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Local Mississippi River water levels expected to hold steady {589 producing oil and gas wells}
The Times-Picayune ^ | Monday, May 16, 2011 | Mark Schleifstein

Posted on 05/16/2011 6:23:50 AM PDT by thackney

The opening of the Morganza Floodway on Saturday and the ratcheting up of the Bonnet Carre Spillway flow to Lake Pontchartrain to 319,000 cubic feet per second on Sunday is keeping water levels in New Orleans right at the Mississippi's official 17-foot flood stage, a level not expected to vary much during the next two weeks, according to the National Weather Service.

And a lower crest of the Mississippi River on Sunday at Arkansas City, Ark., about 100 miles above Morganza, might help the Army Corps of Engineers in its plan to reduce the amount of water needed to be funneled into the Atchafalaya River Basin, which could reduce damage to homes, businesses and residences there.

The half-foot reduction in the expected crest at Arkansas City, believed the result of the overtopping of a levee a bit upstream, has allowed the weather service's Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center to drop its May 25 crest forecast at Morgan City to 11 feet, compared to an earlier estimate of 12 to 13 feet.

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Refinery threats

The rising water is still expected to threaten a variety of oil and gas production facilities within the Atchafalaya Basin, according to state and federal officials. There are 589 producing oil and gas wells within areas that will be inundated with the opening of the Morganza Floodway, according to the state Department of Natural Resources, representing 19,300 barrels of oil a day and 252.6 million cubic feet of gas.

Also at risk is Alon Refining in Krotz Springs, on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, where state and local officials are beefing up an emergency levee system to protect both the refinery and other homes and businesses.

(Excerpt) Read more at nola.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: energy; naturalgas; oil; refinery

1 posted on 05/16/2011 6:23:54 AM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney

And why didn’t the Army Corps of Engineers begin releasing water farther north in short bursts a month ago to keep pressure from building against the southern levees? Inquiring minds want to know if this was a manufactured crisis designed to wipe out still more oil and refinery production in the US.


2 posted on 05/16/2011 6:35:59 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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And why didn’t the Army Corps of Engineers begin releasing water farther north in short bursts

Release it where? Where do you put it that doesn't drain back into the Mississippi accept at the Morganza Spillway to the Atchafalaya Basin?

3 posted on 05/16/2011 6:47:37 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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4 posted on 05/16/2011 7:20:41 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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Bloomberg article (link only) is claiming 2,264 oil or natural gas wells inside this area.

Mississippi River flooding threatens 2,200 Louisiana wells
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2011/05/16/exxon-mobil-refinery-threatened-by-mississippi-river-floods-in-louisiana/


5 posted on 05/16/2011 7:24:47 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney; kittymyrib

Actually, releasing the water into the Morganza is a “lesser of two evils” plan, but it is the best option. Were it not, the levee system between Baton Rouge and New Orleans could be compromised, threatening many refineries and other petro-chem facilities - perhaps more than $100 billion in infrastructure.

The value of the infrastructure in the Atachafalaya Floodway is considerably less than the value of that along the river between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

As far as opening the Morganza early, that would have little impact. In fact up until a couple of weeks ago, the water wasn’t even high enough in front of the spillway cause water flow.

The Old River Control complex already was flowing water from the Mississippi into the Atchafalaya.

And, IIRC, the Corps of Engineers can only operate the floodways until certain conditions are met, and those conditions are set by law and have been for many years.


6 posted on 05/16/2011 7:27:02 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: thackney

The other spot is the Bonnet Carre spillway. The river flows into Lake Pontchartrain and then into the Gulf through the Rigolets.


7 posted on 05/16/2011 8:03:03 AM PDT by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: coon2000
Bonnet Carré Spillway is downstream, not upstream of the Morganza.

I was responding to post questioning why water was released farther north sooner.

8 posted on 05/16/2011 8:07:05 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

I got ya. I misread your response to that earlier post concerning why more places were not opened up.

On a side note, the Bonnet Carre used to be one of my favorite playgrounds growing up in New Orleans. We would go there to shoot skeet, hunt, 4x4, fish, water ski, swim, camp out, and hike trails. It is an absolutely wonderful place that I wish I still could go to on the weekends. Unfortunately, I no longer live near the spillway.


9 posted on 05/16/2011 9:05:14 AM PDT by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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