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Another Eagle Ford road fix proposed
by Chip Latcham
Jun 12, 2013 | 1350 views | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Most reports about the Eagle Ford Shale’s impact on this region just keep getting better and better.

In this week’s Progress, Three Rivers now boasts the largest Valero Corner Store in Texas – at the intersection of Interstate 37 and State Highway 72.

At 10,100 square feet, the store features a Subway restaurant, beer cave, 10 gas pumps, six high-speed diesel dispensers and an expansive parking for 18-wheelers and traditional vehicles too.

Another front-page story noted Talisman Energy stepped up and donated $32,000 total to two groups in McMullen County, an elevated light tower for the Tilden and Calliham fire departments and a chest compression machine for EMS.

Karnes County has been named the top crude oil producer in Texas, and the Countywide regularly has been reporting business expansions and open houses.

The grand opening of the new Pioneer Natural Resources facility in Pawnee occurred on June 5. It includes 81,000 square feet of office buildings on a 35-acre site and employs about 200 workers.

Also noted in the Bee-Pic’s last edition, the TEAK Midstream cryogenic plant near Tuleta has a new owner. Atlas Pipeline Partners bought the Silver Oak plants, gathering lines and other assets for a whopping billion dollars.

“We think this play is the best in America; we just had to find the right entry point,” said Matt Skelly, Atlas vice president of investor relations.

One downside of the Eagle Ford is the heavy traffic of trunks, tankers and oil and gas equipment, creating wear and tear on the roads and highways.

Karnes County officials met last week with a representative of Naismith Engineering regarding the possible development of a capital improvement program for its road and bridge department.

If Senate Bill 1747 is signed by the governor and becomes law, it would provide $225 million in state funding for counties whose roads and bridges have been damaged by oil and gas industry related use.

The Bee County Commissioners Court and, particularly, Precinct 2, the northern portion, could benefit from this one-time cash infusion from the Legislature.

To apply for these grants, counties must create an energy transportation reinvestment zone and meet certain criteria, according to a story Sunday in the San Antonio Express-News.

Several county judges expressed interest in the concept, adding that “we’ll know more about the timeline” in the next month or two.

Bee County has taken an active role in requesting oil and gas companies to assist with repair bills to the county’s roads. This might be another avenue worth pursuing to fund these critical repairs.
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