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The $832,000,000.00 Dallas Water Hose

November 22, 2010

 

Just like in 2008 when the city council voted to approve gas drilling in Dallas without input, the Dallas media and the rest of us missed this city council approval on November 10th. The City of Dallas along with Fort Worth have been ‘scrambling’ of late to find us water. So, they agreed to a partnership to bring water from Lake Palestine to Joe Pool Lake, then to Bachman Water Treatment Plant and also Benbrook Lake in Fort Worth.

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Not that they had to ask for our input, but we find it very interesting that this MAJOR item of note was not mentioned in the Dallas media. It was mentioned in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and the India Times. For us, what is so curious are a couple of things:

A. We don’t get our drinking water from Joe Pool Lake, but Midlothian,Texas does.
B. There is a TON of natural gas drilling going on the Grand Prairie side of Joe Pool’s banks.
C. Where is all of that fracking water coming from that they need? Surely, not the lake!
D. The City of Dallas wants to move Joe Pool water eventually to Bachman Water Treatment.

If you look at the map, according to the map legend, Dallas has a hand on the faucet. When the water gets to the Richland Water Reservoir, Dallas and Fort Worth share the water until it hits Joe Pool Lake. From Joe Pool Lake to Benbrook, it’s all for Fort Worth.

We reprinted the news story from the Star Telegram below that was picked up from The Associated Press. So, that tells us that everyone in media land had access to the story, but somehow it missed our eyes at the time. If the goal is for all of us to eventually drink the water from Joe Pool, will the treatment plant be able to clean the water if it gets contaminated from drilling? See how this is all connected? To those of you who say, ‘we don’t get our water from wells, it’s all surface water’. ‘how would that get contaminated?’

Interested now? Any more questions?

The Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas — Construction could begin by 2013 on a $1.6 billion pipeline to move water from East Texas to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Tarrant Regional Water District on Tuesday approved a financing agreement with the city of Dallas.

The agreement allows design and construction to proceed on the 149-mile pipeline, stretching from Lake Palestine to Benbrook Lake, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The board also approved paying $16.3 million to five contractors for engineering work on nearly 95 miles of the pipeline.

The Dallas City Council approved the deal last week.

Wayne Owen, the water district’s planning director, said the work serves as a blueprint for cooperation on future projects, such as bringing water from Oklahoma, northeast or the Louisiana border.

“This is by far the most expensive project we’ve pursued,” said Owen. “There are no cheap options left. That is why it begs for cooperation among large regional water providers. There was a lot riding on this financing agreement.”

When completed, the pipeline will allow the water district to pump an additional 197 million gallons a day from the Richland-Chambers and Cedar Creek reservoirs, near Corsicana, to Benbrook Lake. Dallas gains the ability to pump up to 150 million gallons per day from Lake Palestine to Joe Pool Lake.

Water from the pipeline, to be built by the district, could be available by 2018. The water district is expected to pay about $980 million, with Dallas paying the rest.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2010 1:03 pm

    It’s just a mess that keeps on giving.

  2. Charles Tracy permalink
    November 22, 2010 5:29 pm

    It takes about 4 million gallons to frac one well. Dallas will get 150 million gallons per day from the Plaestine pipeline. How many wells will be drilled in one year? Maybe 10. So one needs 40 million gallons per year to frac wells. The 150 million gallons per day equates to 54,750 million gallons per year. Thus, I don’t think fracking is a big concern. Plus who said it was going to come from this water source anyway

    • concerned64 permalink
      November 22, 2010 5:59 pm

      Hey Charles
      4 million on the low end. Some use as many as 7 million per frack per well. The proposed site at West Camp Wisdom and FM1382 is for
      14 wells. So let’s say it’s 5 million per frack per well. There’s 60 million for one round of fracking, IF they frack once. There’s no limit to fracking. That’s at one site. XTO wants to use city water. Where the city delivers that from is any guess. Have you seen the dozens and dozens of well sites on the southwest bank of Joe Pool? Grab a chair, you’ll need it. The biggest problem is that very few civic leaders ask simple questions like: Where are planning to get the water needed for fracking? How do you plan on not contaminating it? “Trust us” has been used too many times and now look at the stories playing out around the country.

      Water is a finite source. You know that. Once it’s gone or contaminated that’s it. More and more communities are holding on the what they have. I’m shocked Lake Palestine even sold it. What’s even more interesting is that Joe Pool was known to be spring fed and that’s why it filled so quickly when they built it. So why need to fill it? Perhaps there is nothing there to question. But that was the same way of thinking back in 2008 when Dallas sold itself out for $34 million to XTO. Whoops!

      So now, guess the reaction from the Army Corps of Engineers when they were told about the Chesapeake well site across the street from the dam? They say they never heard any request for permission to install. The Federal rules say no closer than 3000 feet to the dam…
      We will let you know more later. Thanks for reading.

    • HECTOR permalink
      December 24, 2011 10:33 am

      YA BUT WHAT YOU GOING TO DO WHEN YALL SPEND 832 MILLION ON THE PROJECT AND THERE IS NO WATER TO PUMP LAKE PALESTINE IS ALREADY 7 FOOT LOW WITH A MADITORY RELEASE OF ALL WATER THAT RAINFALL PRODUCES UNTIL FUTHER NOTICED LAKE PALESTINE ONLY AVERAGES 17 FOOT DEEP AND IS ALREADY GIVING ABOUT 150 MILLION GAL A DAY TO OTHER CITIES IF DALLAS JUST WANTS TO SPEND MONEY i HAVE A LITTLE MUD HOLE IN MY BACK YARD ILL TAKE A MILLION FOR IT POOR PLANING BUT FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE REST OF THE US

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