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Chemsoldier:
5.6 earthquake in Oklahoma.  I felt it here in Manhattan KS.

 Earthquake shakes swath of Midwest from Nebraska to Texas | Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/03/earthquake-shakes-swath-midwest-from-missouri-to-oklahoma.html

TheRetiredRancher:
A broken petroleum pipeline leaves the East coast with limited gasoline and diesel supplies for at least a week.  If you are travelling in the mid-south or up along the Atlantic coast, don't let your gas tanks get to low.  The largest pipeline supplying this area broke in Shelby county AL and it is estimated to take at least a week to repair.  Tankers are being dispatched to haul gasoline and diesel from Houston and New Orleans to the east coast, but they will take a few days to get there and cannot handle the total flow carried by the pipeline.  Alabama and Georgia have already declared states of emergency.  This will also affect the chemical producers that rely on petrochemical feed stocks.  Look for shortages to appear in a few weeks time.

Isn't our supply system amazing, when it works.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/16/investing/gasoline-prices-shortage-pipeline-leak/index.html?iid=hp-toplead-dom

DWSDVSE:
TN Governor has similarly declared a state of emergency this evening. People are acting like morons and swamping gas stations. I filled up our empty spare gas cans this evening before it was cool to do so. My wife saw a guy on her way home attempting to fill a clear plastic gallon jug with gas...I'm sure that's a winning idea.

Prices, at least in the Nashville area are not crazy...people are just trying to drain the tanks.

Cedar:
Officials say a massive sinkhole in Florida has allowed millions of gallons of radioactive water to pour into one of the world's most productive aquifers. This aquafer us the drinking water for millions of Floridians
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/17/sinkhole-causes-980-million-litres-of-radioactive-water-to-leak/

Cedar

Mr. Bill:

--- Quote from: Cedar on September 18, 2016, 12:35:11 AM ---Officials say a massive sinkhole in Florida has allowed millions of gallons of radioactive water to pour into one of the world's most productive aquifers. This aquafer us the drinking water for millions of Floridians
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/17/sinkhole-causes-980-million-litres-of-radioactive-water-to-leak/

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The contaminant is phosphogypsum.  From Wikipedia:


--- Quote ---Phosphogypsum is a side-product from the production of phosphoric acid by treating phosphate ore (apatite) with sulfuric acid...

Phosphogypsum is radioactive due to the presence of naturally occurring uranium and thorium. ...

...the marine-deposited phosphate ore from central Florida is weakly radioactive, and as such, the phosphogypsum by-product (in which the radionuclides are somewhat concentrated) is too radioactive to be used for most applications. As a result, there are about 1 billion tons of phosphogypsum stacked in 25 stacks in Florida...
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