Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 59 of 263
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April 4, 1935.
To the Forty-fourth Legislature of the State of Texas:
For emergency consideration I submit the following matter:
A bill creating the Texas Gas Conservation Corporation will be introduced
in both houses today. The basis for this bill begins with an initial
program conceived by certain members of the Legislature early in this
administration to conserve natural gas as an invaluable natural resource.
Last January, work was begun on a plan designed to find markets for gas
that was being blown into the air by wasteful processes of utilization.
The idea was conceived of building pipe lines to new markets. Engineers
and marketing experts were called into consultation. The problem was
discussed with the Federal administration at Washington to determine
whether such program was economically sound and self-liquidating. After
mature deliberation by men in whose ability I have confidence, it was decided
to be feasible to construct a pipe line from the Texas Panhandle to
St. Louis and Detroit, the two largest, untouched natural gas markets in
the United States.
After having concluded that this proposition was sound and after it had
been discussed with the National Administration, construction engineers
and marketing experts began to work in earnest on the details of such a
possible construction. The distribution companies for artificial gas at St.
Louis and Detroit were contacted and an enthusiastic reception was accorded
by the City of St. Louis and by the distributing company in Detroit.
It has been impossible, of course, to make actual binding contracts with
either of these distributing companies due to the absence of a contracting
authority in the State. I am, however, assured by representatives of
those markets that the market is available and that it is waiting the action
of the State of Texas.
Last month an Act creating the Texas Gas Conservation Corporation was
submitted to the Legal Department of the Public Works Administration in
Washington. That department discussed the proposed measure with
those departments of the Federal Government interested in the conservation
of the natural resources of the nation. Today I am submitting to you
an Act that bears the approval of its terms by the Legal Department
of the Public Works Administration and by those Federal Departments to
which I have referred.
Furthermore, this plan has been discussed in detail and at length with
some of the most eminent gas and legal authorities in the United States.
Always without exception it has been pronounced fundamentally sound.
Far-reaching effects of this proposal are difficult to conceive. It is the
estimate of engineers that the project will furnish forty-seven million six
hundred thousand (47,600,000) man hours of employment, outside the fabrication
of four hundred fifteen thousand (415,000) tons of steel. This
means a veritable army of men now on the unemployment relief rolls will
be put into useful and gainful employment. It means that steel mills will
again hum with activity and that long deserted villages will spring again
into hopeful existence. It means that cities that have struggled along with
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Allred, James V. Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939, book, 1939; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3899/m1/59/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .