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Cuellar, Cornyn host multi-agency meeting to discuss Eagle Ford shale




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WASHINGTON, D.C. --U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo), joined by the office of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), hosted a multi-agency meeting in Washington D.C., with a delegation from the Eagle Ford Shale Consortium to discuss a broad range of issues related to the development of the communities impacted by the Eagle Ford shale. Topics discussed included opportunities for federal support of workforce development and housing as well as possible grant opportunities.

The Eagle Ford Shale Consortium, led by Chairman Leodoro Martinez, gave a presentation providing an overview of the Eagle Ford shale to U.S. Department of Agriculture -- Rural Development, Department of Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Department of Energy and the Economic Development Agency.

The meeting covered a wide range of topics, including providing training to energy workforce employees, ensuring the availability of affordable housing for the thousands of workers hired by Eagle Ford shale, and infrastructure improvements for roads that are supporting massive trucking traffic.

The Eagle Ford Shale Consortium is comprised of stakeholder representatives from a cross section of community members from the South Texas area. The consortium exists to serve the public’s interest in matters of economic and community development, community education, job creation, workforce education and development, natural resources, and other related subjects.

Last year alone, the Eagle Ford shale formation had an economic output of $25 billion dollars and sustained over 47,000 full time jobs.
 

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