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Saturday, April 30, 2011
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Lulu is in Minneapolis on Her Way Home From Nebraska - This is the Famous Larry Craig "Wide Stance" Bathroom
We are having thunderstorms in downtown Tallahassee. I do not see a lot of wind - but it is very dark outside with lots of thunder - not much lightning.
We have a tornado warning in Leon County - but no funnel clouds sighted.
The storm is moving east through the area at 35 MPH.
Satellite television signal has been off and on - it is back on right now. The sky seems to be brightening up.
The storm has torn the roof off the Marianna Airport about 40 miles west of town.
So far - just a lot of rain in our yard - no damage. It should be good for the new sod around the garage.
It is 9:27 AM - Thursday.
At 9:40 - rain stopped - sun coming out.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
From The Times News -
Officials with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local emergency management agencies are investigating numerous mine subsidence troughs and a deep six-foot wide sink hole that was spotted by a walker just after 6 o'clock Tuesday evening behind the Tamaqua elementary school.
The area affected is located about 250 feet northeast of the back of the elementary school and covers a perimeter area of about 3,000 square feet. The area, which is owned by the Tamaqua Area School District, is also located about 350 feet west of the elementary school's basketball court and about 70 feet adjacent to a small road that leads up to the school's sport's field.
Mine subsidence is defined as movement of the ground surface caused from readjustments of the overburden due to collapse or failure of underground mine workings.
Surface subsidence features usually take the form of a sinkhole or trough.
Sinkholes are typically associated with abandoned mine workings, since most active underground mines operate at depths sufficient to preclude the development of sinkhole subsidence. In accordance with regulations, the DEP will not authorize underground mining beneath structures where the depth of overburden is less than 100 feet unless the subsidence control plan demonstrates that proposed mine workings will be stable and that overlying structures will not suffer irreparable damage.
In abandoned mines, troughs usually occur when the overburden sags downward due to the failure of remnant mine pillars.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to predict if or when failure in abandoned mines might occur, since they may collapse many years after the mining is completed.
Officials pointed out the area affected didn't have a high history of underground mining and that strip mining was the popular method used in the area.
Subsidence could also be the result of illegal mining done many years ago by residents digging for free coal.
The affected area was taped off and a plastic fence barrier was placed around the area to keep people away.
A generator and bright spotlights were also set up to provide constant lighting.
Tamaqua Fire Police also stayed on scene all night preventing access to the area.
The depth of the sink hole was unknown as of press time, as the bottom could not be seen with a flashlight.
Tamaqua police and borough officials also responded.
"It is unknown how long the subsidence has been there," said Tamaqua Public Works director and Tamaqua Emergency Management director Rob Jones.
Officials also pointed out that the sink hole could have formed very recently, possibly as a result of weeks of heavy rain.
Officials were on scene today further investigating the affected area.
From Harry -
When I was a kid - there was a dump in that location. We used to go up there and shoot rats for target practice.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Now I want a couple of rain showers. On to the next project. From my iphone.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well in rural northern Pennsylvania spilled thousands of gallons of chemical-laced water on Wednesday, contaminating a stream and forcing the evacuation of seven families who live nearby as crews struggled to stop the gusher.
The Chesapeake Energy Corporation lost control of the well site near Canton, in Bradford County, around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. Tainted water continued to flow Wednesday afternoon, though workers finally managed to prevent any more of it from reaching the stream.
No injuries were reported, and there was no explosion or fire.
Chesapeake said a piece of equipment failed late Tuesday while the well was being hydraulically fractured, or fracked. In the fracking process, millions of gallons of water, along with chemical additives and sand, are injected at high pressure down the well bore to break up the shale and release the gas.
State environmental regulators were taking water samples from the tributary of Towanda Creek, which is stocked with trout.
The blowout comes amid a natural gas drilling boom in the Marcellus Shale formation.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Saguaro National Park is just west of our villa. Thousands of giant cacti are holding a convention there and they all have their hands up.
I Don't Know How Lulu Find These Hotels - Marriot's Starr Pass Golf Suites - 5 Miles West of Tucson - $50 a Night
Lulu is busy visiting a school library in Tucson and going on PBS-TV supporting school libraries. I am left to lounge around this beautiful Starr Pass Golf Suites with temperature in the 70s and about 15% humidity. Lulu has a series of web pages she visits for bargains - including priceline.com. This place normally costs about $300 a night - but she got it for $50.