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Navigation District moving forward with waterway deepening project

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Port Arthur News
September 26, 2014

By Chelsea Henderson, The News staff writer

The Sabine-Neches Navigation District finally has the green light from the federal government to dredge its 65-mile-long ship channel in order to deepen the waterway by eight feet.

Clayton Henderson, Navigation District assistant manager, said the district is nearing the kickoff of its waterway deepening project during a presentation at the Texas Department of Transportation’s Southeast Texas Transportation Summit last week at the MCM Eleganté Hotel and Conference Center.

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Navigation District raises taxes, looks to ‘innovative financing’ for deepening project

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Port Arthur News
September 26, 2014

By Chelsea Henderson, The News staff writer

The Sabine-Neches Navigation District raised taxes 6 cents on Sept. 9 to finance the first stage in its “Channel Improvement Project” — a 12- to 15-year venture that will deepen the Sabine-Neches Waterway from 40 feet to 48 feet.

Randall Reese, Sabine-Neches Navigation District general manager, said the tax rate had been set at $0.0297 for the last decade, but the new rate of $0.087 per $100 valuation will help pay for the “immediate need” of removing and replacing 42 pipelines that run beneath the waterway. Reese said he expects the district to begin removing pipelines in the beginning of 2015.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sabine-Neches deepening project promises 78,000 permanent local jobs

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12 News Now
July 16, 2014

JEFFERSON COUNTY – Some call the Sabine-Neches Waterway the lifeline of the Southeast Texas economy. It is the 4th largest waterway in the United States, seeing 71,000 vessel transits a year. About 100 million tons of cargo traverse the channel annually, mostly crude oil.

“We produce about 13% of the nation’s gasoline daily,” said Clayton Henderson, assistant general manager of the Sabine-Neches Navigation District (SNND). Continue reading

Paitl: local ports among busiest and riskiest in nation

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Port Arthur News
June 12, 2014

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

PORT NECHES — Joe Paitl, captain of the U.S. Coast Guard, is leaving his Port Arthur post next month, and retiring this year, but he won’t be leaving the community he has come to appreciate.

“I’m staying in Southeast Texas because this is my home,” Paitl told Port Arthur Sertoma members Thursday.

Paitl, the civic club’s guest speaker, discussed maritime issues, and the role the Coast Guard plays locally. Continue reading

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