Wednesday, October 11, 2006

1:00 p.m.

Capitol Extension, Room E1.012






Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources was held on Wednesday, October 11, 2006, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.012, at Austin, Texas.







Senator Kip Averitt

Senator Craig Estes

Senator Jon Lindsay


Senator Gonzalo Barrientos

Senator Robert Duncan

Senator Troy Fraser

Senator Juan Hinojosa

Senator Mike Jackson

Senator Kel Seliger

Senator Todd Staples




The Chair called the meeting to order at 1:03 p.m.  The following business was transacted: 


The following testified before the Committee:

Commissioner Larry R. Soward, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Dub Taylor, State Energy Conservation Office

David Schanbacher, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Robert Babik, General Motors

Vance Kemler, City of Denton - Biodiesel Operations

Charles Fiedler, Biodiesel Industries

John R Braeutigam, Valero  Energy Corp.

Bob McCormick, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jim Karlak, Biodiesel Coalition of Texas

Jake Stewart, Biodiesel Coalition of Texas

Bill Spence, Galveston Bay Biodiesel d.b.a Bioselect Fuels

John D. White, Galveston Bay Biodiesel and Standard Renewable Energy Group

Hazel Barbour, Clean School Bus Program of Central Texas

Todd Carter, Panda Ethanol

Bill Pentak, Panda Ethanol

James Aulds, H.E.B.

Steve Simmons, Texas Department of Transportation

Don Lewis, Texas Department of Transportation

Bill Dugas, Texas A&M Agricultural Experiment Station

Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M Agriculture Program

Robert Wood, Texas Department of Agriculture

Don Smith, Texas Farm Bureau


The Chair opened public testimony and the following testified before the Committee:

Jay Millikin, Comal County

Simon Karl Lott, MAN Diesel North America, Inc.

J. David Johnson, Johnson Technology Transfer Group, LLC

Bob Lockhart, Good Company Rep. NBB

Jeffrey Trucksess, Green Earth Fuels

John E. Sherman, Lauren Engineers & Constructors

Sally Velasquez, BioFuels Energy Corporation

Gerry McKenna, Neste Oil


The following submitted written testimony only:

Beth O'Brien, Public Citizen

Luke Metzger, Environment Texas


There being no further business, Senator Averitt moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 







Senator Kip Averitt, Chair




Teddy Carter, Clerk