Officials Meet to Discuss Investigation of SeMo Reservoir Failure

MARCH 30, 2006 - Posted at 8:07 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - Federal regulators have new information to study about the Taum Sauk reservoir rupture after meeting with state officials late last week.

The meeting was described in a letter made public yesterday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Last week's meeting came about at the request of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.  DNR says it has a lot of evidence about the reservoir failure, but has never been contacted by the FERC during a three-month investigation.

Both agencies, along with the Missouri Attorney General, are investigating the Taum Sauk incident last December.  The collapse sent more than one billion gallons of water rushing through largely rural areas of southeast Missouri.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)