Dallas City Hall/USACE Cover Up On Joe Pool Dam Integrity?
Is there a cover up happening at Dallas City Hall? After 9 months of stonewalling from Dallas City Hall and waiting for documents related to drilling in Dallas County adjacent to Joe Pool Dam, we have begun to receive tidbits of information related to that topic. Now, we are beginning to see why it took 9 months to receive this information. Although that length of time to receive the documents far exceeds the limits permitted, we graciously allowed Dallas City Hall to take their time in the release of the documents.
But the one key ingredient missing is a letter/email that may have been written by Dallas City Hall staff member Theresa ODonnell to the US Army Corps of Engineers, giving USACE the answers we have always known: Yes, the City of Dallas has a proposal by XTO/EXXON to drill close to Joe Pool Dam.
FEBRUARY 18, 2011
Letter from US Army Corps telling Dallas City Hall that they are working with Grand Prairie to delay permitting gas drilling within 3000 feet of Joe Pool Dam. They are asking Dallas, if the city has any plans for drilling adjacent to the dam itself. Read below.
FEBRUARY 22, 2011
As you can see in the document above, Theresa O’Donnell emails her staff to begin pulling information together for the Corp about ‘where we have potential leases’. Funny thing, Ms. O’Donnell knows exactly where those leases are since it’s her department in which those leases must pass before moving forward to council for a vote. Ms. O’Donnell must have drawn a blank about the lease from XTO on the Luminant site that sits on West Camp Wisdom Road at FM 1382.
FEBRUARY 25, 2011
USACE writes the City of Grand Prairie and asks that they impose a 6 month moratorium on drilling until further notice. The reason being is that the USACE is concerned that the vibration of fracking could damage the Joe Pool Dam, break and thereby flood not only the GP neighborhood across the street, but also provide mayhem for Dallas residents that live in the Mountain Creek Estates neighborhood. They even say at the end of the letter that the USACE plans on speaking with the City of Dallas about imposing the same moratorium.
HERE’S THE LETTER FROM USACE TO GRAND
PRAIRIE MENTIONING DALLAS
THE USACE EXCLUSION ZONE SHOWING THAT
THE XTO SITE IS TOO CLOSE TO THE DAM
USACE NEWS RELEASE ABOUT JOE POOL LAKE DAM INTEGRITY
That moratorium never happened. Why? What is the status of the dam now? Where is the response from Theresa O’Donnell to the USACE? Who’s covering for whom?