The recently formed Eagle Ford Task Force, which was created by Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter (see Shale Daily, July 29), outlined its agenda for the rest of the year at a meeting last week. The 24 task force members plan to focus on water usage and hydraulic fracturing; the impact of oil and gas production on community infrastructure; the need for public education about oil and gas production; and the promotion of economic development through the industry. At the meeting members discussed workforce issues affecting the region. Industry representatives estimated that approximately 120 jobs are connected to each drilling rig and currently there are about 200 rigs operating in the Eagle Ford. However, employers are often battling failed drug tests and background tests or the lack of commercial drivers licenses when trying to fill jobs in the burgeoning oil and natural gas play, they said.
Articles from Mailed
With its board recommending that shareholders reject the unsolicited Exelon Corp. offer and proposed expansion of its board, Princeton, NJ-based NRG Energy Inc. has mailed proxy materials to shareholders for its July 21 annual meeting. Exelon, based in Chicago, responded less than a day later with a proxy mailing of its own.
El Paso Energy and The Coastal Corp. announced through a jointproxy statement mailed Friday that special meetings of stockholderswill be held May 5 in Houston to vote on the proposed combinationof the two companies. Stockholders of record on March 17 will beeligible to vote. The merger was announced Jan. 18.