GRAND BAY - DUNCAN OIL TO DRILL EXPLORATORY WELL
According to an April 23, 2005 front page article in the Mobile Register, Duncan Oil Company plans to drill an exploratory gas well in Grand Bay. The drilling equipment would be in Grand Bay for 21 days and barges will transit through Grand Bay's shallow seagrass beds and small inlands at least 18 times during this period. These barges will draw up to 6 feet of water. These areas are 5 feet deep at low tide and just a few inches deeper than 6 feet at high tide. Crew supply boats will make multiple trips throught the waters daily.
Note that Grand Bay is one of the most biologically productive estuarine ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico region.
The US Army Corps of Enginers will accept letters from the public, addressing concerns about the potential destruction of this fragile shallow bay area, until May 15, 2005. If you want to write a letter to the Corps, correspondence needs to refer to:
Public Notice Number AL05-00982-F, and directed to:
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District, Mobile
Post Office Box 2288
Mobile, AL 36628-0001
Attention: Regulatory Branch
Copies should be sent to:
4171 Commanders Drive
Mobile, AL 36615
Also, let your local legislators know how you feel! Letters MUST be received by MAY 15, 2005.
More historical information may be found on the Alabama Coastal Foundation website, click here and then click on Duncan Oil and Grand Bay. A sample letter will be posted very soon, on the Alabama Coastal Foundation site, suitable as a template for mail or email.
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