Binational Energy Task Force in the Works

Texas-Mexico Collaboration Key to Energy Reforms
Binational Task Force

Binational Task Force

Since the Mexican government enacted historic energy reforms in 2014, there have been a flood of  initiatives to encourage dialogue and collaboration from both sides of the border. One if these is a new task force proposed by Texas Secretary of State, Carlos Casco.

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Casco announced the formation of a new task force last week that will reach out to Mexican and U.S. agencies and entrepreneurs. His hope is that this binational effort will promote public/private partnerships to tackle critical issues that are key to economic development including infrastructure projects such as water and roads.

Secretary of State, Carlos Casco said that “We have to invest in our infrastructure in order to continue being able to be a trading partner. At the end of the day, it’s about job creation and business on both sides of the river.”

Mexico’s new legislation opens up the country’s energy market to foreign investment and has sparked the state power company (CFE) to initiate an aggressive construction campaign that includes $3.3 billion to be spent on 12 natural gas and electricity projects.

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Eagle Ford Consortium 2015

Conference Adds Program to Focus on Mexican Reforms
Eagle Ford Consortium 2015

Eagle Ford Consortium 2015

The fourth annual Eagle Ford Consortium, scheduled for May 27-29 in San Antonio, will address issues that affect Eagle Ford Shale counties.

New on the conference agenda is a pre-conference program on Mexican energy reform. Speakers will look at how border counties will be impacted by the new Mexican energy reform laws and how small and medium businesses can tap into the opportunities and be connected to the reforms.

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Keynote speakers for the conference will include Texas Railroad Commission Chair Christi Craddick and Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantari. Topics include:

  • An Optimistic View of the Economy
  • State of the Workforce in the Eagle Ford Shale
  • Regional Coordination of Emergency Responses Resources
  • Roads & Road Safety
  • Environmental
  • Workforce & Education
  • Applying Current Technology in the Oil & Gas Industry
  • Economic Development & Creative Financing
Eagle Ford Consortium Chairman Leodoro Martinez told the San Antonio Business Journal that once shale oil opens up for foreign investment later this year, midstream companies in Texas will have lucrative business opportunities to build up Mexico’s infrastructure. “What it does for our shale area, is that it opens up a lot of activity for our border communities such as Eagle Pass, Del Rio and Laredo,” Martinez said.

The Eagle Ford Consortium addresses issues that are the result of the economic impact of the oil and gas exploration that is taking place within the Eagle Ford Shale. For more information about membership or to register for the conference, go to