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Texas, Mexico Begin Work on Bilateral Agreement

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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