Congressman Weber Tours Waterway

August 29, 2013

Congressman Randy Weber Takes Helicopter Tour of the Sabine-Neches Waterway

From left: Weldon Dunlap; U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas); Clayton Henderson, Sabine-Neches Navigation District.

PORT ARTHUR, TX—Fourteenth District U.S. Rep. Randy Weber viewed his district’s economic engine, the Sabine-Neches Waterway, yesterday from a new vantage point. The Sabine-Neches Navigation District, the local sponsor of the Waterway, facilitated an aerial tour for the congressman, beginning at the Port of Beaumont and concluding with Golden Pass LNG near where the channel meets the Gulf of Mexico.

“It is important for Americans both here in Southeast Texas and in Washington to recognize the national significance of our Sabine-Neches Waterway,” Congressman Weber said. “At home in Texas, the Waterway today supports more than 188,000 permanent jobs. On a national scale, the Waterway is a critical component of U.S. energy and military infrastructure, generating $32 billion in U.S. gross product and nearly 300,000 jobs.”

An important milestone for the Sabine-Neches Waterway was reached in May of this year when the U.S. Senate passed the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) (S.601). The WRDA bill authorizes the proposed Sabine-Neches Waterway deepening project. The bill now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration, the final step before presidential signature.

The Waterway has not been improved since 1962. Deepening the Waterway from 40 to 48 feet will allow larger ships to reach local ports and industrial facilities, thereby meeting growing transportation needs and continuing to attract new growth and development for Southeast Texas and the United States. Additionally, the project would create thousands of jobs, generate billions of dollars in economic impact, enhance trade infrastructure and position the U.S. to compete in the global market place.

The Sabine-Neches Waterway is the nation’s fourth largest waterway, transporting more than 100 million tons of cargo each year. It is the nation’s No. 1 crude oil import channel, home to the No. 1 commercial military outload port and is the No. 1 refiner of jet fuel in the nation and the majority of military jet fuel.. Fifty-five percent of the nation’s strategic oil reserves are supported by the waterway. Refineries along the ship channel refine a minimum of 13 percent of America’s daily fuel consumption.

For more information, please contact Clayton Henderson, Assistant General Manager of the SNND at 409.729.4588 or, or visit


About the Sabine-Neches Navigation District
The SNND responsibly manages, advocates for and improves the ship channel and navigable waters of Jefferson County to enhance the economy, environment and quality of life in Southeast Texas. The SNND is a political subdivision of the state of Texas and has operated in Jefferson County for more than 100 years. The Sabine-Neches Waterway is an engine that drives the economies of Southeast Texas and the U.S., pumping billions of dollars into the economy and generating nearly 300,000 permanent jobs.