Concerned activists forget restoration takes time, resources, oversight

According to a recent article in The Advocate, the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper and other environmental groups have filed a claim against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline stating concerns that the pipeline is causing environmental hazards to waterways in the Atchafalaya Basin. Dean Wilson, the founder and director of the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, has made a name for himself by taking journalists and news outlets on tours of the Basin, pointing out areas where he alleges pipeline officials have failed to remediate. Opponents like Mr. Wilson have presented no sound evidence that the images and “hydrologic impacts” have anything to do with the pipeline’s… Read More

Louisiana pushes ahead with new energy and infrastructure development

Over the weekend, Area Development reported on Louisiana’s recent economic development boom across key sectors including oil and gas, petrochemicals, and advanced manufacturing. The state’s gross domestic product (GDP) hit an all-time high of $255.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018 and through July 2019, Louisiana secured 37 major projects that accumulated $7.6 billion in new capital investment.  According to a Louisiana Economic Development spokesperson, the investment will create over 6,400 new jobs for the region. This development is especially positive for Louisiana’s workforce, the article notes: “Over the past decade, Louisiana has invested nearly $300 million in higher-education… Read More

Another Baseless Protester Lawsuit

Late last week, The Advocate reported three Bayou Bridge Pipeline protesters filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge challenging a Louisiana law aimed at protecting critical infrastructure, including pipelines, claiming that their First Amendment rights were violated. This is just the latest in a long string of protester antics and legal challenges to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline and Louisiana’s energy infrastructure. The fact is that while protesting the pipeline, activists broke the law and were arrested. A troubling norm has developed in which protesters decide to pick and choose what laws they want to follow. Despite… Read More

Opposition Antics Continue with Bayou Bridge

The Bayou Bridge Pipeline has been fully operational for more than three months – safely transporting crude oil 160 miles across the southern part of our state. In addition to helping meet the energy needs of Louisianians, the pipeline provides a strong economic boost with jobs and new streams of tax revenue. Despite the pipeline’s completion and safe operation, environmental activists continue to do whatever it takes to undermine the project. Opponents’ vigilante tactics did not succeed in stopping the project’s completion, so they’ve moved on to the courts. In the latest legal action, activist group Atchafalaya Basinkeeper has called… Read More

Louisiana’s LNG Industry Continuing to Make Great Strides

This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will convene a hearing on “the Important Role of U.S. LNG in Evolving Global Markets.” The Committee is right to shine a light on this growing industry as well as the role that the U.S. is increasingly playing in meeting the world’s energy needs with clean-burning natural gas, helping to lower emissions in the process. Much of that economic activity is occurring right here in Louisiana – thanks to recently completed LNG export projects like the Driftwood project in Calcasieu Parish and the Calcasieu Pass LNG project, as well… Read More

Louisiana industry boosting American LNG exports

Bloomberg recently reported ongoing trade negotiations may put the U.S. on track to become China’s largest liquefied natural gas supplier. This move could reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China by $17 billion annually. Additionally, this relationship bolsters American foreign policy and energy dominance around the globe – and Louisiana is playing an important role. The U.S. Energy Information Administration indicated in late May that Sempra Energy shipped its first cargo of LNG from its new facility in Cameron. This is the fourth such facility in the United States to enter service since 2016. The company has regulatory approval to… Read More

Louisianians for Energy Statement on “Death Alley” March

Earlier today, a group called the “Coalition Against Death Alley” began a march from Reserve, Louisiana to Baton Rouge to protest the petrochemical industry in the region. The organization alleges that emissions from the energy industry in Louisiana negatively impact the health of nearby residents. According to the group’s event page, “This march is also a small part of the growing movement to save the world from mining and use of fossil fuels.” Below is a statement that can be attributed to me, Randy Hayden, President of Louisianians for Energy: The wellbeing of Louisiana residents is of the utmost importance.… Read More

Louisianians for Energy Statement on President Trump’s LNG Facility Visit

Later today, President Donald Trump will visit Sempra Energy’s $10 billion Cameron Parish natural gas-export facility to highlight the importance of U.S. energy development and the role of energy exports in supporting thousands of jobs throughout the region. Louisiana leads the country in LNG exports and its capacity is expected to increase in coming years with the construction of several major export facilities – such as the proposed multibillion-dollar Shell and Energy Transfer joint-venture in Lake Charles. American energy dominance has been a cornerstone of President Trump’s policy agenda. Below is a statement that can be attributed to me, Randy… Read More

Louisianians for Energy President Randy Hayden Featured on WWL New Orleans

This past weekend, WWL New Orleans ran a segment on the completion and in service of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The segment featured an interview with Louisianians for President Randy Hayden and highlighted the importance and benefits of the project. Hayden notes that pipelines are the safest and most efficient method of transporting oil and gas products, as he tells WWL: We do pipelines better than just about anyone in the world. We’ve got great expertise. A tremendous track record for safety. Its economically viable. It’s the best, safest way to get oil from one place to the next. Hayden… Read More

Louisianians for Energy Statement on Bayou Bridge Pipeline Going into Service

Yesterday, Energy Transfer and Phillips 66 Partners announced that the second phase of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline is complete and will be ready for service April 1, 2019. The 163-mile, 24-inch pipeline will transport crude oil from Lake Charles to terminalling facilities outside St. James. The project will provide Louisiana’s refiners with safe, reliable access to North American crude oil. Below is a statement you can attribute to me, Randy Hayden – spokesman for Louisianians for Energy: “Louisianians for Energy commends Energy Transfer and Phillips 66 Partners on completing the Bayou Bridge Pipeline and investing in Louisiana’s future. After creating… Read More