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Energy Leaders Respond to New District Court Ruling on Coastal Litigation, Gov. Edwards’ Renewed Calls for More Lawsuits
BATON ROUGE, LA (Nov. 10, 2016)— Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) Acting President Gifford Briggs and Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) President Chris John today issued the following joint statement in response to 24th Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Enright’s decision to grant a motion for a new trial in the lawsuits involving Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Jefferson Parish and numerous oil and gas exploration and production companies over alleged violations of coastal use permits:
It is difficult to decide where first to begin in response to John Barry’s latest rambling in The Advocate. I suppose it makes sense to begin where he erroneously calls out my association, the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association and a 1989 report we commissioned and issued. This isn’t the first time Barry has made this claim or fabricated conversations with industry. My aim is to make it his last.
This is a letter to the people of Louisiana and our dear colleagues in industry and their families and friends. I know this finds many of you in pain all along south Louisiana. Images of gutted homes and its contents stacked along the street bring about one emotion: heartbreak. This comes at a time where industry has hit an all-time low. We feel your pain.
While the industry remains groggy and knocked down; it is not out. It never will be. The reason is simple: the industry is made from the people of this great state. Too many anti-oil and gas people think the industry is this faceless corporation that does not care. That is, simply, not the case. The industry is you and your families. These are the very families who responded to the needs of their neighbors by taking matters into their own hands and conducting historic rescues. Without your “get it done” attitude, the industry is nothing. Louisiana and the oil and gas industry has always responded from the depths. Louisiana will be back and so will the jobs and joy of being one of the world’s greatest energy producers.
Energy leaders point to latest ruling as further proof that the lawyer-driven litigation scheme is unnecessary
BATON ROUGE, LA (August 9, 2016)— The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) and Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) today issued the following joint statement in response to 24th Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Enright’s recent ruling to dismiss several of the lawsuits filed by trial lawyers on behalf of Jefferson Parish against oil and gas exploration and production companies:
“The district court’s ruling makes it crystal clear that this litigation scheme is premature and inappropriate. As we have said from the beginning and the court ruling further reiterates, there is already a rigorous administrative process in place to ensure that each and every coastal use permit in the state is in compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act.”
Here we go again.
With only five months until a new president takes office, the current administration is taking another swing at the offshore oil and gas industry. This latest punch is once again an overreaching, misguided rule developed with limited public input that drastically impacts the future sustainability of our domestic energy supply with no apparent benefits. Unfortunately, hits like these keep on coming, and no one feels them more than our American energy workers whose jobs depend on a vibrant oil and gas industry.