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Eagle Ford: Bill provides funding for Eagle Ford roads
AUSTIN -- The Senate Finance Committee considered Senate Bill (SB) 1778, legislation by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, that would provide funding for critical transportation infrastructure projects in the Eagle Ford shale and other shale regions.
According to an April 23 Zaffirini press release, SB 1778 would direct a percentage of severance taxes on oil and gas production to facilitate transportation infrastructure projects in the shale regions, including comprehensive construction, maintenance, and improvement of county and state roads impacted by oil and gas development.
“The Eagle Ford shale is a tremendous economic asset to South Texas, but increased truck traffic has strained our rural roadways, threatening public safety and commerce,” said Sen. Zaffirini, whose district includes the majority of rigs and production and the top-producing counties. “My bill would ensure that a portion of tax revenue generated by oil and gas production would stay in the region and address a critical need.”
The Texas Department of Transportation has estimated that it could cost $1 billion to repair the roads impacted by energy production in the Eagle Ford shale and other areas of the state.
South Texas leaders who testified in support of the legislation included McMullen County Judge James Teal, La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez, DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler, Zavala County Judge Joe Luna, Webb County Judge Danny Valdez, and Webb County Commissioner Jaime Canales.
Other supporters of the legislation include Karnes County Judge Barbara Shaw, Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff, the Texas Oil & Gas Association, the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, the American Natural Gas Alliance, and the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers.
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