Potential Impacts of Mexico’s Energy Reform on the Texas Transportation System

The recent energy reforms signed by Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, are expected to invite an increasing amount of foreign private investment for exploration and extraction of oil and gas. Due to the expected increase in investments for exploration and production of Mexico’s shale reserves that are located south of the Rio Grande River (mainly in the Burgos Basin), the hydraulic fracturing boom along the Eagle Ford in Texas will likely expand south. The potential influx of investment from foreign companies in the Burgos Basin can have strong implications on Texas’ transportation system. After a brief description of the hydraulic fracturing process, this paper analyzes the potential impacts of the Mexican energy reform in the Texas transportation system by first presenting the general goals of Mexico’s energy reform and documenting previous research that was conducted on the influence that the energy sector had on Texas transportation systems. This paper then discusses the potential impact that Mexico’s National Infrastructure Investment Program could have on Mexico’s shale region, identifying possible similarities in the energy sectors of Mexico and Texas. The final section of this paper presents conclusions and identifies areas for further research.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References;
  • Pagination: 12p

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  • Accession Number: 01599879
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 20 2016 10:55AM