LMOGA Statement on Critical Infrastructure Protection

05 22, 2019 by News Release

BATON ROUGE, LA (May 22, 2019) —The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) issued the following statement on Louisiana’s critical infrastructure protection law.

“Pipelines and other oil and natural gas infrastructure deliver the clean, affordable and reliable energy Louisiana’s working families depend on every day. The intent of the critical infrastructure bill signed into law last year is to protect the safety of Louisiana's people, environment and infrastructure. After careful consideration and debate last session, the final bill enacted was a targeted measure that will not affect an individual’s right to lawfully assemble, fish, hunt, or exercise any right of ownership within the limits and conditions established by law. It is straightforward in its scope and application and does not infringe on an individual's constitutional rights,” said Tyler Gray, LMOGA President and General Counsel.

“This important law protects Louisiana and its citizens from individuals who attempt to unlawfully interrupt construction of pipeline projects or damage existing facilities, which not only puts the trespassers at risk, but also risks the lives of first responders, employees, and the surrounding communities and environment. Louisiana’s natural gas and oil industry plays a critical role in fueling America with reliable and affordable energy and damage to our critical infrastructure risks interrupting critical services across the United States.”

Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, founded in 1923, is a trade association exclusively representing all sectors of the oil and gas industry operating in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. LMOGA serves exploration and production, refining, transportation, marketing and mid-stream companies as well as other firms in the fields of law, engineering, environment, financing and government relations. LMOGA’s mission is to promote and represent the oil and gas industry operating in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico by extending representation of our members in the Louisiana Legislature, state and federal regulatory agencies, the Louisiana congressional delegation, the media and the general public.