News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

September 5, 2013
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Sen. Uresti appointed to the Energy Council

AUSTIN — State Sen. Carlos Uresti was appointed Thursday to the Energy Council, a working group designed to facilitate national energy policy among energy-producing regions in the United States and Canada.

Uresti, whose Senate district contains significant portions of the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin, said the appointment provides an opportunity to exchange valuable information about oil and gas exploration and production and related issues, such as water and transportation, with other states.

"I have worked closely with the energy industry, communities in the shale regions, and elected officials to sustain the promise of the oil boom while also addressing the challenges it has brought," Uresti said. "I plan to use that experience to inform other council members on the solutions Texas has crafted and to learn what they've done as well. I'm sure it will be a very fruitful collaboration."

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appointed Uresti to the council, which includes representatives from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, plus the province of Alberta, Canada.

Sen. Uresti represents Senate District 19, which covers more than 35,000 square miles and contains all or part of 17 counties, two international ports of entry, ten state parks, 51 school districts, almost 9,000 miles of highways and county roads, and more than 34,000 producing oil and gas wells. The district is larger than 11 states and 124 Nations, and contains almost 400 miles of the Texas-Mexico border.