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Meet the Town That's Being Swallowed By a Sinkhole


Environment  (tags: Bayou Corne, Louisiana, Lake Peigneur 1980, Texaco, natural gas giant AGL Resources, Texas Brine, sinkhole, environmental disaster, explosive gases )

Dandelion
- 340 days ago - motherjones.com
In November 1980 a Texaco oil rig punctured the top of a salt mine situated beneath the lake. The water above emptied into the mine, creating a whirlpool that sucked 11 barges into the caverns below. Here we go again! The Gulf of Mexico has salt domes too



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Dandelion G. (381)
Friday August 23, 2013, 5:51 am
Again, another town, another community, more citizens are suffering from uncontrolled drilling and energy policies. The shame of it all is that we have green technologies now that could avoid such things. Our lands, animals, and people do not have to suffer such disasters. But our Leadership is not protecting us and is only protecting the interest of some at the expense of the many.

Here is the actual video of the trees being sucked in. I wanted to place the story I did on as it gives the whole backdrop. That video covers the conversation with the people before this latest visual of trees going in took place.
Trees Being Sucked Into Sink Hole

A year ago I had placed a story on about the Lake Peigneur sinkhole disaster that sucked in 11 barges. For anyone wanting to view that video and get a better understanding of how POWERFUL this sucking can be please go to the link below.
Lake Peigneur Sinkhole Disaster

As I tried to bring forth before when I placed the other video on over a year ago, we have drilling going on in the Gulf of Mexico. There are salt dome caverns under the Gulf of Mexico too. Wonder if a large salt dome is punctured under the Gulf of Mexico, a large body of water, and it begins to flow down into a salt dome.

If trees and 11 barges can be sucked down into the earth what could happen in the Gulf of Mexico?
 

AniMae Chi (393)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:20 am
Horrible!
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:04 am

This remarkable because it is an American town, this is not the only oil fractured drilling that has caused a sink hole. There are others, and there will be many more. Just as there numerous cases of severe pipeline leaks, well head explosions, proof of air, water and human health be permanently affected. Fracturing of below ground rocks, think of a mountain range under the earth, will cause disastrous results. This is not unknown information to the OIL and Gas companies nor is it not known by government officials. This is Geology 101, each of us that have studied Earth Science know this.

This current fracturing (FRACKING) is moving as fast (and careless) as possible. Neither the companies nor the government has been under so much pressure to end this reckless global race to win the last few dollars of fossil fuel. The calls for no more drilling and ending the FRACKING race are coming from countries all over the globe. In 30 to 50 years, there will be no reachable reserves, and these companies, like the tobacco companies will need to divest and reinvest, they have no current incentive to do that. However, the damage done will not be something we can cover with a band aid and forget. Thank you, Dandelion.
 

Arielle S. (316)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:21 am
We have a map that shows the future USA with great empty areas - no more land, just water. I always thought it was due to rising sea levels but obviously, it's fracking that does it. What more will it take, I wonder, before the outcry is loud enough?
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Friday August 23, 2013, 8:26 am
Sux and shared.
 

Christeen Anderson (480)
Friday August 23, 2013, 9:30 am
Horrific.
 

Ellen J. (90)
Friday August 23, 2013, 9:34 am
Thanks for posting this; I tweeted/pinned/Facebooked the story. I guess the rich folks don't care that they are killing themselves as well as the rest of us through their greed.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Friday August 23, 2013, 9:38 am
Thank you ~ shared
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1634)
Friday August 23, 2013, 9:43 am
With all the devestation happening around us, and to us, I wonder why Jesus hasn't made His return yet? What in the world is He waiting for? Rapture is here, it's NOW!! I know God knows what going on; makes me wanto to run up to Heaven, jerk Jesus off His throne and say; 'Come on, Lord! You've got work to do! NOW!!' TYSM Dandelion for this and all your posts.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday August 23, 2013, 9:47 am
For once I am speechless.
 

Julie E. (330)
Friday August 23, 2013, 10:22 am
So many somewhat unexplained sinkholes are happening everywhere. And then the "preventable" sinkholes. This is so scary. Thank you Dandelion.

My mind keeps going back to a report from this year about a resident who was sleeping in the middle of the night at home, and all of a sudden he and and his bed and most of his room were sucked down into earth about 60 feet. He kept hollering for his brother, per his brother. He could not be saved. His body will never be recovered. Now this freaks me out! I have seen a sink hole where I worked last. Water had been leaking and washed dirt away. It got deep, scary deep.

These damn "PREVENTABLE" sinkholes, so scary, alarming, and we need to speak up loud and clear.
 

Natasha Salgado (511)
Friday August 23, 2013, 10:36 am
Very eerie...can something be done to prevent this sink hole from getting bigger?? Or just stopping it somehow...thanks Dandelion
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Friday August 23, 2013, 10:53 am
TY
 

Deb E. (64)
Friday August 23, 2013, 11:15 am
I can't believe the pretentiousness of those who believe we can actually drill into this earth without repercussion from it, especially given that "to err is human". We need to look at our energy "needs" with some different perspectives. What are the goals of humanity? To get rich? To have an easy life? Because, for the majority of the world, we aren't even close. Respecting this planet would be a start as a mantra for living on it, but until we get the majority of people to a place in their minds where they realize that the way we live today is just plain stupid, we will continue searching for ways to make our lives "easier". Necessity is supposed to be the mother of invention ... not "desire" for an easier life. If it cannot be gotten without possible destruction to the earth, you'd think it would be a "no-brainer" not to do it. These people never learn, do they? Arrogant fools.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Friday August 23, 2013, 12:04 pm
I recall that story Julie, very sad and tragic. As you say, is one thing for the natural forming sinkholes but many in Florida cave in due to the lowering of the aquifer due to the over development instead of trying to sell the homes that exist rather than contain some of the sprawl into areas that really shouldn't be built in.

With people being careless with their water use both inside and outside of their homes. I like to have a dollar for every sprinkler system I see watering the lawn while it's raining (there are sensors that can be added to prevent that) as well as systems watering the pavements, which is caused by poor installation or failing to do upkeep. These are preventable some are caused by droughts, unpreventable, but then with global warming who knows.

These sinkholes that are being caused by the fracking and drilling are preventable and so un-necessary to our energy needs if we'd only move in other directions. Unfortunately the drive for ever more money for a few is causing real disasters for others. It's either the individual homeowners, towns people, or taxpayer that picks up the bill while the ones who caused the issues live high on the hog and avoid paying their taxes however it is possible for them to do so.

Unfortunately Natasha, it's very difficult if not impossible to stop a sinkhole from getting larger. Sinkholes have to sort of run their coarse by filling in the cavern underneath and those can range from small to enormous in size. This sinkhole to the story is 750 feet deep and 24 acres, still growing. That is gigantic, I'm not sure what could be done to fill it. Whole trees are being swallowed into it and that is what troubles me knowing there are salt domes under the Gulf of Mexico, how big are they? If one was opened could it suck in a cruise liner? I do think that is possible as the sinkhole in Lake Peigneur sucked in 11 barges. Would the pull on the States coasts be taken in, after all Florida is only a big sandbar to begin with.
 

tasunka m. (333)
Friday August 23, 2013, 12:10 pm
We have become worse than a third world country, more like a no world country if they keep killing our mother earth. Sadly noted.
Thanks Dandelion
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday August 23, 2013, 12:35 pm

Sink holes can fill with water, not all do. The water is not going support human or any other life as we know life. This water is befouled by the chemicals used in drilling. In time the water becomes stagnant, it just might support some mosquitoes.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Friday August 23, 2013, 12:41 pm
Excerpts:

Salt caverns account for just 7 percent of all natural gas storage facilities in the United States (although that number is increasing) but 100 percent of all major accidents, according to one industry analyst.

Bayou Corne is the biggest ongoing industrial disaster in the United States you haven't heard of. This should be blasted all over the news but Corporate media will not do so.

In addition to creating a massive sinkhole, it has unearthed an uncomfortable truth: Modern mining and drilling techniques are disturbing the geological order in ways that scientists still don't fully understand.
 

Wendy G. (53)
Friday August 23, 2013, 1:47 pm
I have seen news reports of houses being sucked into sinkholes; it's really scary to think it is actually real and happening.
 

Dave C. (213)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:03 pm
and yet many don't want to stop drilling, mining, etc......
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:30 pm
Thank you, Dandelion. I saw a piece on MSNBC last night and they reported that the sinkhole is over 700 feet deep and growing! We are going to see more sinkholes develop as a result of fracking because they are taking out the gas which leaves a void beneath the earth's crust in the same way that mining does. It is absolutely horrifying when you think about what these companies are doing to the planet. We have to demand for our government to stop it now before we have a major catastrophe! (n, p, t)
 

Mike M. (55)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:31 pm
It is a real shame that those that do the damage and make the money from this devastation have to bear no consequences for there actions
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:38 pm
This tragedy is beyond anything anyone could have ever imagined in the land and certainly the world is in shock and grief for what is occurring in the USA.
 

lee e. (114)
Friday August 23, 2013, 3:49 pm
These incidents may as yet be "undefined" - but anyone who has studied even the smallest of literature provided about fracking and salt caverns, anyone who has read of the proof of seismic activity associated with fracking, should be well aware of the fact that none of these "side effects" are surprising, and have been experienced with ever more recurrence - once held as an anomaly of nature is now a result directly due to the irresponsibility of industrialists, the desire to ease regulations, the kicking the can of "blame" down the road to the next greedy son of a bitch who insists either his town must have this "job opportunity", or his oil company can grab the bucks and pass on the damage. These are a despicable group of 1%ers taking advantage of the earth! Meanwhile we're watching Yosemite being jeopardized by fires gone out of control, record heat, weather that is shouting "global warming" - but the oil magnates simply frack the hell out of every inch of shale and are personally responsible for all of these "side effects" that are destroying the planet! I honestly feel - as the article perversely mentioned - that there is no point to cleaning up after such spills, since it can't be done, and I'm beginning to feel the years of petitions and protests seem to be in vain - but I'm not willing to quit yet!
Thanks Sheryl!
 

GGmaSheila D. (134)
Friday August 23, 2013, 4:50 pm
Watched, read, noted with lots of anxiety...Up in MN , not too far from what the one video said was the center of that plate. Thinking how glad I am that I don't live in FL, CA, or any of those coastal towns in between. Getting more than a little scary out there...and in here. Thanks(?) - kinda liked it when my head was in the sand.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Friday August 23, 2013, 5:08 pm
I hear you Sheila, unfortunately, what you don't know WILL hurt you. We need more people knowing the truth, it is the only way we will save ourselves.
 

Pat B. (354)
Friday August 23, 2013, 5:18 pm
They did a piece on CNN the other day about this...indeed...frightening in how it showed live video of sucking down the trees, and everything in it's path. UGH.!! Thanks, Sheryl for this information.
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Friday August 23, 2013, 5:55 pm
Thank you Dandelion,
I saw the piece about the trees going down, on last night's news.
This is a part of the Plutocracy's impact on on the country, and its people, about which the Plutocracy gives not a damn. thought, ironically, they would be happy to dam up anything, if it made still MORE money for them.
This is what Noam Chomsky's talk, read on Lynn S's posting, yesterday, referred to, in part.
This is what "Democracy for the Few," by Michael Parenti talks about, as well as Richard Wolff's "Capitalism Hits the Fan."
People have to get out there, and let the powers that be that we do not like what is happening to "America the Beautiful," because it just isn't beautiful...and will only get worse if it isn't stopped.
AND, do NOT let the Repugs tell you that, somehow, this provides jobs for Americans, because that is their stock phrase for the sheep to follow, while they export jobs, and resources,; drain, or in this case, suck the country dry for profit.
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:22 pm
Awfull!
 

Terry V. (30)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:49 pm
"There is something fundamentally wrong with treating the earth as if it were a business in liquidation."
~ Herman Daly

Earth Cry

AFTERMATH
 

Ravenna C. (20)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:19 pm
I have been following the Assumption Parrish sinkhole for months. What I find more than a little disgusting is the way mainstream media has completely blacked this out. They are acting like everything is hunky dory in Louisiana.

It seems like the BP drilling disaster started a domino effect of bad bad things. My understanding is that one of the other domes is filled with butane and for a while (and maybe still) they were very concerned that this dome would cave in with that one and go BOOM!

I just love how the Corporate Owned Mainstream media has completely ignored this ongoing catastrophe. If I was a resident of Louisiana I would be ready to mutiny by now!
 

Laurie H. (693)
Friday August 23, 2013, 9:33 pm
My dear God, this is so very frightening, Thank you for all of your informative postings, Sheryl. Our earth is bleeding and crying---I'm not surprised at all---so much has & IS being done to destroy it at it's very core!!!! So much shame to go around!!~
 

Rehana VN (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 9:57 pm
Unfortunately just too late for this one,however, no one is paying attention to the consequences because drilling,fracking ,blasting etc is stil carrying on regardless. Mad,greedy,stupid humans will never ever learn.Sad & sorry state we're in.
 

Judy C. (106)
Friday August 23, 2013, 10:37 pm
Thanks for posting this, Dandelion. The energy companies are taking more and more risks, perhaps because they see the writing on the wall. Fossil fuels are going to become largely obsolete, and they're trying to wring every dollar out of the earth that they can, and to hell with the consequences. I've posted a few articles on this topic. Here's the link for this frightening trend occurring in China.


Living a Nightmare in China's City of Sinkholes
 

Marie W. (64)
Friday August 23, 2013, 11:32 pm
So how's that love affair with the oil/gas corpses going Louisiana? Thought ya could frack & drill in the bayou with no problems while Jindal swooned with Chevron, BP, etc. Now it has come round.
 

FranNOMAILPLS Darcy (213)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 1:06 am
noted
 

Gene Jacobson (247)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:15 am
Honestly, I think that with the ever increasing amount of fracking going on, the entire country might fall into a sinkhole. What happens if we so damage the Yellowstone caldera that it collapses and then explodes? I grant North Dakota may not be much of a loss given how insane that legislature is right now, but sinkholes are an inevitable outcome of fracking.

"One night in August 2012, after months of unexplained seismic activity and mysterious bubbling on the bayou, a sinkhole opened up on a plot of land leased by the petrochemical company Texas Brine, forcing an immediate evacuation of Bayou Corne's 350 residents—an exodus that still has no end in sight."

Quite right, no end in sight because business has no intention of ever putting people before dollars, come hell or high water and in truth, it will likely be both. And not just in one town.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 5:47 am
Thank you.
 

LaurenAWAY Kozen (153)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 6:09 am
Horrible. Noted & Shared. Thanks for posting.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 6:20 am
Remember the 5th of November.....even if it is to hold a sign in front of your town hall to state you do not agree to this ongoing fracking and want an end to it and moving asap to green technologies that exist.
Join Us November 5
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 6:59 am
Thanks Judy for your link. I did check it out. One can only build so many resorts and eateries on the side of the sinkholes. What about all the jobs destroyed, the farm land that is no more. When one read the article there was enterprising people that made lemon out of lemonade but how many just got a sour deal.
 

Terrie Williams (761)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 7:59 am
Mamma Nature has just about had it with us puny little varmints and she's fixin' to just shrug us off ....like so many ....bothersome gnats. Biblical Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrmaggeddon...NO, I am talking about Natural Law. The Earth ALWAYS, always gets rid of the excess, the overly dangerous or that which is no longer, or not needed. She discards that which is no longer viable. She has done it several times. No religioulous hocus-pocus needed, she IS the real thing and She will fight back to save Herself.

If we do not stop this raping and pillaging of Her resources PDQ, we are headed for a mass extinction event of our own making. Move over T-Rex, et al, here comes the most self-destructive, self-aggrandizing, self-absorbed and mentally stunted species of all...right.into the ol' File 13.
 

Lindsey O. (19)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 8:10 am
"...Experts say that thousands of sinkholes form in Florida each year, the Associated Press reported. In addition to sitting on highly porous limestone, the state has additional factors that can lead to the formation of sinkholes, including extreme weather and aquifer pumping.

"There's hardly a place in Florida that's immune to sinkholes," Sandy Nettles, the owner of a geology consulting company in the Tampa area, told the Associated Press.

In an effort to prevent injuries, deaths, and property losses caused by sinkholes, scientists have tested various methods of detecting the underground cavities that can lead to sinkholes. These include radar, seismography, and electrical resistivity testing, according to the institute's website.

You don't have to be a scientist to be able to recognize certain signs that a sinkhole is about to open up. A brochure issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District lists several sinkhole warning signs, including slumping trees or fence posts; the formation of small ponds in areas where water has not collected before; wilting of small, circular areas of vegetation; and structural cracks in walls.

But despite efforts to spot sinkholes before they occur, there are still plenty of unpleasant -- and occasionally tragic -- surprises

Said Settles, "There's no way of ever predicting where a sinkhole is going to occur."..."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/03/what-causes-sinkholes-florida-tragedy-science-subsidence_n_2799848.html

I live in a sinkhole-prevalent area as well (Alabama). And was once half-swallowed by one in my brother' backyard. And we need to be careful and monitor what we can - but we can't predict every potential tragedy.
 

AMY MAYNARD (212)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 11:40 am
This is very scarey! Thanks
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 12:33 pm
It sure is. Let others know what Fracking does and please voice out that you want this to stop or at least slowed down so other alternatives that do not harm the environment can be fast tracked.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 12:39 pm
Yes, there are sinkholes in Florida, there are natural reasons why they cave in. Article however was not about Florida sinkholes but about a particular industrial accident in Louisiana that has CAUSED this to occur. This was not a natural event, this was man made.

Let us not deflect a real man made issue in Louisiana with natural occurring sinkhole in Florida.
 

Diane K. (136)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 1:57 pm
This is pretty scary stuff. Thanks for posting, Dandelion!
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 3:33 pm
Noted & just want to add my thanks for posting, Dandelion. Yes, I saw that msnbc reported on this last night, too. And, there was an online video I shared earlier today. We must make sure that all this info is shared so people know what is happening. Although I've always been one interested in various conspiracies....(but not necessarily believing all)....it just seems to me from reading about all the damage done below ground in the U.S.--that those living in rural areas are being forced from their homes due to the toxic nature of all the fracking, drilling, mining....
 

Lindsey O. (19)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 3:39 pm
My apologies, Dandelion. I confused Florida and Louisiana in my mind.
 

SuSanne P. (181)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 4:09 pm
Thank you Dandelion. I am preparing all my information for Nov. 5th, and FRACKING is top of my list. Too disgusted to add to what has already been shared.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 5:13 pm
Very kind of you to say so Lindsey. Appreciated.
 

Brian M. (145)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 5:28 pm
Between all the drilling and all the fracking, it will be no surprise as sinkholes and mega-sinkholes start opening up everywhere.
 

Edwin M. (366)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 5:40 pm
We continue to abuse our planet, it should come as no surprise when we see the effects of that abuse.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 6:31 pm
Shocking.

When will we ever learn?
 

Edith B. (142)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 9:14 pm
I saw the video on MSNBc of the trees sinking. Manmade destruction is going on all over the country. We have to by mine subsidence insurance here because we don't know if a coal company has drilled under our houses or not. Sickening.
 

Tom C. (12)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 4:28 am
With fracking ADDED to the mix of "processes" this problem is only going to escalate badly. I recently left a comment on another similar petition regarding the fact that for curiosity sake,I did a rough volumetric calculation a while back,based upon JUST the average daily global use (gluttony) of oil. The results of that equation would amaze and likely scare the crap out of most people.
In very basic theory though,picture a filled balloon.
Now it really doesn't matter if that balloon is filled with a gas,a liquid, or a solid,or combination thereof. What DOES matter is if you REMOVE part of that contents,then WHAT, by simple laws of nature/physics, happens to that balloon?!
It implodes/collapses!
Now we KNOW that the earth is NOT hollow and it is also NOT filled with ONLY oil, so, when you take the earths surface area percentage that is water, (oceans,lakes,etc) plus the area that IS housing developed, and run that into even a very rough equation, using even basic average consumption rates,the voids and their depths within the entire earth are startling.
This is NOT going to end well,and EVEN the global elites idea that they can live in their mega billion $ underground facilities is NOT going to really work for them either,BECAUSE man can build nothing that nature and/or a cosmic level event,like a supernova, polar shift (gravitational and magnetic fields),continental shift earthquakes etc. cannot destroy/remove so that nature, again, does the equalization and re balance process of correcting and/or removing the source of the problem that created the gross imbalance and the subsequent damage that was done .
However;BIG corrections and re balances like this have a nasty habit of removing humans, and most, if not all surface living species,and reducing them back down to simple,basic parts of the planet and/or space.
This is nature's,physics,energy,and the universe(s) way of correcting BIG imbalances,(problems), because it brings EVERYTHING back to an EQUAL level of importance to the whole. Thus,no single species, etc. radically affecting the overall balance (screwing up) everything else. The universe(s) is/are NOT dependent on humans. In fact,quite the opposite.
This gluttony for oil,is another example of where the misuse of technology will lead to a demise.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 6:20 am
Be it mathematical or natural law as Terrie mentions what my ancestors understood all to well is when one is not walking in balance it is out of harmony. When not in harmony there will be a Great Cleansing.
 

Tom C. (12)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 6:42 am
Quite true Dandelion.
The time of Great Cleansing is long overdue. Not only for this problem, but the total disregard for nature,even the planet itself and disregard to anyone other than themselves,including ALL other life, is beyond anything that can be allowed to continue destroying all balance.
Yes,while I am quite knowledgeable in math,physics,chemistry,and other sciences,etc. nonetheless, these are ALL mankind's concepts.and I am in TOTAL agreement with your statement. I will ALWAYS trust and choose the knowledge, decisions, and choices presented by NATURE over those presented by mankind.
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 8:46 am
Fracking and other means of destroying the earth may be "good for" oil and gas companies, but for insurance companies, not so much. Really, there are some good insurance companies out there who are doing their best to provide homeowners with insurance that actually covers them at prices as reasonable as they can make them. It's not possible to do that if you write insurance in areas with known sinkholes. Reputable companies will start pulling out of states with sinkholes, leaving only the sharks, unless the state itself comes up with its own insurance for sinkholes, as California did with earthquake, also a less than ideal solution. I know this is small in comparison to loss of life and the loss of chunks of our natural world, but it does affect home ownership, which is also under attack. If you are struggling to pay your mortgage the last thing you need is for your insurance company to leave your state. Or even raise premiums sky high. I shudder to think what must have happened to homeowners insurance premiums in Louisiana during the last few years.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 8:52 am
Good point Joanne, I know when Florida had the really bad season of 04 for hurricanes most insurers would no longer cover hurricane damages unless you placed a rider onto it. The insurance was going to double for many and that is a lot of money for those who are struggling already. As with a lot of things that were once possible for the "middle class" home ownership is slipping away for many people.
 

Ellen G. (338)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 11:18 am
Our beautiful planet may never mend from our greedy hands
 

Charlie Rush (48)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 11:36 am
One can only try to comprehend the pain being suffered by people in these areas.

My main comment is, being angry will not fix the problem, unless the people are 'willing' to stop Big Business from any further destruction. Many citizens, who dislike and/or hate President Obama and choose to ignore our environmental problems, are cutting off their nose to spite their face. Just because, you are against one person or party, does not guarantee that the other party has your best interests at heart.

Yes, be angry, but be angry for the right reasons.
Big Business is your responsible party, here, and the people who did nothing or speak up, in order to stop their greedy objective.
A fast _money fix_ has proven, again, to benefit no one, except corporate power..

Don't become blind-sighted by your refusal to see the forest for the trees.
 

Charlie Rush (48)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 11:52 am
To Mitchell D.: Your point in very well taken.
Yes, we'll give you a job, but.......that job will only last until the land is decimated and you no longer have a home and/or land to call your own. If the land and/or your home survives, great, but it may not be worth anything, after we are through. At least you have shelter, maybe.
Well, anyway, try to sell it as quickly as possible.

This may sound extreme, but it isn't extreme if it happens to YOU.
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 6:01 pm
Im exhausted with all of this..every where I turn is another blow to the earth to animals to US all in the name of greed. I have a few family members who are full blown republicans and who say we MUST put the pipeline in and we MUST become independent.. ..we ALREADY ARE..cant they see it? The govt doesnt want us to use the sun and wind power because they cant harness it to profit from. DONT THEY SEE WHAT THE GOVT IS doing?? Im a stupid tree hugging liberal (on most fronts) who spreads lies about how bad the pipeline will be. My GOD are they so hypnotized/BRAINWASHED by right wing rhetoric that they cant see for themselves? The next generation is spouting this crap off as well. and what do they know they are KIDS who listen to talk radio drivel.
I give up. Im done. I SERIOUSLY wish a huge sinkhole would just take us all away (if they wont take the greedy and ignorant than just take all of us)
I need another break..Ive slept the last two days cuz I just cant take anymore
and i was considering buying something here in FL but everyday is another sinkhole story.*sigh*

Like Barb said. where is Jesus?


 

Susan Allen (221)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 6:18 pm
Absolutely horrible. I firmly believe that the earth can not take this fracking. I mean it only makes sense. It always made sense to me. I mean it's a no brainer. Why is there anyone anywhere that believes fracking is safe in any way shape or form. I simply don't get it. Jesus? really guys .... I'll be nice and leave it at that. Noted and shared.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Monday August 26, 2013, 12:20 am
Thank you for posting this very important article, Dandelion. Unregulated (or under-regulated) capitalism is killing us (literally). In a sane (or less greedy) world, activities that cause the surface of the earth to collapse would not be allowed. Yet they are being allowed, and people who had nothing to do with what caused these terrifying events are being killed, are being forced to relocate or live in constant fear, are losing their homes and precious possessions and, as Joanne mentioned in her post, will probably have to pay exorbitant insurance premiums to cover the possible loss of their homes and belongings. It's insane!

Maybe mother nature will get her revenge by creating sinkholes under the headquarters of the corporations that are abusing her for their own greedy purposes.
 

Patricia E. G. (50)
Monday August 26, 2013, 1:54 am
No Susanne, Sinkholes under the headquarters will never happen.
Only the innocent become the victims of greedy capitalists. Although,
Texas Brine and it's mother company Occidental Chemical Corp. must
be held monetarily responsible for the damages to the citizens of Bayou
Corne.
Thank you Sheryl for this update. I was stunned at swallowed-up trees on the News.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Monday August 26, 2013, 10:00 am
I know Gina, is hard to talk to those who have bought into the Corporate line, for I won't even say the Party line as the Parties have been bought out by Wall Street. I think they just take the sound bites and just run with them, for if they truly took the time to read and comprehend what is going on, I can't see how in the world they'd want to back it.

This becoming fuel Independent is another great scam added into other scams played out upon the public. We are sending a lot of the natural gas to other Countries, like Japan, who is buying it at inflated costs. While our homes are destroyed because of sinkholes, polluted water, or water that now no longer exists as fracking requires water in great amounts for the process these International Companies are making big money and leave their destruction behind. Once in awhile they make a half baked attempt at "cleaning up" or paying a few dollars that hardly makes a dent in their profits.

Same thing with the pipeline that is suppose to carry the tar sands across our lands that is suppose to go to China in large amounts. How is that making us Energy Independent when we are shipping it away? So we are not getting a good deal, we are being raped and pillaged once more by the Greedy Heartless Ones. We have a real way to become Energy Independent and that is by the "green technologies" but they want to pull it all out of the earth and going out of balance which we are getting the real signs of that by earthquakes and sinkholes instead of being in balance with the use of the sun, thermo, wind, recyle, conservation, and even turning our own garbage and excrement into fuel. It can be done, but not with our so called leaders in the palm of those who force this destruction upon us.

Don't get sick Gina, protect yourself, which is what I do, place up my Shield, maybe a prayer to Jesus to give you strength as you mention that is the way your Walk in your Spiritual way, to keep the strength up. That is what they want, to ware us down, but we must stand up to this, together. Everyone of us is important we all must otherwise who else will?
 

Jude Hand (59)
Monday August 26, 2013, 10:53 am
Noted. The import of this article, of sinkholes and of fracking have a strength they didn't have a month ago. I'd dealt with sinkholes of various causes while living in FL for 25 years. But when the town that I moved to in PA this month was right in the middle of fracking it was a shock. I still have no residential address, as the house for which I'd sent rent turned out to be a slum. As long as the poor aren't helped, the slumlords will continue to give crappy housing to folks who have no alternatives. Big Oil is making a lot of money here and I've never lived near such a poverty stricken population and President Obama's lack of middle class support. What's cohesive about this comment is that it all relates to fracking and Big Oil's choices. Will it stop?....HOW?
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Monday August 26, 2013, 3:49 pm
It isn't just Obama unfortunately Jude, it's been both Parties and at all levels of Government. The people are only thought of when elections are on the way, then we are given a lot of talk and little action afterwards. These are the same empty promises that the American Indians have heard generation after generation.

As with the people in the 3rd World Countries, when the Energy Corporations come to the area, it is never good for those that live there. Their lands have been destroyed, their water polluted, and when the oil, coal, or whatever it is has gone, these Companies move along leaving a wake of destruction behind them. Poverty it does increase in those area, for the native population no longer have the trees, the land free of toxins, or the clean water in which to live off of.

Here in this Country Chris Hedges refers to them as "Sacrifice Zones". Here is a short video of 3 minutes that explains this in a very simple way. It sounds as though you moved into one of those "sacrifice zones." I'm very sorry dear.
Sacrifice Zones

I wish I had an easy answer Jude to your questions. Will it stop. It will only when the will of the people force the will of this Nation to do otherwise. Right now, Wall Street and the Big Energy fuels our elections and then they expect something in return for who is placed there. How? Lots of effort by a lot of us. I post things like this as I know, without moving there, that this is happening. I don't have to see it to believe it, I've seen photos and I've read various articles concerning it. One of the first stories I posted on C2 concerned fracking in the State of PA. I hope that with this information that people will put their bodies to action, sign petitions, call their Representatives, inform others, join groups standing up to this, join marches, the list is endless what one can do. But certainly, everyone must do something. I also give speeches off of C2 trying to instill the urgency into the audience I'm speaking to.

I also feel that we all need to rethink how we vote, I went 3rd Party to a strong environmentalist Candidate who did not take more than $100 from any Corporation or citizen. Certainly it put them at a disadvantage but if everyone would put their vote where their mouth is or where their heart is maybe we could oust the same old song and dance from the two parties that we have been getting. I let those on C2 and off C2 know of those in the 3rd Parties. If one is going to vote for the same two parties then you best start holding them to their pledge or promises and be certain where they stand on issues.

We must get a real People's Movement going and stand in solidarity. We have the numbers if we could ever all get our acts together. We best do it soon for each day that passes the future looks more grim for more people.
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 2:05 pm
I wonder if this is going to happen in Alberta, Canada where the land is oozing where they were trying to get oil sands...now they can't stop it and a wide area has been devastated.
http://www.care2.com/news/member/754940801/3629667
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Friday September 13, 2013, 7:38 am
If this is not a reason to stop drilling, fracking and so no and so on, then I do not know what is. These people who are responsible for the ruination of the earth need to wake the hell up and STOP THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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