Senator Zaffirini Announces Funding for Eagle Ford Shale Road Improvements

(AUSTIN) — Roadways impacted by increased traffic related to development in the Eagle Ford Shale will soon benefit from more than $23 million in new state funding, Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, announced today (Friday).

“The Eagle Ford Shale is a boon to South Texas’ economy, but increased truck traffic has strained our rural roadways,” Senator Zaffirini said. “This funding from the Texas Transportation Commission will support critical maintenance and safety improvements in six Eagle Ford counties in Senate District (SD) 21, namely, Atascosa, Bee, Dimmit, La Salle, Live Oak and Karnes.”

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, nearly 1,200 loaded trucks are needed to bring just one gas well into production–the traffic equivalent to approximately 8 million cars. There are approximately 277 oil and gas drilling rigs operating in the Eagle Ford Shale, and approximately 70 percent are in SD 21. Karnes and La Salle counties are the two top-producing counties in the shale.

The $23.3 million will fund the addition of safer passing lanes, intersection improvements and roadway maintenance and reconstruction.

“This funding is most welcomed, but it is not enough to address all of the significant safety and maintenance concerns in the district,” Senator Zaffirini said. “As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I will continue to champion increased funding for our highways impacted by the energy sector.”

Statement from Senator Judith Zaffirini Regarding the Death of Schertz Mayor Hal Baldwin

(AUSTIN) — “Texas has lost a true leader with the death of Schertz Mayor Hal Baldwin. He personified the values shared by so many in Senate District 21: faith, family and a commitment to serving the community.

“Mayor Baldwin’s more than 40 years of public service reflected his dedication not only to the City of Schertz, but also to the entire Metrocom area and to his country. When I hosted him and other Metrocom mayors at the Texas Capitol during last year’s legislative session, he was working diligently and purposefully on behalf of his community and our mutual constituents.

“I am deeply saddened by his loss, and it is my prayer that his family, friends and fellow citizens treasure rich memories of this outstanding public servant.”

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Statement from Senator Judith Zaffirini Regarding the Death of Senator Carlos Truan

(AUSTIN) — “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” Senator Carlos Truan, D-Corpus Christi, uttered those words countless times as he fought for increased funding not only for his constituents’ needs and priorities, but also for education and health and human services programs, especially for low-income families. Many Texans, including those who never knew him, benefitted from his leadership and passion.

“Senator Truan made history as the first Hispanic to serve as Dean of the Texas Senate. More important, his accomplishments, especially in enhancing access to higher education in South Texas, made a historical difference for South Texas.

“All of us who were privileged to serve with him in the Texas Legislature are saddened by his loss and will remember him fondly as a friend and colleague.”