The Beaumont Enterprise
May 5, 2015
The Sabine-Neches Navigation District legislation, authored by Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) and sponsored by Representative Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont), has passed both chambers of the Texas Legislature and will now be sent to the Governor for signature, according to a released from Creighton’s office.
Senate Bill 1137 clarifies existing state statutes and authorizes the District to enter into contracts and agreements necessary to deepen the Sabine-Neches Waterway, the Tuesday release said.
“This legislation will go a long way in improving the Sabine-Neches Waterway and boosting economic growth in Jefferson County,” Creighton said in a prepared statement. “The Sabine-Neches Navigation District is a lifeline of the Texas economy and this expansion will affect the entire nation’s economic outlook.”
Deshotel said the deepening will “create jobs and increase the capacity of economic output.”
Navigation District General Manager Randall Reese estimated the project would “bring tens of thousands or jobs and billions of dollars of investments to the region.”
The Sabine-Neches Navigation District is the third largest waterway in the United States and the nation’s largest commercial military out-port, the release said. Over 100 million tons of cargo are carried on the Sabine-Neches Waterway each year. Currently, industry related sectors supported by the Sabine-Neches Waterway generate over $32 billion in gross product, $18 billion in personal income, $3.4 billion in federal taxes, and more than 288,000 permanent jobs annually, the release said.