Gov. Perry: Texas Continues to Lead the Nation in Energy Production
Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed House Bill 3328 and Senate Bills 20 and 527, which will increase transparency in energy production and enable Texas to remain the nation's energy leader. The governor was joined by Reps. Jim Keffer, Tan Parker and others for the signing ceremony.
"Texas' energy sector continues to fuel the nation by continuing to develop traditional energy sources, cleaning our air and making tomorrow's technologies more viable," Gov. Perry said. "These bills will help us stay on top by expanding our use of Texas sources of fuel, while addressing public concern about air and groundwater quality."
HB 3328, the first of its kind in the nation, requires well operators to disclose chemicals used during the hydraulic fracturing process. The bill addresses public concern by providing a more transparent process, which will help Texas continue to protect its resources, while allowing oil and gas companies to continue safely using the fracturing process in the state, as they have for years.
"HB 3328 will provide much-needed transparency to an industry practice that is not commonly understood, but is playing a vital role in our energy future and economy," Rep. Keffer said. "I applaud Governor Perry's support for this bill. Once again, Texas is leading the nation in effective, common-sense regulation of energy development."
SB 20 creates incentives for heavy-duty natural gas vehicles and natural gas fueling infrastructure; and SB 527 provides funding for additional air monitoring in the Barnett Shale region.
"Many of us have worked tirelessly for years to strike the right balance between protecting our public health and wellbeing, while allowing North Texas to reap the tremendous economic benefits that our natural resources provide," Rep. Parker said. "This bill package finds the right balance by increasing transparency, and it gives us more tools to carefully monitor and quickly address any potential effects that gas drilling may have on our environment, while helping to achieve American energy independence."
"As I have said before, a strong economy does not need to come at the cost of the environment, and Texas has shown that to be true," Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chairman Bryan Shaw said. "A clean environment and strong economy are not mutually exclusive, but mutually beneficial and necessary."
Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and gas exploration and production, generating nearly one-third of all domestic natural gas, and containing one-fourth of all U.S. oil reserves and refining capacity. Texas has also decreased ozone levels by 27 percent from 2000 to 2009, more than any other state in the nation, and improved NOx emissions by nearly 58 percent.
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