Eagle Ford Shale

South Texas Environmental Education and Research

The San Antonio chapter of the American Petroleum Institute is investing in the university’s science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and other programs that support the oil industry.

Although Texas A&M-San Antonio does not have a petroleum engineering major currently, the institute is supporting possibilities for the school’s future.

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In the first segment:

Last week the special session of the Texas legislature passed a bill that would institute mandatory minimums for 17 year olds convicted of capital murder.

The state of Texas has mandatory minimums for several crimes including murder, but has avoided some of the most controversial mandatory minimums with nonviolent drug offenses. States like Florida and Massachusettes have seen their prison populations swell with these nonviolent offenders.

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Today Congressman Henry Cuellar appeared at a Greater San Antonio Chamber luncheon to brief regional business leaders on his priorities for the district.

One of those priorities is repair of the roads and bridges in rural counties where hydraulic fracking has become a way of life.

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A bill to ensuring that oil companies using fracking techniques are being held to environmental standards has passed out of the Natural Resources Committee and now heads to the House floor for a vote.

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In The First Segment:

Thomas Tunstall is the director of the UTSA Center for Community & Business Research and the lead researcher and economist on a recent study about the economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale.

The study found that the total economic impact of the boom is $46 billion dollars and 86,000 jobs.

The report also found that the Eagle Ford Shale now ranks as the largest single oil and gas development in the world based on capital expenditures.