ADVISORY: Corpus Christi, Texas, to Host U.S. Congressional Oversight Committee Hearing on South Texas Energy

February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced that the committee will hold an official Congressional field hearing entitled, Exploring all the Energy Options and Solutions: South Texas as a Leader in Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy, on Monday, February 13, 2012, at 9:00 AM CST in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The hearing, which is open to the public, will allow Members of Congress to hear testimony from experts about energy production in South Texas, the job creation it provides, and government red tape that impedes production efforts.

Texas produces more energy than any other state. It ranks number one in crude oil production and Texas refineries account for one-fourth of the total amount of U.S. petroleum refining capacity. Texas also leads the country in natural gas production, producing approximately 30 percent of the nation’s supply. Over a one-year period from June 2010 to June 2011, the oil and gas industry added over 28,000 jobs to the economy, making up almost 13 percent of job growth in the state over that period. Texas is also the largest producer of wind power in the United States, since overtaking California in 2006. This hearing will analyze the contributions that Texas, particularly South Texas, is making to power the American economy and what could be done to ensure that this progress continues.

Details for Monday’s hearing in Corpus Christi:

What: Official Congressional Field Hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Corpus Christi, Texas – Exploring all the Energy Options and Solutions: South Texas as a Leader in Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy

Date/Time: Monday February 13th at 9:00 AM CST (doors open at 8:30 AM)

Hosted by: U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — Chairman Darrell Issa (CA) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX) have confirmed their attendance

Location: Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas

Witnesses:

Ms. Elizabeth Ames Jones, Chairman, Railroad Commission of Texas

Mr. Jeff Weis, Executive Vice President, Orion Drilling Company LLC

Mr. Aaron Hees, President, Charro Operating LLC

Mr. Charif Souki, Director, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board, Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P.

Mr. Scott Stanford, Operations Manager, Royal Offshore, Royal Production Company, Inc.

Mr. Mark Leyland, Senior Vice President, Offshore Wind Projects, Baryonyx Corporation

Mr. Roland C. Mower, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation

Mr. Robert E. Parker, President, Repcon, Inc.

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