Cash for Road Repair in Shale Areas Proves Elusive

As he looks at the calendar, DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler is getting nervous.

Fowler is among a group of officials in the Eagle Ford Shale area who are lobbying lawmakers for money to address the rural South Texas region’s roads, many of which have been pummeled by drilling activity. With about a month left before the legislative session ends, he and others fear the push for funding has stalled.

“We’re not looking for state-highway-quality roads,” Fowler said. “We’ve just got to armor them up and keep them safe.”

The Texas Department of Transportation has estimated that maintaining ...

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