Bill Text: TX HR5 | 2013 | 83rd Legislature 3rd Special Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: In memory of energy industry pioneer and philanthropist George Phydias Mitchell of Galveston.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2013-08-06 - Reported enrolled [HR5 Detail]

Download: Texas-2013-HR5-Introduced.html
  83S30021 BPG-D
  By: Eiland H.R. No. 5
         WHEREAS, The State of Texas lost an admired philanthropist
  and energy industry giant with the passing of George Phydias
  Mitchell of Galveston on July 26, 2013, at the age of 94; and
         WHEREAS, The son of Greek immigrants, Mr. Mitchell was born
  in Galveston in 1919; he worked his way through Texas A&M
  University, selling candy and stationery and running a tailoring
  and laundry business; after graduating first in his class with a
  degree in petroleum engineering and geology, he served his country
  in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, attaining the
  rank of captain; and
         WHEREAS, This dynamic Texan joined a newly formed wildcatting
  company in 1949 as a consulting geologist and engineer; he became a
  partner in the firm and was then named president in 1959; under his
  skillful leadership as chair and chief executive officer, Mitchell
  Energy & Development Corporation evolved into one of the nation's
  largest independent oil and gas producers; the company was listed
  on the New York Stock Exchange before its merger in 2002 with Devon
  Energy Corporation; and
         WHEREAS, Recognized as the father of hydraulic fracturing,
  Mr. Mitchell pioneered drilling and completion technologies that
  transformed the energy industry; for nearly two decades, he
  overcame setbacks and ignored naysayers while perfecting methods of
  extracting natural gas from the Barnett Shale formation in
  commercial quantities; his foresight and dogged determination
  engendered an industry revolution that has vastly increased global
  supply and enhanced the energy security of North America; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Mitchell also enjoyed tremendous success as a
  real estate developer of rare ambition and imagination; in 1974, he
  established The Woodlands, a 28,000-acre master-planned community
  designed to preserve East Texas forest and other natural resources
  while integrating mixed-income residential development with an
  employment center; the city today is home to about 100,000 people
  and a number of corporations, and it is recognized for the beauty of
  its protected green space, which represents a quarter of its total
  area; and
         WHEREAS, The devoted father of 10, Mr. Mitchell joined with
  his wife, Cynthia Woods Mitchell, to help make the world a better
  place for future generations; in 1978, the couple created the
  Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation to support innovative,
  sustainable solutions for human and environmental problems; since
  its inception, the foundation has distributed or pledged more than
  $400 million to a variety of worthy causes, including the promotion
  of sustainability science and clean energy, Cook's Branch
  Conservancy, and the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and
  Astronomy at Texas A&M; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Mitchell became the most generous benefactor in
  the history of his alma mater, with donations that included the land
  for the university's campus in Galveston; in addition, he spent
  tens of millions rebuilding his hometown, funding the restoration
  of the historic Strand District and resurrecting a long-dormant
  Mardi Gras tradition that now brings 500,000 visitors to the city
  annually; and
         WHEREAS, In his later years, Mr. Mitchell focused
  increasingly on charitable endeavors; he made the Giving Pledge, a
  commitment promoted by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates,
  making public the intent he and his late wife had formed to donate
  the majority of their wealth to philanthropic initiatives;
  moreover, he advocated powerfully for tighter regulation of and
  safer practices in the conduct of hydraulic fracturing; and
         WHEREAS, George Mitchell left an indelible imprint on the
  nation as a true visionary of the energy industry, and through his
  exceptional dedication to environmental protection, social equity,
  and economic prosperity, he made important contributions that will
  long continue to resonate in the Lone Star State and beyond; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby pay tribute to the
  remarkable life of George P. Mitchell and extend sincere
  condolences to his loved ones; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of George
  Phydias Mitchell.