False Reporting on Judge Turner’s Decision on Bayou Bridge Pipeline

Energy infrastructure often faces an uphill battle, with many opponents pushing misinformation on the safety of the projects. Now the media is distorting the truth, reporting false facts on Bayou Bridge Pipeline. A local media report stated a Louisiana District Court judge’s order could halt progress on construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. This is false. What Judge Alvin Turner Jr. actually ruled is that the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) “adjudged and decreed that the matter [be] remanded to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources for further proceedings.” Meaning Judge Turner actually ordered the DNR to take another… Read More

Bayou Bridge Opponent Calls for Standing Rock 2.0

In late 2016, thousands of demonstrators descended on camps in North Dakota to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Once those camps were finally cleared in March 2017, North Dakota residents were faced with a staggering array of issues. Protesters decided to light the camp on fire once they were forced to vacate. Cleanup efforts of an estimated 21 million pounds of trash and debris left behind required 835 dumpsters to haul away and cost as much as $1 million. Not to mention the cost of policing the protests, which surpassed $22 million. And some would appear to want to recreate… Read More

Out-of-State Protesters Target Bayou Bridge Pipeline

Last week, nine protesters trespassed on private property in Jeff Davis Parish to demonstrate against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. According to authorities, these protesters were “mingling near heavy equipment [and] ‘causing a safety hazard for themselves and the construction workers’,” according to the Daily Advertiser. They were cited for trespassing and released. What is more, the majority of these protesters are not even from Louisiana. Hailing from destinations as far away as Portland, Oregon and New York, New York, these agitators took it upon themselves to travel to our state and seemingly attempt to disrupt construction of an infrastructure project… Read More

Oil and Gas Revenue Sharing to Provide $82 Million for Louisiana

For decades, Louisiana has been a crucial hub for the nation’s oil and gas industry. Through both the state’s production of energy resources as well as its transporting and refining capabilities, our state has played a huge role in meeting the nation’s energy needs. Fortunately, the state is expected to see some additional funding benefits from the energy industry’s ongoing operations. As the Times-Picayune recently reported: The state of Louisiana will receive $82 million in Gulf of Mexico offshore revenue in the next few months under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, representing the first large payment under the… Read More

New Study Underscores Importance of Louisiana’s Energy Industry to State Economy

Respected economist and LSU Professor Emeritus Dr. Loren Scott recently published a study titled “The Energy Sector: Still A Giant Economic Engine for the Louisiana Economy.” The report details the myriad economic benefits of the oil and natural gas industry in our state. Some key metrics that the study highlights: 92,000 miles of pipeline in Louisiana, onshore and offshore 44,580 directly employed by energy sector paying $5.3 billion in wages Wages in the pipeline industry were $1,673/week 26% higher than the average manufacturing wage  As Marc Ehrhardt, Executive Director of Grow Louisiana Coalition, related: In the face of an unpredictable… Read More

Report Paints Unrealistic Picture of Energy Infrastructure

Recently, environmental groups Greenpeace USA and Waterkeeper Alliance released a report on pipeline infrastructure projects operated by Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco. The study draws the conclusion that “[t]here is no failsafe way to transport fossil fuels and pipeline spills remain a direct and seemingly unavoidable consequence of oil and gas activity.” Simply put, no method of transporting energy resources will ever be 100% risk-free. Underground pipelines, however, remain the safest means of doing so – far safer than rail, truck, or barge. Additionally, underground pipelines are capable of delivering volumes of oil and natural gas that are exponentially higher… Read More

Bayou Bridge Pipeline Update: Appeals Court Allows Construction to Continue in Basin

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a preliminary injunction against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, allowing construction to proceed in the Atchafalaya Basin while the Court hears further proceedings in the case. As the Court of Appeals concluded, Bayou Bridge “is likely to succeed on the merits of its claim that the district court abused its discretion in granting a preliminary injunction. Rather than granting a preliminary injunction, the district court should have allowed the case to proceed on the merits and sought additional briefing from the Corps on the limited deficiencies noted in its opinion.” In late February,… Read More

Press Release: Diverse Coalition Launches in Support of Louisiana’s Energy Industry

BATON ROUGE, La. — Supporters of Louisiana’s oil and gas economy announced today the launch of Louisianians for Energy, a grassroots effort to defend the state’s energy industry and the broad array of economic benefits it creates for local community members. Louisianians for Energy counts the Louisiana Propane Gas Association as well as more than 2,300 online supporters among its initial members.  The energy industry has long been a pillar of Louisiana’s economy, providing good paying jobs, generating millions of dollars in revenue for local economies, and producing the energy resources that consumers across the country rely on each and… Read More

Louisiana Energy Industry: Critical Source of Employment for the State

Louisiana is at the heart of oil and natural gas production. With countless Louisianians employed in the state’s energy sector, their future relies on these continued job opportunities. The energy industry is a major contributor to Louisiana helping to fuel job growth in the state. From January to June 2017 Louisiana added an average of 3,300 jobs per month and doubled the national average job growth in the second quarter last year, according to the State of Working Louisiana. And what is to thank for the state’s boom in job growth? Construction in the energy sector. Louisiana’s construction industry increased… Read More

Judge Halts Bayou Bridge Pipeline, Harms Louisiana Workers and Economy

Late last week, District Court Judge Shelly Dick issued a preliminary injunction against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, delaying construction on an important piece of our state’s infrastructure and hurting communities across the region. A delay in construction could result in significant economic impacts on the region, preventing millions of dollars and thousands of jobs from coming to hard working Louisianians in the Atchafalaya Basin. The halt will have an immediate detrimental effect on the developer of Bayou Bridge, but those effects will also be felt by the local men and women who would benefit from the project’s construction. With up… Read More