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Shell's Latest GOM Deepwater Project Won't Be Built in the US

 Photo source: PR Newswire

Photo source: PR Newswire

Shell's latest deepwater project, Vito, will be approximately 150 miles southwest of New Orleans.  However, none of the construction of that project was awarded to Louisiana, or any other state, for that matter.  Shell has awarded the construction contract to a fabricator overseas.

Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine Ltd., is headquartered in Singapore.  As opposed to previous construction projects which were, at least, partially constructed by South Louisiana fabricators, this one will not be.

As a result of the decision to have this project done overseas, the Louisiana Legislature, during the recent regular session, issued the following proclamation:

"Senate of the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby memorialize Congress and the Louisiana delegation to the United States Congress to take such actions as necessary to encourage that the design and construction of the Vito development in the Gulf of Mexico occur in Louisiana."

Louisiana businesses should be rightfully upset that Shell has decided to turn their back to them in the construction of this platform.  The state's vital role in the oil and gas industry and the dependence on the state for fueling the nation should not be overlooked.

Posted on July 2, 2018 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

It’s Amazing What Happens When the Economy is Unshackled from Democrats

 Photo source: Rigzone

Photo source: Rigzone

Jerry Morales, the mayor of Midland, Texas, and a local restaurateur, is being whipsawed by the latest Permian Basin shale-oil boom.

It’s fueling the region and starving it at the same time. Sales-tax revenue is hitting a record high, allowing the city to get around to fixing busted roads. But the crazy-low 2.1 percent unemployment rate is a bear. As the proprietor of Mulberry Cafe and Gerardo’s Casita, Morales is working hard to retain cooks. As a Republican first elected in 2014, he oversees a government payroll 200 employees short of what it needs to fully function.

“This economy is on fire,” he said from a back table at the cafe the other day, watching as the lunchtime crowd lined up for the Asian Zing Salad and Big Mo’s Toaster hamburger

Read more:  Shale Country Dangles 100% Pay Raises as Labor Market Runs Dry

JBE and His Trial Lawyer Buddies At Work

 Photo source: Twitter

Photo source: Twitter

Don’t blame me. I voted for Vitter. 

Here is the latest in John Bel Edwards’ and his cronies scheme to milk the oil and gas industry for billions.  

But shakedowns aren't usually grounded in compelling evidence, and Louisiana appears to view liberal New York City and San Francisco as models to follow. A network of trial lawyers recently filed 42 lawsuits for six parishes alleging oil and gas companies are responsible for the state's coastal erosion and seeking damages.

Read more:  Louisiana Follows Liberal New York City's Lead In Going After Oil Companies

I Can't Wait Until This "Honorable" Clown is Out of Office

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Photo source: YouTube

If you work in the oil and gas industry and continue to support both JBE and the Democrat Party, then you need to have your head examined.  I give you the latest from the "Honorable One".  It wasn't enough to go after the oil and gas industry last year regarding coastal erosion.  He's now determined it's time to extort them even more.

The self righteous that couldn't bring themselves to vote for a true conservative in Vitter, congrats.  This crap is all your fault and when he's done in another year or two, this state will be poorer yet.

Honor Code my ass..............................


Read more: The Governor and Louisiana Lawyers Plot an Energy Shakedown

Congressman Higgins Applauds Expansion of Offshore Drilling

 Photo source:  Rep. Clay Higgins

Photo source: Rep. Clay Higgins

“We are working together with President Trump and his administration to deliver an energy policy that places American families and American industry first. Expanding offshore drilling access in the Gulf of Mexico means more jobs and economic growth for South Louisiana. I am committed to unleashing American energy potential and will continue to fight for Louisiana oil and gas jobs.”

Read more: Congressman Higgins Applauds Expansion of Offshore Drilling

Posted on January 11, 2018 and filed under Clay Higgins, Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

Paper: Filing lawsuits not a solution to coastal erosion

 Photo source: The Advocate

Photo source: The Advocate

Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states need to find constructive ways to mitigate the coastal erosion problems, but a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court indicates that filing lawsuits against the oil and gas industry may not be a viable way to solve this problem.

On Oct. 30, the Supreme Court refused to revive a Louisiana flood protection board’s lawsuit seeking to make oil, gas and pipeline companies pay for decades of damage to coastal wetlands.

The suit was filed by the Southwest Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. The suit claimed that the industry’s dredging of canals in coastal drilling areas contributed to the loss of wetlands that form a hurricane buffer for New Orleans.

Federal courts, however, blocked the suit. A federal district judge in New Orleans in 2015 ruled that federal and state law provided no avenue by which the board could bring the suit. Then the appeals court in New Orleans agreed with the lower court, which led to the Supreme Court ruling.

Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, had this response to the ruling: “It’s three strikes and you’re out! The SLFPA-E lawsuit was dismissed in a U.S. District Court, refused by a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and denied by the U.S. Supreme Court. These and similar frivolous lawsuits against oil and gas companies are destroying Louisiana’s competitiveness to attract future investment. We are thankful for the Supreme Court’s ruling and will continue to hold true to our convictions, fighting to ensure that the oil and gas industry remains a cornerstone of Louisiana’s culture.”

The oil and gas industry has been a bedrock part of the Louisiana economy for over a century, and has brought prosperity to many Louisiana families. Oil and gas production is also vital to the whole nation.

But Louisiana and other coastal states also need help with mitigating the coastal erosion problem, and since the U.S. Supreme Court has blocked this avenue of funding, it should be up to the federal government to live up its responsibility to provide the funding needed to restore the coastal parishes.

Source: The American Press

Posted on November 9, 2017 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

Port of Iberia Executive Director Speaks Up Regarding Oil and Gas Lawsuit

 Photo source: KATC

Photo source: KATC

Executive Director Craig Romero recently spoke up regarding the   lawsuit brought about by the 15th Judicial District Attorney in Louisiana. Romero had the following to say regarding the lawsuit being brought back to state court:

 “To suggest that we would sue the very people that is the heart and soul of Acadiana’s economy, you can’t sue your customers, it makes absolutely no sense, there’s no logic to it.” said Craig Romero.

Read more: Oil And Gas Lawsuit Moves Back To State Court; Port Of Iberia Director Speaks Out

Posted on September 30, 2017 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

Rep. Blake Miguez Calls Out "Honor Code" on Oil and Gas Lawsuits


Blake Miguez, state representative from Iberia and Vermilion Parishes, took to Facebook today to chide the Edwards' administration on legacy lawsuits. Miguez, speaking as a small business owner in the oil and gas industry, states how these suits will affect businesses within the industry.

 “This is a message to the Governor directly. We don’t need the lawyers suing them and closing their businesses. If you drive from our small oil and gas Company in New Iberia, and you drive to this facility here in Broussard, look at the billboard signs. 80% of those are trial attorneys; the other 20 percent is the casino. Where are small businesses’ signs? Where are oil and gas signs that say ‘I’m hiring’? They don’t exist because they can barely afford to pay the receptionists to answer the phone.,”  said state representative and small business owner Blake Miguez.

Read more here

Posted on May 19, 2017 and filed under Oil and Gas, Louisiana.

Scott Angelle and His New Job?

 Photo source: The Hayride 

Photo source: The Hayride 

It has come to the attention of Cajun Conservatism that the Trump administration is considering the appointment of Scott Angelle to the Dept. of Interior, either at the head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management or Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

This possible position has been reported on in the past several weeks on outlets such as Business Report and LAPolitics and has come with what seems to be the blessing of both Congressman Clay Higgins, who defeated Angelle in a highly contested 3rd Congressional District race this past fall to replace Charles Boustany, and Attorney General Jeff Landry.

This move will push Angelle out of the spotlight in Louisiana politics and into the swamp of DC. The only positive thing that can result from this decision is that Angelle can promote himself as a champion of oil and gas and an ally of the industry in either of these positions and Louisiana can move on without him.

In either case, we, in Louisiana, are better off.

And It's Only Beginning...................

 Photo source: Oilfield Guru

Photo source: Oilfield Guru

I recently received an email from an insider in the oil and gas industry here in Louisiana concerning a disturbing trend that I fear will be starting because of short-sighted and ill-advised politicians sucking like leeches on the industry with the threat of lawsuits for coastal erosion.  In the email, which appears below, machine work that is normally done here in our state is now being moved to Texas because of the political climate surrounding people like Governor "Honor Code" Edwards and his crony attorney friends.

Shell recently ordered 10 offshore busing assemblies from a Texas machine shop that used to be machined in Louisiana.  Each assembly is about $120,000.

BP contacted same shop for similar work last week saying that they (BP) have to move work that used to be done in Houma to Texas because of a new political environment facing energy companies working in Louisiana.

Good for Texas but bad for Louisiana.

This is already starting and we haven't even filed the first suit against any oil company yet.  What will happen when our "Governor" finally does file that lawsuit?  I can tell you what will happen.  You'll see the decimation of an industry vital to families and hard-working taxpayers in Louisiana.

If you vote Democrat and working in the oil and gas industry, you seriously need to have your head examined.

But, don't blame me.  I voted for Vitter.


Posted on October 12, 2016 and filed under Oil and Gas, John Bel Edwards, Louisiana.