“Serving on the Senate Natural Resources Committee will provide countless opportunities to champion the priorities of Senate District 21 families,” Sen. 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,” Zaffirini said. “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.”
“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.
Second in seniority in the 31-member Texas Senate, Zaffirini also is chair of the Government Organization Committee; co-vice chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency; and a member of the Senate Finance, Higher Education, Health and Human Services and Administration committees.