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. Fortunately, our state’s energy industry continues to operate safely and efficiently each and every day. Regulatory oversight, from the federal level on down, certifies that petrochemical facilities and related operations meet or exceed the most stringent safety standards. Additionally, the continued development of new infrastructure projects, like the now-operational Bayou Bridge Pipeline, incorporate the latest industry-leading technologies to keep local communities safe and healthy.
It’s also essential to keep in mind the role that fossil fuels play in enabling our daily lives. From plastics in everyday consumer goods to the gasoline fuel in the very cars transporting protesters to this march, we will continue to rely on these resources for the foreseeable future. The industry is also a source of significant benefits for our state, generating investment, creating jobs, and powering businesses. It’s in everyone’s best interest, then, to work together to guarantee the safe operation of Louisiana’s energy industry.