Sam Rayburn Reservoir water to be used for hydrostatic testing

Published Nov. 20, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, through a special use permit is allowing the temporary use of approximately 1.70 million gallons of water from Sam Rayburn Reservoir for pipeline testing. The water will be used as part of the Index 129-L Sam Rayburn Reservoir Hydrostatic Test Project by Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP, Houston, Texas, with test staging starting on November 29. Testing is scheduled to last eight hours and should be complete December 2017.

The Project will involve the hydrostatic testing of two existing segments of Gulf South’s Index 129 Loop natural gas pipeline for integrity purposes per Federal Department of Transportation rules and regulations. Once complete, test water will be filtered and discharged back into the reservoir in accordance with the test procedures approved under 40 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 136 and standards set by the Railroad Commission of Texas, EPA, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and other governing authorities establishing requirements associated with the testing and discharge of hydrostatic test water and the authorized permitted activities.

The Sam Rayburn Reservoir Project staff with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be monitoring the testing activities to ensure public health and safety. Additional information about the test procedures may be obtained from Gulf South Pipeline Company’s representative Molly Ladd Whitaker, 866-913-2122 or by email at Corps of Engineers information is available from Lake Manager Bart Dearborn at 409-384-5716 or by email at


About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: and SWF Facebook at:
Clay Church
819 Taylor Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Release no. 17-052