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Setting the $20 Million Table

April 7, 2011

So way back when, the US Navy decide to abandon many naval air stations around the country, one location in particular left a horrific legacy. The US Navy had it’s base at Mountain Creek Lake in District 3 in the southwestern part of Dallas.  While there for decades, they did a thorough job of polluting the land and the lake. So entrenched was this contamination, that PCB’s still lie on the bottom of the lake and plumes of toxicity still waft through the land today.

The US Navy did the best job that they thought they could do in cleaning the land and agreed to continue cleaning the lake until around 2017. They haven’t done any more cleaning since. But before leaving, they wrote a check for $20 million to the City of Dallas. This was a fund set up for the city to redevelop the land so that it could market the land to a more profitable use.

The money sat for years in the bank until not too long ago, the money was moved. The money was moved in two phases to the city’s general fund. So we have questions. District 3 city council member Dave Neumann with his financial degrees says he didn’t know it. He was surprised. It’s his job to know it. It just seems, Dave Neumann is always the last to know anything bad happening in his district. He’s always late to the party.

But back in September at a neighborhood meeting that we attended with XTO and the city of Dallas, Dave Neumann hosted a get to know your gas driller and said that this could be a ‘sweet deal for all’. Dave was the host with the most. Maybe the most to gain?

We have questions:

1. Who decided the money needed to be moved?

2. Why was the money moved?

3. Did the city know that by moving the money, setting it up for gas drilling, it knew that no one would ever want to do business there or much less live near there?

4. It appears that this table was set up just for the gas industry to do it’s dirty work, so we ask…..

WHO SET THIS TABLE?

CLICK HERE FOR THE SETTLEMENT LEASE MEMO

CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST MOVEMENT OF $10,600,000.00 TO THE GENERAL FUND(next to the last page, item #18)

CLICK HERE FOR THE SECOND MOVEMENT OF $10,000,000.00 TO THE GENERAL FUND(next to the last page, item #18)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2011 6:41 pm

    That ruins my appetite.

  2. Ruth A King permalink
    April 8, 2011 12:39 pm

    I was told several years ago that oil and gas drilling was the future fate of this property. I believe the city and EPA had understanding of this plan, and thus clean up was not pressed-and land was given over to industrial use.
    The Navy just followed suit and realized they could avoid further clean up expense. WIN-WIN-EXCEPT citizens were totally cut out of the
    sweet deal.
    A Mr J Hammond Perot or similar name was my contact in the mayor’s office-the person in charge of business development.

  3. April 8, 2011 3:07 pm

    This report, entitled “Mountain Creek Industrial Center,” and dated July 16, 2010 tells a story of the lake and the decisions made over time. Noteworthy is the decision by the Navy to deed it quickly over to the Governor Texas (Page 17). No mention of gas drilling in this document…(Is the Governor of Texas code for O&G?)

    Page 15: “Limit future land uses to commercial/industrial”

    Page 17:

    “To expedite the divestiture of MCIC, early transfer authority under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
    (CERCLA) was pursued.

    * Early transfers have proved to be beneficial to other states.

    * An early transfer package was prepared by the Navy and coordinated with the
    TCEQ and includes:
    **Findings of Suitability for Early Transfer (FOSET)
    **Draft Quitclaim Deed
    ** Early transfer request letter from Navy to Governor of Texas – submitted
    January 8, 2010
    ** Governor review and approval – received Early Transfer Approval
    March 25, 2010

    Coordinated with the TCEQ?? Interesting document.

    http://mountaincreekindustrialcenter.com/downloads/MCIC_Industry_Day_Environmental_Presentation.pdf

  4. Ruth A King permalink
    April 8, 2011 4:44 pm

    I think we need to look at the fact that a cheap gravel “cap” was put over contaminants, and 20 million was transferred to the city general fund.
    The Navy paid out over 50 mill. What happened to the rest of the money? Has it been accounted for in some meaningful way?

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