Texas, Mexico Begin Work on Bilateral Agreement
Texas and Mexico are working on a collaborative agreement that
would establish a natural gas and liquids pipeline permitting
process for potential future projects.
The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates natural gas and
LPG transportation and distribution in the state, sent Commissioner
Charles R. Matthews to Mexico as its representative to meet with
Mexico's Comision Reguladora de Energia (CRE) last week. Matthews
and CRE representatives agreed to begin exchanging information to
formalize an agreement, and will begin by conducting workshops on
regulations and safety standards that exist in the two regions.
In July, Matthews, Jess Totten from the Texas Public Utilities
Commission and Jorge Garces from the Texas Secretary of State's
office held a roundtable discussion about the cross-border economic
opportunities. Within the next 10 to 15 years, the U.S./Mexico
border infrastructure will become integrated through highways,
rail, electric grids and pipelines. Mexico has begun to privatize
its natural gas industry, and has deregulated electricity already.
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