Requests $900 Million be Authorized to Deepen and Widen Channel

Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee requesting that they include $900 million in funding in the Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization (WRDA) to improve the Sabine Neches Waterway (SNWW).

The Sabine Neches Waterway is a vital riverway that serves as the energy artery to the United States, said Poe. The Port of Beaumont is responsible for the largest deployment of military cargo to Iraq and at its current depth cannot sufficiently serve both our military and America's growing demand for gasoline.

Securing additional funding to improve the channel has been a top priority since I was elected to Congress, added Poe. I will continue to educate other Members of Congress on the importance of the SNWW to our countrys energy industry and national security.

The SNWW is home to the largest commercial military port in America based on tonnage, and it is the second largest in the World. Approximately 20-30% of America's commercial jet fuel is produced on the SNWW. The significant amount of our military's jet fuel that is produced on the SNWW remains a matter of national security. The SNWW is the primary supplier to America's Bighill and Hackberry strategic oil reserves. An estimated 73 million tons of crude oil, 28 million tons of petroleum products, and 8.5 million tons of chemical cargo move through the SNWW's marine terminals annually. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) latest Waterborne Commerce data discloses approximately 74,794 total vessel and barge trips are made on the SNWW in a year. This traffic is expected to exceed the recommended maximum operating capacity in the next three years because of the $25 billion in new infrastructure invested along the SNWW to construct America's first new refinery since 1976, expand its three existing refineries, and construct three of America's eight new LNG plants.

Congressman Poe serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and member of the Congressional Port Security Caucus.