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After reading John Barry’s latest rambling in The Advocate, I felt compelled to respond and set the record straight. Once again he erroneously calls out the industry association where I serve as president — the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association — and a 1989 report we commissioned and issued.
The actual point of the study mentioned had nothing to do with Barry’s assertion, and is actually limited to three specific sites not even in the jurisdiction of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Furthermore, the study expressly outlines, “This study did not compare wetland loss rates in channelized and non-channelized reference areas[.]”
U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown's dismissal of a flood board's federal lawsuit was greeted with guarded optimism by the major oil and gas associations this morning.
It seems appropriate that President Barack Obama released his latest budget proposal on Groundhog Day.
In every year of his administration, he has attempted to impose the same onerous, damaging tax increases on America’s oil and gas industry. I call it the “copy-and-paste” method. Thankfully, Congress and the American people have repeatedly recognized the importance of the oil and gas industry and soundly rejected his proposal.
However, even I was taken aback by his latest antics. As the curtain continues to close on his presidency, he sent the most resounding strike to the oil and gas industry to date.
The offshore energy industry and the federal government have cooperatively made great strides over the past several years to further enhance the safety of drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, as oil and gas development in the Gulf continues to grow, the U.S. oil and natural gas industry’s commitment to fueling this nation through safe and environmentally sound operations also strengthens.
Immediately after the Macondo incident in 2010, the U.S. oil and natural gas industry launched a comprehensive review of offshore safety measures and operations to identify potential improvements in prevention, intervention and response. Pioneering collaborative efforts and development of new technology and standards sparked significant advancements in these three focus areas, all designed to ensure people and the environment are protected during all phases of energy exploration, development and production.
New Orleans —Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association concluded its 2015 annual meeting as the oldest state trade association and only entity exclusively representing all sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico.