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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.
The Department of Interior's first central Gulf of Mexico lease sale under newly named Secretary Ryan Zinke March 22 was a strong one, reflecting the industry's renewed optimism and interest in the deepwater Gulf.
Lease Sale 247, the last to be held under the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) 2012- 2017 Leasing Program, garnered nearly $275 million in high bids for 163 tracts covering 913,542 acres of the central Gulf. As Secretary Zinke put it, "The Gulf of Mexico is one of the most productive oil and gas basins in the world, and its mature offshore and onshore infrastructure supports a safe and responsible development of our domestic energy resources."
Oil industry and environmental groups are the latest to express opposition.
Oil industry and environmental groups have joined Louisiana interests voicing opposition to a Trump administration budget proposal that would strip the state of billions of dollars it plans to use to protect coastal communities from hurricanes and an encroaching Gulf of Mexico.
Louisiana Mid Continent Oil and Gas Association issued the following statements today in response to Scott Angelle being named Director of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement:
Chris John, LMOGA President:
“Today’s announcement of Scott Angelle as Director of BSEE is good news for America but especially good news for the oil and gas industry in Louisiana. Since Scott previously served as the Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Natural Resources, he has a keen understanding of the significance of our offshore industry to Louisiana’s economy and good-paying jobs, also has an appreciation of the need for sound and sensible safety and environmental protections.
Please join us in welcoming new member company, BHP, to LMOGA. We are thrilled to have this great company as part of our strong and growing membership.
BHP is among the world’s top producers of major commodities including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium with substantial interests in oil, gas and energy coal. BHP's Petroleum unit comprises conventional and unconventional oil and gas operations, and includes exploration, development and production activities. BHP has a high-quality resource base concentrated in the United States and Australia. Their core production operations consist of conventional assets located in the US Gulf of Mexico, Australia and Trinidad and Tobago and unconventional Onshore US assets.