Hundreds of birds die in western Ky.

Jan 5, 2011 Full story: The Cincinnati Enquirer 81,704

MURRAY, Ky. - State wildlife officials say "several hundred" dead birds were found near the Murray State University campus last week.

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Abeliever

Elizabethtown, KY

#90795 Jul 10, 2013
Oglala wrote:
@Imposter: I'm so glad that you are better now. I know exactly how you feel. I almost "bought the farm" a year ago, and health and life is so much more important to me right now..
We sure were glad you didn't buy the farm either.:)

Seen this today!

Louisiana Sinkhole Forcing Longtime Neighbors Away From Area

BAYOU CORNE, La.-- The sob is deep and exhaled on a frustrated sigh.

"I cannot stand this!" The words burst from Annette Richie and ping off the bare walls of the empty living room as her neighbors of 20 years, Bucky and Joanie Mistretta, recall happier times along Bayou Corne.

"I know, I know," Joanie Mistretta said, soothing her. "You come back now and it's just sad."

They were supposed to be planning camping trips, cookouts and potlucks. Instead, the Mistrettas, the Richies and many neighbors in the swampy Assumption Parish community are packing up decades' worth of belongings, chased from waterfront homes that were supposed to be retirement nests by a gas-emitting, 22-acre sinkhole less than a mile away.

The sinkhole, discovered Aug. 3, resulted from a collapsed underground salt dome cavern about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge. After oil and natural gas came oozing up and acres of the swampland liquefied into muck, the community's 350 residents were advised to evacuate.

Texas Brine Co., the operator of the salt dome, is negotiating buyouts of residents who have not joined lawsuits filed against the company. Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch said 92 buyout offers have been made, with 44 accepted so far.

The Mistrettas, retired educators, are taking the buyout offer.
Richie, a high school literacy teacher, and her husband are part of a class-action lawsuit that's scheduled for trial next year. Both families have bought new houses, in Ascension and Assumption parishes. After two decades together in Bayou Corne, they won't be neighbors anymore.

"We just feel that this place is not ever going to be what it once was," said Bucky Mistretta. "It was just a beautiful, pristine place on the bayou. And now that's gone, and we just don't feel safe about what's underneath us."

Residents who want to stay are wrestling with the same fears as their fleeing neighbors: Is it safe? Will the slow-growing sinkhole undermine the area's infrastructure, including Louisiana 70? And will the natural gas bubbling to the surface on the bayou accumulate in confined spaces and cause an explosion?

Although parish officials have said they don't think either will happen, they are monitoring both issues.

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Abeliever

Elizabethtown, KY

#90796 Jul 10, 2013
Gas has been detected under at least four homes on the north side of the community, but the levels were low, said John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Officials expect the sinkhole area to stabilize once debris fills the void created by the collapsed cavern. However, the land has continued to shift and the hole has continued to grow.

A salt dome is a large, naturally occurring underground salt deposit. Companies drill on the dome's outskirts to create caverns in which to extract brine that is used in the petrochemical refining process, or for storage of such things as hydrocarbons. Officials say a cavern was being mined too close to the edge of the Napoleon Salt Dome, which caused the "unprecedented" side wall collapse.

The state fined the company $260,000 last year for its slow response in following state directives to build a containment berm around the sinkhole and to install air monitoring devices in homes.
Dennis Landry, a 20-year property owner who developed and sold the lots in his subdivision and who owns a boat launch business that fronts Sportsman Drive, is staying put despite the sinkhole.

"It's hard to leave a beautiful little bayou paradise unless you feel it's absolutely necessary, and thus far, we're just hanging on," he said. "We go to the meetings. We get daily reports. We check the blog for any information. We have gas monitors inside of our homes. We just take it day by day."

Louisiana Highway 70 divides this pint-sized community of trailers, wood and brick homes. The south side is newer, sports an upscale subdivision of 22 houses and has Bayou Corne flowing through the backyards.

With street names like Crawfish Stew, Sauce Piquante, Bream Street and Sportsman Drive, it's clear that the bayou flowing through en route to Lake Verret is the main draw for many of the residents. Boats and campers are a fixture in most driveways, whether paved concrete or a bed of rocks.

The "no trespassing" signs in many yards, however, are new.
After 26 years, Kenneth Simoneaux said he is ready to leave his acre of lush land bordering a narrow canal that empties into Bayou Corne. He and his wife are living in a 29-foot camper trailer in what he calls "a concrete village" in nearby Pierre Part.
"I never thought anybody could push me to the point where I would actually be ashamed to admit where I live," he said, sitting on a folding chair outside his trailer. "I was so proud of my home. I'm lost."

Landry lives on the south side of the highway and thinks a majority of the residents in the subdivision don't want to move. A few, mainly those with young children, will probably leave, he said.

The close-knit, peaceful and family friendly community will change, Landry said. No one knows yet what will become of the vacant, bought-out property. Will houses be torn down and made into green space? Will they be occupied or left vacant?
Cranch said Texas Brine hasn't decided what will become of the properties it buys.

continued, miscalculated...haha
Abeliever

Elizabethtown, KY

#90797 Jul 10, 2013
"Unfortunately and sadly enough, I think we are going to witness the partial destruction and elimination of a wonderful little community here on the bayou," Landry said.
Describing the house, friends and community she will leave behind, Richie said, "It's like a funeral."

While the parish has issued an evacuation order based on safety concerns, officials are not forcing anyone to leave. But they have informed residents of the potential risks, Boudreaux said.
"Everyone has a different risk tolerance," he said.

For Richie and the Mistrettas who live on the north side, it's the thought of the unexpected that's driving their decision to pack up and go.

"In a way, I guess we were lucky because we could have gotten swallowed up like that poor man in Florida did," Joanie Mistretta said, referring to 37-year-old Jeffrey Bush who was killed by a sinkhole last March. "And that's what we think could happen here."
The gas accumulation scares Richie. Monitors already have picked up the presence of gas under a slab house located across the street from her.

"Maybe nothing's ever going to happen. Maybe the ground is just going to start sinking below us," Richie said. "I can't stay with all those unknowns. It's like what's next?"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/08/loui...

Check out the video lala..
Abeliever

Elizabethtown, KY

#90798 Jul 10, 2013
spam those icons troll...hahahaha
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#90800 Jul 10, 2013
storm passed through here about 5 pm but no damage except power loss for a few minutes. I don't have a/c so that did not matter and besides there was nothing but junk on the tv anyways. I did get my chickens back up before it got real bad except for 2 little guys. They kept running around and around the building in the rain but would not go through the door. LOL

My smaller chickens are funny. They gather up right under my feet and if I am wearing sandals, they peck my toes and if I have regular shoes on they untie my shoe laces. Sometimes I step on their feet and they squawk but keep coming back for more.

Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#90801 Jul 10, 2013
I see the storm blew me to Berea instead of Lexington or Nicholasville LOL Close only counts in hand grenades and pitching horseshoes.
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#90802 Jul 10, 2013
looks like the judge is Johnny-on-the-spot hitting my post that has only been up for 7 minutes. Sure glad I did not make them wait too long LOL

Maybe they are like my little chickens and squawk but keep coming back for more. LOL

“Is who I am”

Since: Aug 08

Scottsville

#90804 Jul 10, 2013
Some more rain and wind today, but it's gone now, and no harm done here. Going to be nicer tomorrow.
Misty eyed

Louisa, KY

#90805 Jul 10, 2013
http://www.livescience.com/37977-underwater-c...

Two years within to study these 52000 year old cypresses. Quite an interesting story if the area is studied. I really hope the researchers get their grant before it's too late. The trunks' girth are around two meters around. Interesting find.
Raining intermittently in eastern Ky., temp. lower tonight. Steamy last night. Nice day as well as night.
Hopefully, the weather gets calm and stays that way for a while. The birds have been depleting the feeder faster than I can supply the seeds. They sure were creating a ruckus under the tree yesterdaynupon realizing there was no more food. Lol. Guess, they like easy pickings;)
Imposter

Somerset, KY

#90806 Jul 11, 2013
Thanks for the well wishes folks. Like wolf said some never know how good they have it till its about over.
I can do without pork chops for breakfast and force down plain oatmeal...eat more grass (salad) I guess.
I had some fine neighbors welcome me home, they said the holler just wouldn't be the same without me causing trouble up in here....
Abeliever if you were one mile closer- my old international harvester might would make it there.
I intend to live life to the fullest while I can, hope you all do the same.
Stay away from that bacon! It'll kill you! But dang if it aint good.
Get out and do something fun today, I am going to sleep a little while longer and do just that.
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#90807 Jul 11, 2013
Imposter wrote:
Thanks for the well wishes folks. Like wolf said some never know how good they have it till its about over.
I can do without pork chops for breakfast and force down plain oatmeal...eat more grass (salad) I guess.
I had some fine neighbors welcome me home, they said the holler just wouldn't be the same without me causing trouble up in here....
Abeliever if you were one mile closer- my old international harvester might would make it there.
I intend to live life to the fullest while I can, hope you all do the same.
Stay away from that bacon! It'll kill you! But dang if it aint good.
Get out and do something fun today, I am going to sleep a little while longer and do just that.
It sounds like you have had the same issues as I did with having to stay off bacon and eating more grass. I traded the bacon for exercise including acquiring and reworking the old homestead and raising chickens and parking somewhere besides the front door at Walmart. But I have been at it now for 4+ years and life ain't all that bad. In fact LIFE IS GOOD. May GOD bless you just as HE has blessed me.
Mississippi Man

Olive Branch, MS

#90808 Jul 11, 2013
Goodness knows I've passed over this thread many times and tonite I'm so glad I didn't. I found out a good long time back it has more than "birds" in it and a while ago I got a ray of sunshine from it after reading all the blue-sad-and-bad news in all the other forums around here. Just wanted to thankx to all of you.
Anne

United States

#90809 Jul 11, 2013
@Mississippi Man. I am a recent newcomer to this thread and much like you I past over this thread many times. It has its trolling problems, yes, but then that's part of life in general! Who among us hasn't had "foxes in the hen house" so to speak. Aggravating, but not boring! Lol
The bird threaders are a congenial group and seem to welcome all good posters. Be sure to stop by and let us get acquainted!
Btw, there's a few on here that love a great debate and love to bring spice to the table! Soooo, feel free to disagree!!! Lol
Anne

United States

#90810 Jul 11, 2013
Imposter wrote:
Thanks for the well wishes folks. Like wolf said some never know how good they have it till its about over.
I can do without pork chops for breakfast and force down plain oatmeal...eat more grass (salad) I guess.
I had some fine neighbors welcome me home, they said the holler just wouldn't be the same without me causing trouble up in here....
Abeliever if you were one mile closer- my old international harvester might would make it there.
I intend to live life to the fullest while I can, hope you all do the same.
Stay away from that bacon! It'll kill you! But dang if it aint good.
Get out and do something fun today, I am going to sleep a little while longer and do just that.
Big fat question from my corner::
While I have never lived in the hills and hollers of Kentucky I have been there several times. Now your neighbors said the holler wouldn't be the same without you.( is that a backhanded compliment?). So apparently you live in a holler. This IH you have, you actually have enough level space to do more than just turn it in circles? Maybe you have an empty house seat and have planted a garden? Lol

Okay, I'm being rude. My most sincere apologies.:-)

Good Morning to Everyone! It's a beautiful morning!!

“Is who I am”

Since: Aug 08

Scottsville

#90811 Jul 11, 2013
Good Morning!
I hope you all are having a wonderful morning.

Since: Jul 13

Location hidden

#90812 Jul 11, 2013
Good.
Misty eyed

Louisa, KY

#90816 Jul 11, 2013
Nothing wrong with being a Loner,STFU. Sometimes it's better talking to yourself than sparring with so called "friends." Unless you have a truly good friend that you trust and beyond all else accept you for whom and what you are.
Just read an article about the abuse of Tennessee Walker horses by an owner in Tennessee. A very sick individual chaining and burning the ankles of his horses as well as hitting them with prods. At least, he's out of business for certain.
Lovely day! Bless you All.
Anne

United States

#90818 Jul 11, 2013
Oglala wrote:
<quoted text>
We have many friends, online and off,
.


Yup. In fact, I'm having a nice little dinner party soon. Jeez. My table seats 8 and the other table seats 4. Nice little group. My offline friends.
(Psst.*whisper*. Really just having people over for supper but doesn't it sound great to say dinner party lol).
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#90819 Jul 11, 2013
Anne wrote:
<quoted text>
Yup. In fact, I'm having a nice little dinner party soon. Jeez. My table seats 8 and the other table seats 4. Nice little group. My offline friends.
(Psst.*whisper*. Really just having people over for supper but doesn't it sound great to say dinner party lol).
I am having a dinner party with my best friend. He has 4 legs and sort of likes vienna sausages. LOL

“Is who I am”

Since: Aug 08

Scottsville

#90820 Jul 11, 2013
Some people just have to complain. It's because their lives have no meaning. It's sad, really that they are jealous of people posting here.

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