GOOD NEWS FOR GRAND BAY - AT LEAST FOR NOW
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced Duncan Oil has withdrawn their permit request to dredge an access channel and drill a natural gas well in Grand Bay, Mobile County, Alabama. About two weeks ago, Duncan's consultant re-surveyed the proposed access channel and well site. This survey revealed that as a result of Hurricane Ivan, the access channel had become much more shallow and the shallow water area had been colonized by submerged aquatic vegetation, an important fishery habitat. Since the conditions changed, the application was withdrawn and they will investigate an alternative approach for drilling a well in their lease area.
So, at least for the near term, there will be no drilling. If and when Duncan resubmits an application for a permit to drill, the USCOE will notify us, allowing time for public comment again.