FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/24/2013
BELL JOINS HOUSE ENERGY CAUCUS
Austin, TX -- State Representative Cecil Bell, Jr. (Magnolia) is the newest member of the House Energy Caucus (HEC), a legislative caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, set to focus on energy production and the issues facing adjacent communities.
"I'm excited to join the HEC. My district has a long history and deep understanding of energy production and the impact it can have on a community," Representative Bell said. "The legacy of responsible energy production and the positives it can bring in terms of growth, jobs, and business development can be seen in our district with responsible companies like Denbury Resources."
"Energy production is a critical part of our state's economy and vital to our national security," HEC Chair Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) said,l addressing the members during the organizational meeting. "The importance of this production is never lost on the communities supplying the men, women, and businesses supporting the oil patch, the mine, or renewable fields spread over most of our state."
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Texas is first in the nation in production of oil, natural gas, and wind energy. Texas coal and lignite production is also a key supplier for energy demands. As technological capability and demand has increased, the growth and expansion of these forms of energy production has affected all areas of the state.
The HEC will provide educational opportunities and information on policy issues regarding traditional energy production such as oil, gas, and coal, as well as alternative energy including biomass, wind and solar power, and emerging technologies like clean coal/coal gasification. In addition, the HEC will also identify, research, and build coalitions to help resolve social and infrastructure issues faced by areas of the state experiencing significant impacts from increased activity related to the energy industry.
"The Caucus will help to educate its members on the impact to energy production of legislation addressing water, transportation and workforce development needs," Rep. Darby said. "This state's energy industry is revitalizing our state through innovative technologies and significant economic investment and I want to see that continue."
Jessica Lynch, Chief of Staff