Friday, March 25, 2016
[Photo Source: US Army Corps of Engineers]
Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a report on the safety implications of drilling, hydraulic fracturing and production near the Joe Pool Dam. It appears the USACE ignored their own study and instead recommended that oil and natural gas development should be moved farther away from the dam at Joe Pool Lake. The current USACE recommendation is a buffer zone of 3,000 feet from all dam features, but the USACE argues the exclusion zone should extend another 1,000 feet, to 4,000 feet from the dam.