W&M conducted Phase I ESAs and Phase II investigations of several properties owned by various industries, including TXU Energy Company in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. The properties are located in an area being redeveloped by the Tarrant County College District (TCCD) for their downtown campus. The area is heavily developed with a number of industries and potential sources of contamination including several landfills, two power plants, a lead smelter, former gasoline stations and a residential community. The TCCD campus is considered an anchor for the downtown redevelopment project known as the Trinity River Vision.

The Phase I and Phase II ESAs indicated that the Site had been impacted by VOCs and metals. As a result, W&M completed the Innocent Owner/Operator Programs (IOP) application, conducted soil and groundwater sampling, worked with the TCEQ case coordinator, and completed the IOP report documentation (namely the Site Investigation Report or SIR). The sampling and data evaluation by W&M clearly demonstrated to the TCEQ that the Site had not "caused or contributed" to the contamination and the Site was subsequently granted Innocent Owner Certificates (IOC) for several properties. Other contaminated properties were granted closure through the VCP after submitting the appropriate Affected Property Assessment Reports (APARs) and conducting additional investigation or remediation.

The Sites were issued the appropriate regulatory closure certificates and the properties are currently undergoing development. The downtown campus and the Trinity River Vision are considered very important developments for the future of downtown Fort Worth. The project was completed in a timely manner and within the proposed budget. W&M’s expertise with the TCEQ at similar IOP and VCP sites was very helpful in the successful completion of this project.






W&M completed a determination for the presence of waters of the U.S. and wetlands at proposed gas well pads, access roads, and pipeline easements associated with numerous gas well pads. The gas well pads are associated with the Haynesville Shale Gas play in Louisiana. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This determination was conducted on behalf of a Texas-based natural gas company, for the purpose of determining the aerial extent of jurisdictional waters of the U.S. and wetlands within the pad sites. The wetland determination was conducted in general accordance with the Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual, Technical Report Y-87-1 (January 1987) and applicable amendments and supplements including the October 2008 Interim Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual: Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain Region. Other waters of the U.S.(i.e., streams) were delineated based on the presence of an ordinary high water mark (OHWM) as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 33, Chapter 2, Part 328.3 (33 CFR 328.3e) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Regulatory Guidance Letter 05-05, dated December 7, 2005. W&M also presents data and our opinion of whether the waters of the U.S. delineated at the Site are under the jurisdiction of the USACE as currently defined. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots.