Cline Shale planning continues
A recap of the recent Cline Shale Session was given during Monday's SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) board meeting by Kirstin Smith, during her monthly Asst. Marketing/Admin. Director update.The meeting, which took place last Friday in Colorado City, saw higher attendance than anticipated with 166 participants. The rise in attendance was largely credited to representatives from state agencies and other groups.Members of the Eagle Ford consortium were also present, in which they offered very straightforward information on the various aspect of oil development. Overall, a lot of beneficial information was given.Among the entities present were representatives from UTSA (University of Texas-San Antonio), Chesapeake Energy, Alamo College, and local community colleges from Odessa extending to Cisco. State agencies represented were, among others, the Texas Workforce Commission, Comptroller, TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation), Railroad Commission, and Department of Agriculture.And in order to bring more local attention on the Cline Shale, it was noted that Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham is planning a "Shale Show". The event would take place at the Nolan County Coliseum at the first part of October.The board determined that SEED should be involved with the show, and options of involvement were presented and discussed. Formal action on SEED's involvement is set to take place at the March board meeting.In addition, SEED staff recently headed to Austin for a TMCN (Texas Midwest Community Network) trip to meet with senators and representatives on issues such as water and transportation. They were able to meet with one particular lawmaker, who is currently trying to pass a hotel/motel occupancy tax, and offer their perspective on the matter and establish continued correspondence.During the trip, Ken Becker, the executive director of SEED, noted that the state's Rainy Day Fund has exceeded $12 billion, which is more than the respective funds of all 49 other states combined. Around $2 billion is projected to be used for the state water plan, with other funds to be used on transportation.Also noted in the report by Smith, maps are still being sought and obtained from the Central Appraisal District for the areas of Roscoe to the eastern part of Sweetwater through Interstate 20.