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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:55
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Creating a seamless transfer of workers between Eagle Ford Shale and Cuenca de Burgos
BORDER BUSINESS: The director of the Binational Center at Texas A&M International University in Laredo would like to see binational, bicultural and bilingual energy industry workers transfer seamlessly from the Eagle Ford Shale to the Cuenca de Burgos. To that end, Maria Eugenia Calderón-Porter will next year open the International Energy Institute in Laredo. The assistant vice president for global initial at TAMIU gave her thoughts in a speech at the 21st Annual U.S.-Mexico Border Energy Forum on Friday.

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Worsley: Something magical is happening in Mexico
BORDER BUSINESS: On the first day of the 21st Annual U.S.-Mexico Border Energy Forum, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson paid tribute to Mexico’s political leaders, saying they showed true leadership in deregulating their country’s energy sector. On the second day of the forum, state Sen. Bob Worsley, a Republican from Arizona, made similar comments, saying Mexican leaders displayed great courage in enacting reforms that will, in all likelihood, take their nation in a different direction.

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EPA plans to improve environmental health along U.S.-Mexico border
GEOSYNTHETICS MAGAZINE: Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is awarding more than $8.6 million in grants to fund environmental improvement projects along the U.S.-Mexico border. “Water, waste, and environmental health concerns cross national boundaries, and environmental solutions benefit communities on both sides of our shared border,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

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Diputado: Biggest benefit of energy reform will be increased competitiveness
BORDER BUSINESS: The biggest benefit from Mexico’s energy reforms will be a more competitive industrial base brought about by lower electricity prices, says a border congressman. Javier Treviño Cantú, a diputado from Nuevo León, was a guest speaker at the 21st Annual U.S.-Mexico Border Energy Forum in Monterrey on Friday.

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Perryman: Ending Wright
BORDER BUSINESS: On October 13, 2014, the Wright Amendment expired, removing decades-old limitations on flights out of Dallas Love Field. This is great news for travelers, as it introduces further competition into the market for long-haul flights. When the Wright Amendment was passed, there may have been some justification for it; however, it was time to remove the restrictions.

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