Dallas Geologist blasts TWDB of fault risk on proposed MARVIN NICHOLS reservoir

Here is the youtube video of the geologist blasting the Texas Water Development Board… 

Residents affected by proposed acquifer arrive by charter bus in Arlington 4/29/14 for public hearing

Residents affected by proposed acquifer arrive by charter bus in Arlington 4/29/14 for public hearing.

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The Public hearing on the “Region C and Region D Interregional Conflict” was held in Arlington at the Bob Duncan Center on April 20,2014

Join the Facebook group – email asap your concerns to RegionCandD@twdb.texas.gov


I highlighted some talking points below from this link…


“The proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir project would result in one of the largest reservoirs in Texas, flooding over 72,000 acres on the Sulphur River in rural Northeast Texas.

If built, Marvin Nichols would cost $3.4 billion.

There are a number of alternatives to Marvin Nichols that would not involve flooding new land:

  • municipal water recycling/reuse,
  • obtaining water from Wright Patman Reservoir,
  • reallocating flood storage to water supply in Lake Texoma,
  • obtaining water from Toledo Bend Reservoir,
  • or a combination of these and other smaller sources.

… the loss to the Forest Industry in Northeast Texas would be 87 to 275 million dollars annually. There will also be lost revenues from farming, ranching, hunting leases and other economic areas in Northeast Texas …

Region C has one of the highest rates of water use per person in the state. Approximately 40% of the water used by Region C (Dallas area) is used for lawn watering.

Marvin Nichols Reservoirs would take prime timber and agricultural lands, in some cases people’s homes and the cemeteries where their ancestors are buried…will displace rural families who grow crops and livestock that feed Northeast Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It will devastate (taxes that support) rural towns and school districts when massive acreage is removed..

The desire for construction of additional major reservoirs in the Sulphur River Basin is driven by the desire for profit by engineering and construction firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

(As seen in the above video) William Crowder, a petroleum geologist who began working in East Texas in 1979 stated “the Marvin Nichols lake proposed location would be on top of the Mexia-Talco fault system and the Louann Salt which underlies the proposed reservoir area.” He also states the Louann Salt underlies most of the area that would be impounded by this lake. Salt, of course, is easily dissolved by water and leaching of the louann Salt could lead to further subsidence and fault movement.”



I spoke yesterday and my concerns were…

“As more demands are placed on Richland Chambers and Cedar Creek lakes (I was told they would pipe water from those two reservoirs to the proposed aquifer), this causes a surge in recharging/replenishment of the waters carrying more silt which impacts the depth of the reservoir and increases the turbidity of the water which then makes water treatment more chemically intensive after it is piped to Lake Arlington which is “MY” family’s drinking water reservoir.

Please consider that it is cheaper to dredge and make deeper our EXISTING RESERVOIRS than it is to build a new one.

Don’t ignore our Texas’ suns ability to evaporate without prejudice. Expanding surface water to the airshed adds humidity which is one of the ozone precursors and we are already in nonattainment status to the federal ozone standards.

Our EXISTING AQUIFERS are already at risk from…

Pipeline and drilling spills,

Sustained Casing Pressure is a reality for ALL gas wells which risks water contamination.

Injection wells like the one in Venus TX also risk seismic events which can damage well casings and pipelines.

Sinkhole and subsidence also risks our water-just yesterday KRLD reported a town missing water in volumes tantamount to thousands of olympic sized swimming pools…(here are some more related missing water type stories….)



Being from Louisiana, I’m familiar with (the ongoing Bayou Corne sinkhole and the threat to Lake Peignour) stories where shifts from underground can & have caused large bodies of water to drain and be lost to the earth.

Injection wells are known to communicate with improperly sealed wells. The Government Accounting Office from 1987 had a previously confidential report of known ground water contamination reports where brine water entered into ground water and water wells.

I urge the TWDB to be in the business of water conservation and protecting EXISTING AQUIFERS from the oil & gas mafia.

I’ve seen pictures of Lake Grandbury being bone dry. It supplies the Glenrose Nuclear power plant with its water that cools the reactors. They have already fracked 3-4 wells near that dam (Squaw Creek Reservoir).

In texASS we do risk B I G – please be the entity that mitigates that risk.”

About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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