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Old 12-30-2015, 09:37 PM   #1
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News: Lydia Ann Channel,Port Aransas, Tx

For those of us that have enjoyed the unspoiled beauty of the Lydia Ann Channel near Port Aransas, Tx for years, but may be cruising distant waters at this time....things are a'chang'n back home..

For the benefit of cruisers that haven't sailed this far South, the Lydia Ann Channel is arguably the most pristine body of water on the Texas coast, and has considerable historic and environmentally sensitive areas, as well as being home to several endangered species. Sailors, fishermen and kayakers have enjoyed this natural treasure year round for decades.

Judging from this lawsuit just filed by The Friends of the Lydia Ann Channel, it appears that the COE has "short cycled" the permitting process and approved an industrial barge fleeting, storage and service facility in the channel without proper public hearings or required impact analysis. http://www.guidrynews.com/15December/35715FLAC.pdf


It appears from the lawsuit notice and observing AIS signatures on Marine Traffic, that they have basically turned the mooring into a floating chemical and petroleum storage facility. The Friends of Lydia Ann Channel has a webpage with all the details http://savelydiaann.org/. and provides a link with info on how to help the cause.

It sure seems that with all the industrial areas already designated in the surrounding area, that a better compromise could have been found for this facility...
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Old 12-31-2015, 11:22 AM   #2
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News: Lydia Ann Channel,Port Aransas, Tx

I was just in the channel two weeks ago. Lots of barges moored on the east side as usual, but didn't notice anything else.

Are they just trying to keep the barges from mooring there or is something permanent going to be built? Read the website but couldn't find much info.

Those barges have moored there for years IIRC, but I agree, they do screw up the nice scenery, and if one sprung a leak it would be bad.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:13 PM   #3
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True...barges have been nosing up on the shallow area overnight for a long time, but not nearly at the numbers we will now see. It looks like the private company that got the permit from COE has driven a string of pilings along the 1.5 mile area, and they intend to stack as many barges as possible along this line. Lots of $$ to be made over the course of a year in mooring fees....
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Yeah that sucks.

I signed the petition.
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