Bayou Bridge “water protectors” caught littering in the Atchafalaya Basin

The Daily Iberian recently published a letter authored by Louisianians for Energy President Randy Hayden regarding recent reports from the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office that protesters from L’eau Est La Vie Camp left behind scattered supplies and garbage at campsites in very isolated areas of the Atchafalaya Basin. Hayden points out the risks associated with this careless behavior: Debris left behind in these remote locations could damage the land, harm wildlife living in the area and eventually make it’s way into the bayou’s waterways. It would appear that protesters have been too busy attempting to stall construction and garner… Read More

US working with countries across the world to promote US LNG exports & bolster energy security

The Advocate recently reported that the US is working with Japan and other countries in Asia to build facilities for US LNG exports and improve their energy security. The article reports that as the world’s biggest LNG importer, expansion in Japan offers a “great opportunity” to expand American energy’s influence, as emphasized by US Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette: “The world is right here in Asia. Demand for LNG is very, very high here. There is an enormous amount of opportunities not only for U.S. businesses but also for Japanese businesses as well as other Asian businesses.”     In fact,… Read More

Louisiana well-positioned to support oil export boom

Louisiana has long been a leader in the American energy industry and continues to play a key role in promoting modern development. The state’s industry has recently been in the spotlight, highlighting the impressive capacity of Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG Export Terminal, the nearly-complete Bayou Bridge Pipeline, and a host of other energy projects that are either underway or have been recently proposed. Louisiana’s role does not end there, however. The pipeline bottleneck in Texas’ Permian Basin has made national headlines as drillers have been forced to slow production or even shut down wells. But constructing new pipelines is… Read More

Louisianians for Energy featured in Business & Industry Connection Magazine

Louisianians for Energy was recently featured in Business & Industry Connection Magazine in an article highlighting the coalition’s efforts to promote the oil and gas industry and emphasizing its important role in the state’s economy. The article spotlights the beginnings of the grassroots effort and the need for a group working to protect the best interests of Louisiana’s energy industry. The article includes comments from coalition president Randy Hayden, writing: According to Hayden, Louisiana’s economy is built on safe and reliable access to its energy resources; it is the lifeblood of the Pelican State’s economy. Hayden emphasized that expanding Louisiana’s… Read More

Louisiana playing key role in increasing US LNG exports

The American energy industry continues to play a critical role not only in the US economy and domestic policy, but also internationally. Recently released data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports US natural gas exports in the first half of 2018 were more than double the 2017 average. From January through June, the US exported an average of .87 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per day. The significant increase in LNG exports can largely be attributed to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, an $18 billion project from Cheniere Energy located in our backyard here in… Read More

Pipeline ‘valve turners’ put communities, workers at risk

Yesterday, October 9th, Judge Robert Tiffany dismissed the case against three environmental activists who were charged with damaging an Enbridge Energy pipeline in northern Minnesota in 2016. After trespassing onto the property, activists cut the chains and locks bound to the pipeline valve, shutting off the flow of as much as 500,000 gallons of oil. The recently acquitted activists have celebrated the case’s dismissal, having been lauded by environmentalists and anti-energy outlets across the country. One of the activists has even contended she feels as if she no longer needs “to be so careful about committing other acts of civil… Read More

U.S. Now Largest Global Crude Oil Producer; Strong Energy Starts in Louisiana

Last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported the United States is now the largest global crude oil producer, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia. Louisiana has continued to play an important contributing role to the oil boom, as one of the top ten producing states. According to the EIA, the state’s 18 oil refineries account for nearly one-fifth of the nation’s refining capacity, and are capable of processing more than 3.3 million barrels of crude oil per day. In addition, the state’s deep-water port can accommodate the largest crude oil tankers, receiving up to 2 million barrels per day.… Read More

Bayou Bridge Developers Taking Extra Precautions with Temporary Work Stop

Yesterday morning, Bayou Bridge pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners announced they would be temporarily halting construction on a small, disputed parcel of land along the 162-mile pipeline route. This decision comes as the pipeline nears completion, and will soon carry crude oil from St. Charles to St. James. According to a statement from Energy Transfer Partners, the project’s developer, the agreement “does not have any impact to our construction schedule or the timing of our project completion.” Thorough permitting and regulations play a critical role in modern pipeline development and expansion. Furthermore, continued growth of our critical energy infrastructure is… Read More

Energy Infrastructure Investments Continue to Promote Economic Development

Yesterday, the Hayride reported on Louisiana Economic Development’s recent announcement of a $2.5 billion crude oil pipeline and export terminal project in Plaquemines Parish. The project will be completed by Tallgrass Energy LP and Drexel Hamilton Infrastructure, with assistance from the Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District. Public-private partnerships have continued to be the backbone of industry and infrastructure growth. This news comes at a critical time, as the U.S. currently faces a major energy infrastructure shortage. In addition to its vital contributions to the energy industry and providing safe, efficient transport of crude oil, the 700-mile pipeline project will… Read More

Anti-energy protesters escalating tactics, recent arrests

InsideSources published an article today on the escalating protests at Bayou Bridge construction sites. Activists have turned to “kayaktivism,” tree sits, and other unlawful, risky tactics to delay construction. These intensified protests come as the pipeline nears its expected October completion. A number of protesters have been arrested over the past few weeks since a new Louisiana state law was enacted on August 1. InsideSources describes the new law, writing: On August 1, a Louisiana state law raised the stakes for trespassing on a “critical infrastructure” area, changing the offense from a misdemeanor to a felony. It further classifies pipelines… Read More