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BATON ROUGE, La. (September 20, 2017) –The Water Institute of the Gulf is embarking on a new study with the Port of Lake Charles to identify sediment sources in the Calcasieu Ship Channel and to find the best way to use channel dredged material to protect critical infrastructure at the port.
The $360,000 contract approved by the port in late August tasks the Institute with better understanding how sediment moves through the Calcasieu Ship Channel and to evaluate alternative locations to find long-term and realistic dredge disposal sites. Primarily due to the increase in liquified natural gas, it’s predicted that ship traffic will double by 2023.
A $100,000 oil company grant will more than double the capabilities of a project that tracks radio-tagged birds throughout south Louisiana’s wetlands.
ConocoPhillips donated the money to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The grant will help fill in the gaps of the Coastal Louisiana Array Project.
Every day, a countless number of folks get out of bed and go to work providing the energy America needs to prosper. We do this with little fanfare and most often unnoticed. Focusing on delivering safe and affordable energy to the American people is in the forefront of our concerns. Yet, in times of adversity, the oil and gas industry always steps up to plate and delivers. This is exactly what happened as Hurricane Harvey took dead aim at our coast.
Hurricane Harvey walloped sections of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana with hurricane winds and historic flooding. Our thoughts and prayers, as always, are extended to the people that were impacted by this storm. As soon as Harvey made its way out of the impacted areas, the oil and gas industry took swift action. The response was prompt and impressive. As I worked with our members during the initial recovery, I found that LMOGA member companies had already donated nearly $34 million dollars to the recovery efforts.
The acceleration in gasoline prices in the aftermath Hurricane Harvey should ease as refineries in Texas restart production, but the process is slow.
About 4 million barrels per day of refining capacity was shut down — more than one-fifth of the nation's supply. Some of that supply is expected to return within a week.
Ten Texas refineries remained shut down Friday and another 10 were running at reduced rates or restarting, according to the Energy Department. It may be weeks before the country's largest refinery, Motiva's Port Arthur facility, restarts.
As we find ourselves in the 2017 hurricane season, it’s hard not to recall the devastation that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita brought to all of South Louisiana twelve years ago. Hurricanes Gustav and Ike followed just three years later. I want to again express my sorrow for the people of Acadiana who suffered losses and still feel the effects of these disasters today.
So much has changed since these events. The Department of Natural Resources has created a fuels team, to better coordinate gasoline supplies prior to, during, and after an emergency. Yet there are still encumbrances by Federal laws and EPA rules. The Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Public Safety have developed emergency orders that allow industry to react quickly to these events and handle the federal obstacles. The State of Louisiana has greatly improved their disaster preparation and response capabilities.