MIDLAND, Texas (YourBasin) – The Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance (MOTRAN) hosted a panel from Grow America’s Infrastructure Now (GAIN) Coalition to discuss and highlight the Permian Basin’s driving role in American energy resurgence. GAIN had spokesman Craig Stevens and strategic adviser James Marks. Former geologist for the Texas Railroad Commission Bill Godsey was also a panelist.
Topics ranged from national security, production growth, and outcomes after this year’s election.
“Elections have consequences and when people go to pull the lever for whether it’s a local representative or the president there’s going to be consequences. Right now there are several candidates at the presidential level to import a green new deal who want to shut in U.S. energy production. Who want to stop what’s going on here in the Permian Basin. They want to stop the pipeline construction,” says Craig Stevens, strategic adviser for GAIN.
Stevens says it could impact jobs in the Permian Basin.
Bill Godsey, former geologist for the Texas Railroad Commission, says the pipeline construction is safer. Godsey states it keeps the roads safer with less truck rigs on the road.
“Pipelines are the safest form of transportation when you compare it to rail or to trucking. So, we need to get more pipelines in the ground to move the crude to market,” says Godsey.
Vice President of MOTRAN, Dustin Fawcett, says it is great to have experts from outside the Permian Basin to talk about the importance the basin has to not only to the national economy but to the global economy.
“We don’t realize what we are doing here drives our states, our nation, and the world’s economy,” says Fawcett.