Letters to the President of the United States of America: Leading Energy Companies Urge Pres. Trump to Support Port Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project

Jan 29, 2018

 

RE: Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project Funding – FY’19 – To President Trump from Port Corpus Christi CEO, Sean Strawbridge

Letter to President Trump from CEO’s of Six Leading Energy Companies

January 29, 2018

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

RE: Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project Funding – FY’19

Dear Mr. President:

It is with great anticipation that the Port of Corpus Christi Authority awaits your Fiscal Year 2019 budget and the funding levels for the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) responsible portion of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project. Once completed, this economically and strategically vital infrastructure project will undoubtedly position the United States as the most energy dominant player in the world.

In support of this project are U.S. energy companies who themselves are investing billions in infrastructure from the rich producing energy fields of Texas to Corpus Christi. As the gateway to the global markets, the Port of Corpus Christi must ensure the infrastructure it oversees, namely the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, is capable of handling safely and competitively the anticipated increased export volumes of crude oil, natural gas, and other petroleum products. At the center of this energy renaissance is the Corpus Christi Ship Chanel Improvement Project.

Attached please find a letter from the CEO’s of well-known American energy companies in support of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project, and a plea for funding the USACE sufficiently to move this project to fruition. With widespread bi-partisan support, we are confident you will find this project the most worthy of funding of all U.S coastal navigation construction projects in the Nation.

Sincerely,
PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI AUTHORITY

Sean C. Strawbridge
Chief Executive Officer

cc: Hon. Mike Pence, Vice President, United States of America
Hon. Rick Perry, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy


January 29, 2018

President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We are collectively writing to express our unequivocal support for Port of Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project (CIP) and ask that you include $60 million for this project in your Fiscal Year 2019 Presidential Budget to begin Federal participation in its construction. This critical construction project has been authorized by Congress on two separate occasions – the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA 07) and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA 14). In addition to the Congressional authorizations, the CIP has gone through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) rigorous benefit-to-cost analysis, which concluded this project has national benefits of $2.65 cents for every $1 dollar invested at the 7% discount rate. To better position this project to receive federal construction dollars, officials from the Port of Corpus Christi negotiated and executed the required Project Partnership Agreement with the USACE in September 2017 [1], which included $32 million in accelerated funding from the port authority.

Currently, the Port of Corpus Christi (Port) is our nation’s 4th largest seaport by tonnage and the largest export port for U.S. produced crude oil and is on pace to become one of the largest exporters of liquefied natural gas by 2020. Since the first shipment of American crude abroad in 2015, Corpus Christi now exports 61 percent of the 478 million barrels sold by the United States. Completion of the CIP would allow Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) to navigate the channel allowing larger shipments of exported oil and gas to trading partners in the global marketplace.

The Port generates approximately $20 billion in economic activity for the state of Texas, including nearly $5 billion in personal income, as well as $353 million in state and local taxes and 80,000 in port-related jobs. The Texas Congressional Delegation supports the CIP and on August 4, 2017 [2] and December 18, 2017 [3], members of the delegation wrote to the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), Douglas Lamont, and USACE Chief of Engineers, Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, and requesting assistance in the Fiscal Year 2019 Presidential Budget.

The 2015 lifting of the U.S. crude oil export ban allowed our companies to invest nearly $50 billion in industrial projects underway in South Texas that rely on the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to move our products, creating tens of thousands of jobs and billions in additional economic output.  Many of those new industrial projects include announced pipelines from Permian Basin to the Port of Corpus Christi designed to handle significant increases in U.S. oil and gas production, which will enhance U.S. energy dominance and our allies’ energy security well into the future.  Considered alongside the shipments of 5.6 million barrels of liquefied petroleum gas and 101 million barrels of petroleum products each year, our companies have helped the port become a net exporter of oil and gas, positioning it as a national gateway for global energy trade.

Our monthly trade deficit currently exceeds $65.3 billion and continues to grow.  Critically, the Port of Corpus Christi CIP project can play a role in reducing the trade deficit. Many other U.S. ports continue importing record amounts of containerized cargo from countries like China. In 2017, the Port alone exported more than $6 billion of crude oil to U.S. trading partners.

Funding the CIP is an opportunity to invest in a national transportation asset that would allow our U.S. companies and the port to significantly increase our export capacity and help solidify the U.S. as a world energy leader. Thank you for your personal attention to this matter of importance to people and businesses of Corpus Christi, TX, and the United States.

Sincerely,

Vicki Hollub
President & CEO, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Bradley Barron
CEO, NuStar Energy L.P.

Clark C. Smith
Chairman, President & CEO, Buckeye Partners, L.P.

Mike Howard
CEO, Howard Energy Partners

Greg Armstrong
CEO, Plains All American Pipeline

Jack A. Fusco
President & CEO, Cheniere Energy, Inc.

 

1 http://portofcc.com/press-release-port-of-corpus-christi-approves-project-partnership-agreement-with-the-u-s-army-corps-of-engineers-for-deepening-widening-of-the-corpus-christi-ship-channel/
2 August 4, 2017 letter to USACE from Texas Congressional Delegation
3 December 18, 2017 letter to USACE from U.S. Sens. Cornyn (R-TX), Cruz (R-TX) and Inhofe (R-OK)

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RE: Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project Funding – FY’19 – To President Trump from Port Corpus Christi CEO, Sean Strawbridge

Letter to President Trump from CEO’s of Six Leading Energy Companies