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Texas Transportation Funding: Rep. Joe Pickett proposes $3.5 billion in sales taxes for highways

According to the Texas comptroller, sales tax collections for fiscal year 2014 were $27.4 billion. So if the measure were in place then, it would have generated $3.488 billion. The amounts are projected to increase to $3.7 billion by 2018, Pickett said.

Click here for complete article > El Paso Times

March 26, 2015

State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, upped the ante Thursday while the Legislature looks for more funding for highways.

The chairman of the House Transportation Committee introduced two bills intended to earmark $3.5 billion a year in sales-tax revenue for transportation and to bring more transparency to the process by which the Texas Transportation Commission chooses projects to fund…

…The measure introduced by Pickett would take the first $3 billion in sales taxes that are collected each year and 2 cents of every dollar collected after that….


Save $50...Last Day to Register for Energy Summit

Today is the final day to register for the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Energy Summit at the regular rate.  Co-hosted by Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, the Summit will be held March 31 and April 1 at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock, TX.  Register today for only $75... tomorrow it will be $125!

Where else can you gain the latest information on the state of the energy industry and its potential impacts on local, national and international economies?

An agenda of national and international speakers will address the United States, Alberta and Mexico. Sessions will address oil and gas, wind, and workforce.

What are the opportunities and concerns for local communities, organizations, local governments and businesses?

Register Now!

Please share this across your network.  We are looking forward to a great event!


Ports-to-Plains Alliance Letter to Colorado Governor Re: Local Authority on Oil and Gas

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance expresses its support for the resolution of Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI). The Ports-to-Plains Alliance supports the existing statutory and regulatory framework applicable to oil and gas operations.

Click here for complete letter.


Theodore Roosevelt Expressway: Highway 85 leads deadly statistics

It is a major mover of people and equipment, said Cal Klewin, director of an organization aimed at improving U.S. Highway 85 as part of a regional Theodore Roosevelt Expressway concept.

Klewin said a real eye-popper was the number of oversize truck permits issued for U.S. Highway 85, which averaged 200 a day every day last year. Those numbers were compiled by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Click here for complete article > Bismarck Tribune

February 23, 2015

The 2014 crash report for major North Dakota highways comes as no surprise for people living in the oil patch.

U.S. Highway 85 — the main drag through the state’s prolific oil production zone — leads in all categories of fatal accidents, injury accidents and property damage accidents…

…By traffic volume, portions of U.S. Highway 85 are also the most heavily used in the state, with the exception of Interstate 94 east of Valley City and Interstate 29 from Grand Forks through Fargo….


Registration Open for 2015 Ports-to-Plains Alliance Energy Summit

The energy industry is a major economic driver throughout the Ports-to-Plains region.  The oil and gas production, wind energy and the supporting supply chain create thousands of jobs in our communities.  It is important for our community and business leaders to have a good understanding of the issues facing the energy industry, and impacting our local economies.

With that in mind, the Ports-to-Plains Alliance is proud to partner with the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance to host the 2015 Ports-to-Plains Alliance Energy Summit March 31 – April 1 at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock, Texas. Top energy experts from across North America will come together to share their insight with attendees. There will also be outstanding networking opportunities for business and community leaders and economic developers.

The event will begin with an opening reception from 5:30 - 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 31. Conference sessions will start at 8:00 am on Wednesday morning, April 1 and the event will conclude around 4:00 pm that afternoon. We have negotiated a special rate of $120 per night (plus tax) at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center.

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TransCanada responds to latest Keystone XL pipeline hurdle …TransCanada’s response is exactly on target 

TransCanada noted, “When we filed our original application in 2008, the price of oil was less than $40 per barrel and no one suggested that Keystone XL was not economic then.”

“Suggesting that the drop in oil prices requires a re-evaluation of the environmental impact of the project is just another attempt to prolong the KXL review,” Finkel said.

Click here for complete article> The Bakken

After the U.S. Senate last week joined the House in a bipartisan effort to pass bills approving the Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week introduced a new wrinkle that could further delay the project.

A Feb. 2 letter to the U.S. Department of State from Cynthia Giles, EPA assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance, said the project needed further review because of low oil prices, the potential for increased greenhouse gas emissions and pipeline routing issues...


Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. provides a perspective on why wind energy matters 

Click here for complete article > The Hill

A Berkshire Hathaway company, MidAmerican Energy, is about halfway done with building up to $1.9 billion worth of wind farms in Iowa. We will be able to able to utilize wind resources in a manner that can represent the equivalent of about half the needs of our retail customers by 2016.

Why are we investing in wind? Well, we look at five factors...


Connecting West Texas: Mayor and Ports-to-Plains Alliance hoping to expand I-27

Going south from Lubbock, the proposed extension of I-27 would go down to Lamesa, split in Lamesa with one route going to Midland and the other going to Big Spring, meet back up in Sterling City, continue through San Angelo and down to Del Rio. From there it would hug the border until it reaches Eagle Pass, then go east to Carrizo Springs and then south to Laredo.

Going north from Amarillo, the proposed extension would reach Dumas and then split, with one route going northwest to Texline and the other going north into the panhandle of Oklahoma.

Click here for complete article > Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Shannon Wilson / A-J MediaIt’s not a new idea, but it has picked up some momentum lately.

Interstate 27 currently runs from Amarillo to Lubbock, but city leaders and economic development agencies are hoping to expand it, proposing the freeway go as far south as Laredo, stretching across Texas until it hits the northern border going into both the panhandle of Oklahoma and the northeastern tip of New Mexico.