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Commissioner Wayne Christian Tours Houston Ship Channel
Press Release
Thursday, August 23, 2018

AUSTIN - Yesterday, Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian toured the Houston Ship Channel with the Texas Waterways Operators Association to see first-hand how petroleum and petroleum-based products are exported from Texas.

Texas is the top producer and exporter of oil and natural gas in the United States. Total U.S. crude oil exports rose to a record high of 2 million barrels per day in May, making the U.S. Port District of Houston-Galveston accountable for 70% of crude exports in the United States. 

"Marine transportation plays a pivotal role in Texas' ability to export energy across the nation and globe," said Commissioner Christian. "It is the work of Texas mariners and waterway operators that has allowed for our state to change worldwide energy dynamics in our favor." 

"Yesterday, the Energy Department announced that for the first time Texas exported more crude oil than it imported," continued Christian. "This is huge news that demonstrates how close we are to energy security as a nation. This energy security is really national security, in that it allows us to be less energy reliant on potentially hostile nations overseas."

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