beginning on 2 July 2012.



 



Requested and LDWF agent to be in their Command post at
night beginning 18 August 2012.



 



Lafourche Parish:



Assisted Assumption parish by deploying boats and area RAE
detection and monitoring equipment beginning on 2 July



 



Terrebonne Parish:



Assisted Assumption parish by deploying boats and area RAE
detection and monitoring equipment beginning on 2 July



 



St. Charles Parish:



Provided personnel and equipment to conduct radiological
monitoring



 



ACTIONS BY STATE AND OTHER AGENCIES:



GOHSEP:



GOHSEP Regional Coordinator for Region 3 remains in contact
with the parish, providing assistance as needed and providing updates on the
situation. The Regional Coordinator has been attending all meetings and
conference calls concerning this situation.



 



GOHSEP Operations created WebEOC incident 031-12 Bayou Corne Natural Gas Leak 19 June 2012.



 



Conference calls with the parish and all involved agencies
began on 25 July with the parish and agencies and continue as needed.



 



Additional radio channels to support communications efforts
within the parish were requested and provided.



 



Press releases have been issued as needed to provide
information to the public.



 



An information recap to the parish and public was started on
10 August. This information is being posted on the GOHSEP website at the
following link on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.



 



http://www.gohsep.la.gov/agencyrelated/Assumption_Situation_Summary_and_IAP_08102012.pptx



Deployed the Mobile Command Vehicle on 10 August 2012 along
with personnel to provide support and coordination.



 



Established an email address to allow any citizen to submit
requests for information that can be forwarded to and responded by the
appropriate state agency.



 



Providing GIS/mapping support to the parish and agencies
involved.



 



DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY:



Providing support for the parish and DNR



 



Conducting hazard assessment activities. NO abnormal air
quality has been detected though testing revealed an elevated level of salinity
and traces of diesel in the sink/slurry hole samples



 



Assisting with the efforts to determine the source and cause
of the bubbles and sink/slurry hole



 



Has its Mobile Lab deployed monitoring air and water quality



 



Providing oversight on Texas
Brine’s diesel remediation, air monitoring and data collection



 



DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES:



Sent three (3) agents out on 29 June to begin analyzing
seventeen (17) old well sites for possible leakage. 



 



Coordinating with pipeline companies and gas storing
operators



 



Coordinating with USGS on activities to determine the cause
of tremors in the area



 



Executed contracts to analyze gas samples



 



Deployed a representative to the parish’s command post in
July to establish a day to day presence in the parish



 



Continuing to engage the scientific community to assist with
determining the source and cause of this event



 



DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS/OFFICE OF PUBLIC
HEALTH



Have participated in conference calls and meetings



 



The PHERC Region 3 coordinator has been monitoring the
situation and coordinating with the parish and other supporting agencies



 



Reviewing data collected and provided by DNR and DEQ and
providing feedback on those reviews



 



Providing public awareness information



 



LOUISIANA STATE POLICE



Providing helicopter support to the parish since 3 August



 



Deployed the LSP Mobile Command Vehicle to the Bayou Corne
area



 



Providing hazmat support



 



LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD



Provided helicopter night time surveillance of the area
beginning from 4 August 2012 to 12 August 2012.



 



Deployed the 62nd CST to collect and analyze
samples



 



LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES



Providing air boats and operator to the parish to collect
samples



 



DEPARTMENT OF CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES



Coordinating with American Red Cross on shelter needs and
issues



 



Provided food stamp application information to the Parish



 



DEPARTMENT OF TRANPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT



Assessing Louisiana State Highway 70 to ensure its integrity
and safety has not been jeapordized.



 



Providing overflight digital
pictures of the area for use in Virtual Louisiana



 



LOUISIANA SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION



Deployed its Command Post and staff to support Assumption
Parish



 



UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY



Providing technical assistance in determining the cause and
source of the incident



 



Monitoring for seismic activity



 



LOUIIANA STATE UNIVERSITY



Assisting with testing of samples as needed



 



AMERICAN RED CROSS



Providing assistance as needed to the parish on sheltering
activities



 



042-12 MISSISSIPPI RIVER SALT WATER INTRUSION,
SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA, 7 AUGUST 2012



 



SIGNIFICANT CHANGES ARE SHOWN IN
RED BOLD FACE FONTS



 



SITUATION



A saltwater wedge is pushing upriver in the lower
Mississippi River due to the low water levels. The
toe of the wedge is approximately at river mile-marker 89.8 as of 18 August and
salt water intrusion is expected to continue migrating up the Mississippi River
until the underwater sill is constructed.  It will take approximately 45
days to complete the sill with benefits expected to be seen by 28 August (12
days from the start of dredging).



 



Due to the increased salinity levels, three fresh water
intakes have been closed (Boothville, West pointe-a-hache, East
Pointe-a-hache). It is estimated that the Belle Chasse Intake (West Bank) may
be closed early next week and the Dalcoure Intake (East Bank) would be closed
days later.



 



The current conditions in the Mississippi River could
continue through October or November unless there are significant changes in
the existing weather patterns upriver.



 



ACTIONS BY PARISHES



 



Plaquemines Parish:



The parish submitted a declaration of a state of emergency
on 7 August 2012 with EOC is activated at normal operations.



 



Has coordinated for assistance from Jefferson and Orleans
Parishes for water supplies



 



The parish is conducting daily briefings with Plaquemines
Parish leadership, GOHSEP and ACOE.



 



The parish, with the cooperation of GOHSEP and the US Army
Corp of Engineers, developed plans to mitigate the loss of fresh water due to
the closure of the river intakes. The following is overview of that plan.



 



-       
Steps were taken to barge fresh river water
(taken from areas above the saltwater wedge) and feed the water treatment
plants at both locations. This process began 8 August 2012. A similar plan is
prepared for Belle Chasse and Dalcoure but is anticipated to be implemented.



 



-       
The parish has a 12 inch water pipeline
connection with Jefferson Parish near the Boomtown Casino on Engineers Road
(West Bank). This connection will be utilized when the Belle Chasse intake is
closed, but due to the variance in water pressure between the two parishes, the
effects will be less than maximum.



 



-       
The parish negotiated with the Sewerage and
Water Board of New Orleans to complete an 8 inch pipeline connection on
Woodland Highway (West bank). It was approved and permanently installed
underground on 13 August 2012.



 



-       
The parish is having similar discussions with
St. Bernard Parish (East bank) for a pipeline connection near the Dalcoure
Water Plant.



 



-       
The parish considered mobile Reverse Osmosis
systems to be installed at two of the three southern water treatment plants.



 



-       
Requested and received 20 pallets of bottled
water from GOHSEP with the help of DOTD. Requested
an additional 16 pallets of water to be delivered by DOTD 21 August 2012.



 



-       
Requested and received bulk water assets from
LANG on 16 August 2012



 



Orleans Parish:



Has agreed to support Plaquemines Parish by providing water
from their water source



 



Jefferson Parish:



Has agreed to support Plaquemines Parish by providing water
from their water source



 



ACTIONS BY STATE AND OTHER AGENCIES



 



GOHSEP:



-       
GOSHEP Regional Coordinator is attending
meetings with and assisting the parish as need.



-       
WebEOC incident 042-12 Mississippi River Salt
Water Intrusion, Southeast Louisiana 7 August 2012 is built to support this
event.



-       
Delivered 4 pallets of bottled water to the
Parish 15 August 2012



-       
Coordinated with DOTD to deliver 16 pallets of
bottled water to the Parish on 16 August 2012



-       
Coordinated for DOTD
to deliver an additional 16 pallets of bottled water on 21 August 2012



 



DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOPSPITALS/OFFICE OF PUBLIC
HEALTH:



Ensure barges meet sanitation requirements for transporting
water



 



Ensuring water in bulk water assets from LANG is safe for
drinking



 



US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS:



Began constructing a Saltwater Sill near the LaReussite
Diversion, near RMM 64 16 Aug 2012 and  is estimated to take 45 days to
complete with positive effects possible within two weeks after the start of
construction. This project will only benefit the two water intakes that are upriver
from this location and will leave an underwater clearance of 47 feet (which is
the minimum) for the deep-water draft vessels using the river.



 



DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT



Delivered 16 pallets of bottled water to the Parish on 16
August 2012



Scheduled to deliver 16 more
pallets of bottled water on 21 August 2012



 



LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD



Provided bulk water assets and personnel to the parish with
additional assets positioned at Jackson Barracks in case needed.



 



040-12 LOW WATER LEVELS EAST CARROLL PARISH (LAKE
PROVIDENCE) 31 JULY 2012



 



SIGNIFICANT CHANGES ARE SHOWN IN
RED BOLD FACE FONTS



 



SITUATION



Low water levels in the Mississippi River near Lake
Providence, La in East Carroll Parish is preventing is preventing commercial
vessels from entering the Mississippi River once loaded.



 



Dredging began on 10 August by assets coordinated by Army
Corps of Engineers to deepen the channel and allow commercial vessels to enter
the Mississippi River. It is estimated that dredging will continue until 19 September
2012.



 



ACTIONS BY PARISHES



East Carroll Parish requested and received assistance from
the State and Army Corps of Engineers



 



ACTIONS BY STATE AND OTHER AGENCIES



 



GOHSEP:



Created WebEOC incident 040-12 Low Water Levels, East
Carroll Parish (Lake Providence) 31 July 2012



 



Army Corps of
Engineers:



Coordinated for a dredge to deepen the channel to support
commercial river traffic.



 



044-12 Chemical
Fire Plaquemines Parish (Belle Chasse) 17 August 2012



 



This will be the final report for
this incident



 



A 6000 gallon capacity chemical storage tank containing
devinylbenzene at Sun Drilling caught fire due to a lightning strike about 1:30
OM 17 August 2012. It was uncertain how much chemicals was actually in the
tank. The fire did produce a chemical plume. The fire was placed under control
at about 1600 hours and reported out at about 1800 hours.



 



A portion of Highway 23 was closed but was reopened at about
1600 hours 17 August.



 



No reports of injuries or fatalities were received.



 



Near site evacuations were ordered while other businesses
and residents in the area were asked to remain in doors. The evacuation zone
was hardened and increased due to concerns about structural integrity of the
chemical tank.



The Belle Chasse Ferry was
relocated 2 miles down river and was operational again at 1030 hours 18 August



 



The evacuation order was lifted
and residents were allowed to returned to their homes at 1000 hours 18 August
2012



 



ACTIONS BY PARISH



The parish EOC was partially
activated overnight for this incident



 



Parish Fire Department assets were activated.



 



The parish requested 2 each CO2 tankers which was cancelled
by State Fire Marshall at about 1900 hours.



 



Opened up a shelter at 6 PM on 17 August 2012 with the
assistant of American Red Cross at Belle Chasse Auditorium. Maximum shelter
population was 30.



 



Provided cots and blankets to the
shelter



 



EMS personnel evacuated special
needs patients in the affected area



 



ACTIONS BY STATE AND OTHER AGENCIES



GOHSEP:



Created incident 044-12 Chemical Fire Plaquemines Parish
(Belle Chasse) 17 August 2012



 



Coordinated locating CO2 tankers to assist fighting the
chemical fire



 



LOUISIANA STATE POLICE:



Established command of the situation



 



STATE FIRE MARSHALL:



Deployed to the scene



 



AMERICAN RED CROSS:



Provided 100 meals to parish responders on 17 August



 



Deployed canteen trucks to the
incident



 



Assisting with parish shelter in Belle Chasse



 



SALVATION ARMY



Provided meals for the shelter
and first responders



 



US COAST GUARD



Had the Belle Chasse ferry
relocated 2 miles down river



 



SUNKEN TUG BOATS ORLEANS PARISH
(NEW ORLEANS) 18 AUGUST 2012



 



SITUATION



At about 1013 hours 18 August
2012, GOHSEP Operations Desk received a report of 2 tug boats that sank in the
Mississippi River about 6 am 18 August at about mile marker 102.2 holding about
14,000 gallons of diesel.



 



As of 19 August, an estimated
7000 gallons of diesel had been discharged



 



As of 20 August, about 10,000
gallons of oily water has been recovered, 50 percent of which is estimated to
be oil and 50 percent water.



 



The owners of the tugs, E.N.
Brisso and Son Inc took responsibility for the incident and hired United States
Environmental Services (USES) to conduct cleanup operations. The tugs involved
were the Glady B and the Peggy H.



 



Skimmers, boom (1800 feet of
containment and 2000 feet of absorbent) were deployed to contain and clean up
the diesel. All recoverable product has been collected as of 20 August with
containment boom remaining in place.



 



Divers were deployed to plug the
vent releasing the diesel



 



There is no hazard to navigation
and the Vessel Traffic Center (VTC) issued a slow bell for the area



 



ACTIONS BY STATE AND OTHER
AGENCIES



GOHSEP



GOSHEP Operations Desk contacted
the Region 1 Coordinator



 



USCG



Responded to the incident



 



E.N. BRISSO AND SON INC



Submitted a salvage plan to
recover the tugs



 



Hired United States Environmental
Services (USES) to conduct cleanup operations.



 



 



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