Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announces today that he is initiating a delegation letter to the Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee requesting the authorization of $900 million be included in the final Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Conference Report for the expansion and maintenance of the Sabine-Neches Waterway (SNWW). The total cost of the project will be $900 million; $625 million will come from federal funds, $225 million from non-federal funds. Congressman Poe serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; Waterways Subcommittee. Fellow committee member Congressman Charles Boustany (LA-07), whose Congressional district resides along the SNWW in Louisiana, joins Poe in the request for funding. It is anticipated that the Conference Report will be finalized by the end of September.

The expansion of the Sabine-Neches Waterway is vital to the economy and security of the entire country, said Poe. As the largest port for military cargo, the Port of Beaumont and the Sabine-Neches Waterway should be recognized as the energy and military gateway to the United States. Hurricane season is in full swing and should remind us that we need to have viable options in shifting cargo along the Gulf Coast. Expanding the Sabine-Neches Waterway to todays standards is critical to maintaining our economy and meeting our growing energy needs. I gladly welcome the support of my colleague Congressman Boustany, the people of his district have as much to gain from this expansion as mine.

Basic Facts on Sabine-Neches Waterway:
  • Sabine-Neches Waterway is the largest military port in the US based on tonnage
  • Sabine-Neches Waterway is the 4th largest waterway by tonnage
  • Sabine-Neches Waterway is the second largest importer of crude oil in the US
  • 20-30% of all military jet fuel is produced on the Sabine-Neches Waterway
  • Sabine-Neches Waterway is the port of entry for the crude oil supplied to the Hackberry and Bighill strategic petroleum reserves.
  • 18 million tons of cargo moved through terminals along the Sabine-Neches Waterway
  • 83,692 jobs in TX and LA
  • $877.7 million of direct wages and salaries
  • $853 million of federal taxes generated by Sabine-Neches Waterway
  • $426.5 million in state and local taxes
Basic Facts on Fuel Supply related to the Sabine-Neches Waterway:
There are 4 major refineries in Beaumont-Port Arthur area that represent 8% of the domestic refining capacity east of the Rocky Mountains:
  • ExxonMobil, Motiva, Total & Valero
There are 3 large crude unloading terminals:
  • Sunoco, Chevron and Oiltanking
There are 3 major pipelines:
  • Colonial Pipeline 2 million barrels/day serving LA, AL, MS, GA, TN, SC, NC, VA, MD, DE and NJ. Sabine-Neches refineries supply 15% of the product in the system.
  • Explorer Pipeline 650k barrels/day serving TX, OK, MI, IL and ID. Sabine-Neches refineries supply 13% of the product in the system.
  • TEPPCO Pipeline 330k barrels/day serving LA, AR, MO, IL, KY, ID & OH. Sabine-Neches refineries supply 32% of the product in the system.