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Dallas County Potential Flood Disaster Halted by USACE Caused by Gas Drilling

June 25, 2011


Never underestimate the power of one concerned citizen, one concerned grass roots community group. A few months back, one of best buddies in the fight to protect the environment known as FRACDALLAS lead by Dallas citizen Marc McCord became concerned about a drill site in southwest Dallas county. This site, known as Corn Valley is located on Camp Wisdom Road just west of FM1382 sits about a 2 minute walk from one of the Dallas proposed sites for gas drilling. The site is operated by Chesapeake. This site sits about 12 feet behind the fence lines of some really nice homes in the Westchester neighborhood of Grand Prairie. But that’s not the big story, as the big story is how this pad site sits 850 feet away from the JOE POOL LAKE reservoir dam.

Here is a picture of the frac pond at Corn Valley behine the residents. Look at the distance from home to frac pond.

Marc is a ‘river man’ by nature and has paddled his way across this state for many years. So when he first mentioned his concern about this pad site, he did’nt wait for someone to give him the ‘green light’ to pursue. He picked up the phone and called around until he found that not even the US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS knew about this pad site. Or so they said. When Marc told them about his concern, there was silence from the other end of the phone.

Here they are digging the frac pond. Let’s talk about property values now.

As you can see on the pictures, they were taken almost a year ago and no one, but no one said a word about the potential disaster.

Evidently, you know that this news went to the top of the ladder because now, the USACE has issued a moratorium on any drilling activity in close proximity to any reservoir under their auspices. This dam in parcticular is within the Fort Worth USACE district.

Here is the official moratorium:CLICK HERE

We could get into the story about XTO lying to a community that they have been in full compliance about drilling within proximity of a dam. But that’s another story. XTO wants to drill in Dallas. What other lies have they told?

One person, Marc McCord of FRACDALLAS made a difference. Anyone can do the same.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 26, 2011 2:38 pm

    Good Job Marc!
    I’m SOOOO glad you are paying attention and bringing your skill to this fight.
    The fight to keep Dallas a safe place for families to continue to live and grow.

    We can all sleep better at night knowing you have your “good eye” on water issues in Tx!

  2. concerned64 permalink
    September 7, 2011 9:46 pm

    There’s going to be you know what hitting the fan when more news comes out. CBS11 scratching the surface… when did Dallas know?

  3. October 20, 2013 5:41 pm

    It took a Grand Prairie, TX Petroleum Engineer’s letter to USACE in December 2010 to get USACE to finally act. Collaboration between communities was the key here. Marc made a lot of phone calls early on…and alerted us to the 1996 Texas Resource Management Plan from the Bureau of Land Management that he acquired from a USACE employee. The announcement of the Moratorium on USACE’s web site in June 2011 motivated us to seek Open Records Requests from Grand Prairie, TX in July 2011. These documents clearly showed that the city had not acted as requested. And they certainly did implement the Moratorium within a few weeks of our receipt of these documents and after several other events.

    A water moratorium was implemented on August 3, 2011 in Grand Prairie which meant operators could not use city water for fracking because of the Epic Drought. Then by summer’s end Chesapeake was caught on camera transporting water from Arlington to use for fracking Grand Prairie wells. It was a very HOT summer.

    Additional phone calls and e-mails between Grand Prairie citizens and USACE helped us understand the seriousness of this issue between the City of Grand Prairie, USACE, Chesapeake and XTO. It takes a village.

    By the way, XTO’s proposed Luminant Site ~ just inside Dallas city limits and a little down Camp Wisdom Road from the Corn Valley Drilling Site in Grand Prairie now shows “Cancelled” (on the RRC web site) for one well. This was the one well with the lateral extension within the 3,000 foot Exclusion Zone. But no “cancellations” are showing for the rest of XTO’s Luminant wells that are so close to the Joe Pool Lake Dam.

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