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Dallas City Hall/USACE Cover Up On Joe Pool Dam Integrity?

June 12, 2012

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. 

Follow along.

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.

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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

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THE USACE EXCLUSION ZONE SHOWING THAT

THE XTO SITE IS TOO CLOSE TO THE DAM

USACE NEWS RELEASE ABOUT JOE POOL LAKE DAM INTEGRITY

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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?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2012 12:35 am

    The status of the Joe Pool Lake Dam is Moderate to High Risk. We know this for sure.

    http://www.swf.usace.army.mil/pubdata/pao/releases/fy2012/NR12-022.pdf

    […]
    A risk informed screening process, which considers current dam behavior, how well the dam meets current design criteria, as well as the potential consequences of dam failure were recently conducted.

    The screenings classified the dam as having Moderate to High Risk characteristics. The Moderate to High Risk classification is a result of potential embankment slope stability and erosion issues along with downstream consequences.

    Consequences include potential lives lost, economic, environmental, and other impacts.
    […]

    Fracking near dams and levees that are already compromised makes no sense no matter who says it’s safe..

    And by the way, a community volunteer in Southeast Arlington, Texas spoke passionately to the Arlington City Council during last week’s City Council Meeting about how she had felt tremors near her home. Her concerns about them were quite serious. Drilling sites surround her neighborhood.

    Earthquakes and tremors are happening wherever drilling and fracking have occurred. It’s a fact:

    http://www.texassharon.com/2012/06/05/2-3m-earthquake-near-cleburne-tx/

  2. June 13, 2012 10:46 pm

    Good work. Bet you were not surprized by what you found. This stuff always makes one cringe even when expected.

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