2019 Capitol Day with Future of the Region South Texas
Texas Energy Advocates (TEAC) was founded to give a voice to the many South Texans who strongly support Texas energy but oppose unnecessary risks to the Coastal Bend. On February 11, TEAC joined Future of the Region South Texas, a nonprofit advocacy group, at the Texas State Capitol to talk to state lawmakers about the growth of the energy industry in our region and discuss our serious environmental, regulatory, and economic concerns related to the establishment of a deepwater port off the coast of Corpus Christi.
Nearly 25 South Texans spoke with elected officials in our 47-county region about potential issues associated with offshore terminals, including:
- Lack of local and state regulatory oversight;
- Slow emergency spill response on location;
- Potential environmental impacts
toMustang Island in the event of a spill; and
- National security risks associated with an unmanned port
Feedback from the Capitol was overwhelmingly positive. With the help of all our participants and supporters, our voices were heard loud and clear. During the day’s events, we spoke with officials and/or staff of Representatives Steve Allison, Alex Dominguez, Bobby Guerra, Ryan Guillen, Roland Gutierrez, Abel Herrero, Todd Hunter, Phil King, J.M. Lozano, Armando Martinez, and Chris Paddie; Senators Dawn Buckingham, Donna Campbell, Peter Flores, Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Lois Kolkhorst, Eddie Lucio, Jr., Jose Menendez, and Judith Zaffirini; as well as David Zapata with the office of the Secretary of State.
“This was the best year I’ve done this,” said Jane Gimler, president of the Ingleside Chamber of Commerce. “We met with the people representing my region and I was happy to find that they already were well-informed on the issues that were specifically important to me and my region.”
“I want to congratulate and thank you for coming out today,” said Robert Flores, a political consultant. “Any elected official will tell you they appreciate your presence because it shows your interest and your convictions for the issues that you’re there to speak on. It puts a face to the issues in their minds and hearts because all they see are these issues come across their desks on paper, but when you show to talk about X, Y and Z, it lays cover for them. That’s what they want — they want to make sure someone out there is for or against what they’re voting on.”