POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 8:50pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 4:08pm
TYLER — The energy sector is a big part of the East Texas economy. And today in Tyler, an energy summit that discussed the future of energy jobs here in East Texas and nationally had a big turnout.
Local expert Tom Mullins tells KETK the 2nd Annual Energy Policy Summit has brought national experts to talk about policies that impact the oil and gas sector, the power generation sector and even green energy.
Controversial topics like the Transcandada Keystone X-L Pipeline and hydraulic fracturing were also discussed.
Mullins says projects in drilling, extraction and production are creating thousands of high paying jobs across the country.
"Of course that's ultimately what we're trying to accomplish here in this part of the state, we want these high paying jobs to be created and to stay in East Texas," Mullins said.
Mullins tells KETK the unemployment rate in East Texas is a point or two lower than the national average because of our energy sector.