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Corps of Engineers issue moratorium on drilling

Postby admin » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:52 am

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reviews License Applications in Furtherance of Oil/Gas Exploration

FORT WORTH, Texas – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District has issued a temporary moratorium on all new applications for outgrants in furtherance of oil and gas exploration and exploitation activities upon public lands within the Fort Worth District in accordance with Southwestern Division (SWD) policy SWDP 1110-2-1156, March 17, 2011.

Fort Worth District has received an increased number of applications from oil and gas exploration companies to utilize public land to further the goals of private mineral exploitation, extraction and sale. Some activities associated with these applications are in direct support of actions and operations which violate SWD policy on oil and gas exploration near U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control structures.

The moratorium, effective immediately through July 1, 2011, is being implemented to allow time for the USACE to research existing outgrants and applications for compliance with SWD policy (SWDP 1110-2-1156).

After July 1, 2011, applications for outgrants which are not compliant with SWD policy SWDP 1110-2-1156 will not be considered for favorable action.

The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico. Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: www.swf.usace.army.mil.
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Re: Corps of Engineers issue moratorium on drilling

Postby Pipeline » Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:40 pm

Looks like a 3 or 4 month old article. The moratorium expires July 1, 2011 (next week?).
While on the topic: The USACE is currently useless, like the EPA, yet still attempt to flex, non-existent muscle.They don't have current funding for:
- Adequate number of park rangers and game wardens.
- land taken from citizens retained for parks, for the "free use of the general public", is being leased to local muni's (10 bucks a carload) at a dollar a year for 99 years, because of no funding to maintain.
- all local reservoirs, adjacent vegetation, is not being maintained, with lack of funding to control invasive species, and controlled burns to eradicate those invasive species. Massive amounts of fuel for raging fires are along all uncontrolled shorelines on area Corps lakes.

The Gov needs to either fund the Corps, or dismantle it. Give these lakes to Texas.
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