The battle of Sabine Pass – Shawn Bartholomae

Sabine Pass - Shawn Bartholomae
Sabine Pass has the distinction of being a city located inside of another city. It maintains its own city government. Shawn Bartholomae explains how it is incorporated within the authority and jurisdiction of Port Arthur. The two communities became as one from a common census since the 1990’s. Sabine Pass has a separate school district, operates and maintains its own post office. It abides by and complies with the jurisdiction of the water district authority.

The Sabine Pass community however is a neighborhood in the Jefferson county within the Beaumont –Port Arthur metro area of the state of Texas.

The fact that Sabine Pass exists and Texas is part of the United States could have been much different.

According to the Adams-Onis treaty the Louisiana boundary was to landfall on the West bank of the Sabine River which would have placed the community of Sabine pass inside of the Louisiana boundary. At the time the border was set, Texas was an autonomous republic. Texas claimed the border ended at the Sabine River Delta and thus would claim the community. The two sides were not all that cordial and certainly were not in agreement. The possibility and even the probability of an open war between the new republic of Texas and the United States ran high.

Mr. Shawn Bartholomae of Prodigy Oil and Gas observes the history when Louisiana became a state, they openly declared the border of Louisiana to be extend to the Western flanks of the river. Texas insisted that the border stopped at the pass on the Eastern side. The issue was deep seated and the United States sent armed patrols into the pass. Texas did likewise.

There were several incidents that could have led to open hostilities. If the incident had seen that turn of events, it is quite possible that the state of Texas would have existed as a separate nation. Hostilities at that time would have put in jeopardy both the petition of Texas to join the union and also would have cast doubt upon the acceptance of such a petition by the United States.

While the US assigned a cutter to patrol American territory, and run the river, Shawn Bartholomae notes that the Republic of Texas patrolled the river with her own ship, the Santa Anna. There were incidents that could easily have led to armed conflict and even war between the U.S. and the new republic. Eventually the conflict was resolved and the Sabine Pass was declared Texas territory.

In modern times the Sabine Pass takes on a new and valuable role as the ideal facilities for the construction of massive LNG export terminals. The petroleum interest in the Sabine Pass first appeared prominent in 2008 as the nation was importing petroleum fuels and the pass was a natural magnet for this type of imports.

The facility became the first of its kind in the U.S. to be able to do both simultaneously, export and import huge volumes of natural gas. This should prove to be a huge factor as the present interest in the exporting of petroleum heats us.

In retrospect, both sides are extremely fortunate that the incident came to a peaceful resolution. The fortunes of both the United States and Texas are immensely affected by the fact that Texas is part of the Union.

Prodigy Oil and Gas principal Shawn Bartholomae concludes that it could have easily been other wise.


More on Ethanol – Shawn Bartholomae


The ethanol situation is a moving target that bears watching says Shawn Bartholomae, CEO of Prodigy Oil and Gas Company in Irving, Texas. The financial impact on US citizens has not all been good, with the price of corn dramatically driving up the cost of beef, cereals, etc. The battle goes on as engine manufacturers say damage will be done to cars at higher level of ethanol mixed in with gasoline. Now it is even beginning to be a State vs. Federal legal battle. Where will it all end?

Shawn Bartholomae’s speech about Ethanol

Missouri lawmakers took a step today that seems to intensify the confusion and heighten the tensions surrounding the proposals for the higher ethanol blends called E-15.  The conflict centers on whether or not to burn the newer blend of ethanol and gas.

The E-15 which is essentially a 50% increase in the amount of ethanol required to be blended into our gasoline. The Missouri legislative body blocked a proposal that would have allowed this 15% blend of ethanol to be sold in the state’s retail gasoline outlets. The state’s lawmakers cite existing state law that requires gasoline to contain a 10 percent blend.

This puts the motorist who is filling up his car or truck in the position of violating either the state law or the federal law as he cannot abide with both.

Shawn Bartholomae also says, associations for the gasoline outlets, as well as petroleum suppliers and automakers have raised the issue of damage to the engines many smaller engine manufacturers have claimed that the use of this higher blend would cut the useful life of their engines in half. The ensuing legal problems could even lead to the nullifying of the warranties of the manufactures.

Shawn Bartholomae also said that, a bigger issue seems to be looming. The question is whether the state laws can supercede the federal laws. If the separate states are allowed to determine their own blend ratios, or even the legalities of the usage of ethanol, then compliance issues are headed for a giant sized muddle.

Proponents of the newer blend ignore the mountains of studies and reports revealing the   unfavorable aspects    that are highly unfavorable towards ethanol. These studies are focused on the environmental impact and the cost of making the ethanol.

University studies are reporting that a gallon of ethanol consumes more fuel, more energy in its production that it could ever possibly save. Environmental aspects become highly questionable when wetlands and water systems are destroyed by the millions of acres lost to the enterprise.

Proponents turn a blind eye towards these reports and even accuse the media of “sniping”, lazy journalism, and the blatant use of non-proven statistics.

The proponents plow ahead with strong centralized non-detailed sentiments claiming “Expanding the use of renewable fuels is a proven (?) Strategy for boosting our nation’s energy independence and bringing more dollars back to farming communities across Missouri”

The dollars going back to the farming communities is the most believable part of that statement.

The issue has many billions of dollars at stake and as the complexities of the rulings unfold, the scene bides extremely important implications for both the corn growers, the ecology and the oil and gas industry.

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