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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Proposed General Permit of Oil and Gas Exploration in Texas
Southwest Region, September 21, 2006
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Pat Clements of the Corpus Christi Ecological Services Field Office (CCESFO) participated in an initial interagency meeting for the development of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) General Permit for oil and gas exploration in the bays and estuaries of Texas.  The goal of the USACE is to make available to the oil and gas industry representatives standardized conditions with appropriate thresholds for access to and location of oil and gas structures.  Because of the shallow depths of many of the Texas bays, as well as presence of large areas of seagrasses, marsh, and oyster reefs, the USACE and participating agencies expect that the GP would have limited applicability.  Among other conditions, the USACE proposes that water depths for both access route and rig locations would need to be at least 6 feet deep at low tide.  Other participants at this first meeting included the Texas General Land Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Railroad Commission.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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