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UTSA releases Eagle Ford Shale economic impact study in May 9, 11 briefings

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(May 7, 2012) -- The Center for Community and Business Research (CCBR) in the UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) will host a pair of luncheon briefings to release the results of its highly anticipated study, "Economic Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale." This new baseline study assesses economic impacts of the shale realized in 2011 and depicts the rapidly evolving business activity as one of the biggest new drivers of growth in Texas.

UTSA will first release the new economic impact study at a briefing scheduled 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 9 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 600 E. Market St., San Antonio, Texas 78205. A media availability session will follow the luncheon, and the full report will be distributed to attendees.

The CCBR also will release the economic impact study at a briefing in the shale region, scheduled 12:45-2:45 p.m., Friday, May 11 at Garza Ranch, north of Cotulla, Texas.

Thomas Tunstall, CCBR director and the study's principal investigator, and UTSA Associate Vice President for Economic Development Robert McKinley will present the findings of the study at both events. Others on hand will include Barry Smitherman, chair of the Texas Railroad Commission; David Blackmon, director of Government Affairs at El Paso Corp. and Texas committee lead for America's Natural Gas Alliance; and Adam Haynes, director of Government Relations of Chesapeake Energy.

Speaker of the House Joe Straus III, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, NuStar Energy LLP CEO Curt Anastasio and UTSA President Ricardo Romo will offer remarks about the impact of the Eagle Ford Shale at the May 9 event in San Antonio.

Executive Director of the Middle Rio Grande Development Council and Chairman of the Eagle Ford Consortium Leodoro Martinez; Texas Railroad Commission Member David Porter, Cotulla Mayor Joe Lozano and County Judge Joel Rodriguez Jr. will offer their perspectives at the May 11 event in Cotulla.

To register for either event, visit the Eagle Ford Consortium website.

 

 

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