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Section A: General News


Zaffirini joins Natural Resources committee


Zaffirini joins Natural Resources committee
Sen. Judith Zaffirini and Railroad Commissioner David Porter address the Eagle Ford Shale Legislative Caucus at the State Capitol.


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LAREDO -- On Aug. 4, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst named Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

“Serving on the Senate Natural Resources Committee will provide countless opportunities to champion the priorities of Senate District 21 families,” Zaffirini said. “These priorities include promoting responsible, sustainable development of Texas’ energy resources, maintaining healthy air quality, and protecting precious water sources such as the Edwards Aquifer.”

The committee addresses issues related to energy, air quality, and water, including those related to the Eagle Ford shale and the implementation of 2013 legislation funding projects in Texas’ State Water Plan. It also has jurisdiction over matters related to the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

“Thoughtful and prudent environmental stewardship is critical to the long-term viability of our state’s economy,” said Zaffirini. “We believe that we can succeed only through statewide collaboration with state and local leaders, industry representatives, stakeholders, advocates, and everyone interested in addressing the timely issues at hand and their impact on our great state.”

Senate District 21 is in the heart of the Eagle Ford shale and includes the majority of rigs, the majority of production, and the shale’s highest-producing counties. An organizer of the 29-member Eagle Ford Shale Legislative Caucus, Zaffirini has championed short- and long-term solutions to the impacts of the shale on transportation, education, public safety, housing, the environment, and other areas.

“As development continues in Texas’ energy-producing regions, we must work collaboratively to manage our natural resources responsibly, including not only our tremendous oil and gas reserves, but also our air and water,” Zaffirini said.
 

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