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LAGOP: Edwards Skips Oil and Gas Event to Beg Socialist “Green New Deal” Supporters for Campaign Cash

Baton Rouge, LA – Today, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) and the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) will hold the first Southern Energy Conference in Lafayette. The event includes a gubernatorial candidate forum, for which the hosts issued an invitation to Governor John Bel Edwards to participate in May – nearly four months in advance.

The oil and gas industry is the largest employer in Louisiana, responsible for over 250,000 direct and indirect jobs and over $2 billion in yearly tax revenue.

But Edwards won’t be there to articulate his vision for the future of the industry that employs more people in Louisiana than any other – or to answer questions about his support for frivolous lawsuits against energy companies that benefit his trial lawyer cronies and kill Louisiana jobs.

Why? He’ll be in Atlanta raising campaign cash from supporters of far-left extremists like Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Warren has promised a moratorium on all new offshore leases and is a co-sponsor of the “Green New Deal” pushed by socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which would destroy Louisiana’s energy industry.

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Former Georgia Democratic Governor Roy Barnes, a host of the fundraiser, has donated to Warren, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and Hillary Clinton.

Another host, Keith Mason, gave $100,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund in 2016.

“Our economy runs on oil and gas,” explained LAGOP Executive Director Andrew Bautsch. “Green New Deal supporting socialists like John Bel Edwards and Elizabeth Warren are destroying Louisiana jobs!”

At least the people of Louisiana will know where their governor is and what he’s doing when he travels out of state this time. Edwards’ out-of-state trips are typically shrouded in secrecy, including as recently as yesterday when his office refused to tell reporters what he was up to in Houston.

This follows a pattern of Edwards refusing to answer questions and hiding basic information about trips to out-of-state locations including New York City, California, and the Kentucky Derby from the media and the public.

Posted on September 17, 2019 and filed under Oil and Gas, John Bel Edwards.

Grow Louisiana Coalition: Industry Partners to Build Artificial Reefs

Despite what the likes of John Bel Edwards and his lawyer cronies think of the oil and gas industry in our state, the industry does lots to support both our economy and the environment. For instance, they’ve partnered with a local group in installing reefs in places where platforms were once used in oil and gas production.

Shoutout to the unsung heroes of our state, the men and women who keep us powered. I’m proud to work in this industry that supports my family and thousands of other families throughout Louisiana.

Posted on September 10, 2019 and filed under Oil and Gas.

LOGPAC Endorses Luci Sposito for Lafourche Parish President

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Photo source: LOGA

BATON ROUGE, LA (August 19, 2019) - Today, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee (LOGPAC), the political of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, issued their endorsement of Luci Sposito in her bid for Lafouche Parish President.

“The oil and gas industry is vital to the health of our coastal communities,” said Gifford Briggs, Executive Director of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee. “Luci will be a champion for the oil and gas industry and fight to create an environment in which the industry can succeed as it once did. Mrs. Sposito has been a fantastic voice for our industry on the parish council and we look forward to her bringing that passion for oil and gas jobs and families to the role of Parish President.”

For more information about Mrs. Sposito and her race for Lafourche Parish President, visit her website at lucisposito.com.

About the Louisiana Oil And Gas Political Action Committee:

The Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee (LOGPAC) is the political arm of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association. LOGPAC exists due to businesses facing constant threats posed by litigation, over regulation, and excessive taxation. To protect against such threats, the oil and gas industry needs a large, efficient and unified representation to make their voices heard. LOGPAC looks to support candidates and legislators that celebrate Louisiana’s oil and gas industry. If you would like to learn about LOGPAC’s endorsements for the highly anticipated 2019 elections, be sure and visit GeauxElections.com.

Posted on August 19, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

LOGPAC Announces First Round of Endorsements for the 2019 Election Cycle

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BATON ROUGE, LA (July 18, 2019) - Today, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee (LOGPAC), the political action committee of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA), announced its first round of endorsements for incumbent legislators for the 2019 election cycle.  

“We are proud to back candidates that celebrate our state’s oil and gas industry and all that it brings to Louisiana,” said Gifford Briggs, Executive Director of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee. “These legislators have proven their unwavering support of the small and independent oil and gas producers of Louisiana. We are proud to show our sign of support by endorsing these defenders of the state’s most important economic driver.” 

For more information about the upcoming elections and a list of all the LOGPAC endorsed candidates please visit GeauxElections.com

LOGPAC is pleased to endorse the following: 

NORTHWEST REGION LEGISLATORS: 

  • Sen. Barrow Peacock from Bossier City representing Senate District 37

  • Rep. Alan Seabaugh from Shreveport representing House District 5 

  • Rep. Larry Bagley from Stonewall representing House District 7 

  • Rep. Raymond Crews from Bossier City representing House District 8 

  • Rep. Dodie Horton from Haughton representing House District 9 

  • Rep. Wayne McMahen from Minden representing House District 10 

  • Rep. Patrick Jefferson from Homer representing House District 11

NORTHEAST REGION LEGISLATORS: 

  • Sen. Jim Fannin from Jonesboro representing Senate District 35

  • Rep. Chris Turner from Ruston representing House District 12

  • Rep. Jack McFarland from Jonesboro representing House District 13

CENTRAL REGION LEGISLATORS:

  • Rep. Lance Harris from Alexandria representing House District 25

  • Rep. Mike Johnson from Pineville representing House District 27

SOUTHWEST REGION LEGISLATORS: 

  • Sen. Bob Hensgens from Abbeville representing Senate District 26

  • Sen. Ronnie Johns from Lake Charles representing Senate District 27 

  • Rep. Stephen Dwight from Lake Charles representing House District 35

  • Rep. Ryan Bourriaque from Abbeville representing House District 47

ACADIANA REGION LEGISLATORS:

  • Sen. Page Cortez from Lafayette representing Senate District 23 

  • Sen. Gerald Boudreaux from Lafayette representing Senate District 24

  • Rep. Julie Emerson from Carencro representing House District 39

  • Rep. Phillip DeVillier from Eunice representing House District 41

  • Rep. John Stefanski from Crowley representing House District 42

  • Rep. Stuart Bishop from Lafayette representing House District 43

  • Rep. Vincent Pierre from Lafayette representing House District 44

  • Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan from Lafayette representing House District 45

  • Rep. Blake Miguez from Erath representing House District 49 

HOUMA AREA LEGISLATORS: 

  • Sen. Bret Allain from Franklin representing Senate District 21

  • Rep. Beryl Adams Amedee from Houma representing House District 51

  • Rep. Jerome ‘Zee’ Zeringue from Houma representing House District 52

  • Rep. Tanner Magee from Houma representing House District 53

CAPITOL REGION LEGISLATORS: 

  • Sen. Ed Price  from Gonzales representing Senate District 2

  • Sen. Mack ‘Bodi’ White from Baton Rouge representing Senate District 6

  • Rep. Edmond Jordan from Baton Rouge representing House District 29

  • Rep. Tony Bacala from Prairieville representing House District 59

  • Rep. Valarie Hodges from Denham Springs representing House District 64

  • Rep. Barry Ivey from Baton Rouge representing House District 65 

  • Rep. Rick Edmonds from Baton Rouge representing House District 66

  • Rep. Paula Davis from Baton Rouge representing House District 69

  • Rep. Clay Schexnayder from Gonzales representing House District 81

NORTH SHORE REGION LEGISLATORS: 

  • Sen. Beth Mizell from Franklinton representing Senate District 12

  • Rep. Mark Wright from Covington representing House District 77

  • Rep. Mary DuBuisson from Slidell representing House District 90 

  • Rep. Sherman Mack from Albany representing House District 95

  • Rep. Paul Hollis from Covington representing House District 104

NEW ORLEANS REGION LEGISLATORS:

  • Sen. Sharon Hewitt from Slidell representing Senate District 1

  • Rep. Gregory Miller from Norco representing House District 56 

  • Rep. Polly Thomas from Metairie representing House District 80  

  • Rep. Jimmy Harris from New Orleans representing House District 99

  • Rep. Gary Carter from New Orleans representing House District 102

  • Rep. Ray Garofalo from Chalmette representing House District 103

  • Rep. Chris Leopold from Belle Chasse representing House District 105 

About the Louisiana Oil And Gas Political Action Committee: 

The Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee (LOGPAC) is the political arm of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association. LOGPAC exists due to businesses facing constant threats posed by litigation, over regulation, and excessive taxation. To protect against such threats, the oil and gas industry needs a large, efficient and unified representation to make their voices heard. LOGPAC looks to support candidates and legislators that celebrate Louisiana’s oil and gas industry.

Posted on July 18, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

LOGA Releases 2019 Elections Tracking Platform “www.GeauxElections.com”

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BATON ROUGE, LA (July 16, 2019) — Today, the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA) released its new elections website, GeauxElections.com. LOGA created www.geauxelections.com to inform Louisianians about the candidates seeking election this fall.

“This fall this state will witness a sea change in the legislature due to term limits. Louisiana and its hard working families can’t afford to be uninformed about this election cycle,” said Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association. “Our new website will allow anyone to access the site and see who is running in their parish, along with which pro-business industry group has given their endorsement. This election day, October 12th, is a crucial day in Louisiana and will determine the trajectory of our state.”

LOGA is pleased to provide this free platform, GeauxElections.com, to the public, which provides helpful contact information for the candidates seeking office on October 12th. The platform currently tracks all House and Senate races by parish and legislative district and publishes campaign websites, email addresses, phone numbers, Facebook pages, Twitter handles, and Instagram accounts. GeauxElections.com also tracks state-wide races, such as the Governor and the Attorney General’s Office. Voters are encouraged to bookmark GeauElections.com on their phone or computer for ease of use during the elections.

About The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association was organized in 1992 to represent the Independent and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana; this representation includes exploration, production and oilfield services. LOGA’s primary goal is to provide our industry with a working environment that will enhance the industry. LOGA services its membership by creating incentives for Louisiana’s oil & gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing burdensome regulations, and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas industry in the state of Louisiana. Find out more information at: http://www.loga.la

Posted on July 16, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

Oil Workers Evacuate GOM Rigs as Storm Strengthens

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Photo source: Rigzone

The storm’s forecast track means it will have more time over warm Gulf waters that will fuel its strength, said Jim Rouiller, chief meteorologist at the Energy Weather Group in Philadelphia.

In addition to wind, the system is expected to swamp coastal areas of Louisiana with a life-threatening storm surge. Cotton, orange juice and sugar all rose on fears that the storm will disrupt supply.

Read more: Oil Workers Evacuate GOM Rigs as Storm Strengthens

Posted on July 12, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

The Roses and Thorns of the 2019 Session

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By: Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association


The 2019 legislative session has finally come to a close. For those that thought this would be a quick and uncontentious two-month session for lawmakers, boy were they wrong. This session, even without another budget crisis, did not run short on its list of roses or thorns.


There were a handful of bills that passed this session that enhanced the environment for the oil and gas sector. The oil and gas industry will be able to participate in carbon dioxide sequestration, thanks to Rep. Raymond Crews filing House Bill (HB) 163. This bill allows the Office of Conservation and the Commissioner to promulgate rules to permit carbon sequestration. This bill, now law, was a collaboration between industry, regulators, and lawmakers to provide another environmentally friendly way to deal with excess carbon while producing energy.


Additionally, LOGA worked hand in hand with Rep. Blake Miguez to provide some clarification to the tax code. Due to a “unique” interpretation of Louisiana tax codes, oil companies in three parishes have recently been assessed a property tax on goods that was previously not taxed. Thankfully, this measure passed and on the October ballot will be a constitutional amendment to provide for a property tax exemption for goods bound for the Outer Continental Shelf, providing needed clarity for Louisiana’s offshore operators.


Louisiana will also experience one of the largest infrastructure investments in decades. Thanks to the teamwork of Rep. Tanner Magee, Sen. Rick Ward, and a coalition of pro-industry and business groups, Louisiana is set to receive nearly a $700 million investment for transportation projects. The best part about this investment is we, the taxpayers, are not on the hook for the tab. Instead of using taxpayer dollars, HB 572 directs BP Deepwater settlement dollars to these infrastructure projects, like the LA1 Improvement Project that connects to Port Fourchon.


However, it was not all cheers this session. There were two bills that received approval from the House but failed to receive approval from the Senate Finance Committee. These bills, HB 188 and HB 256, looked to provide a severance tax exemption for stripper and incapable wells when the price of oil was under $75. We thank Rep. Jim Morris for his help with these bills and for his support of the oil and gas industry as he now completes his tenure as a Louisiana state representative. 


Louisiana missed a huge opportunity to begin the process of cleaning up our legal system and to lower our auto insurance rates. The missed opportunity came in the defeat of HB 372, the Omnibus Premium Reduction Act of 2019 by Rep. Kirk Talbot. This piece of legislation looked to tackle our outrageous auto insurance rates by instituting common sense legal reforms. The legislation received overwhelming support in the House but would make it no further than the Senate Judiciary A committee, the “King’s Landing” of the Senate… where all tort reform measures are scorched.


Now that session has ended, we can take the time to reflect on what’s next. Louisiana ranks 50th in best states to do business and 50th in best states in the nation; those numbers are dismal. We have some of the highest auto insurance, sales tax and severance tax rates and unfortunately the oil and gas industry is all too familiar with the impact that unnecessary Legacy and Coastal lawsuits have had on our industry. It is clear that Louisiana is in need of a change in direction and in our great democracy there is no better way to make that change than by having your voice heard in the voting booth. Elections are right around the corner, now is the time to engage.

Posted on June 25, 2019 and filed under Oil and Gas, Louisiana.

LANDRY: Statement in Response to Judge Feldman’s Decision to Stay Coastal Permit Lawsuit Pending Defendant’s Appeal to the Fifth Circuit

New Orleans, La. (June 11, 2019) – U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman issued a ruling today granting a stay in one coastal permit lawsuit pending an appeal to the Fifth Circuit. Following the decision, Melissa Landry, a spokesperson representing several major oil and natural gas companies named as defendants in the suits, released the following statement:

“We applaud Judge Feldman’s decision to stay this case,” said Landry on behalf of Chevron, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil.

“Given the large number of similar lawsuits that are also being considered, this brief stay pending appeal will help avoid simultaneous litigation being considered before multiple courts at the state and federal levels.

“This ruling also serves the interests of judicial efficiency by allowing the Fifth Circuit to address the important question of where this case should be litigated, before the case proceeds further.

“We are very pleased with this commonsense ruling, and we look forward to presenting our appeal to the Fifth Circuit.

“As we have consistently maintained from the beginning, these trial lawyer driven permit lawsuits challenge decades of federally authorized operations, which were carried out according to federal laws and regulations, and the cases should be heard in federal court.” 

Posted on June 12, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

LOGA and LMOGA Issue Statement On Judge’s Remand To State Court

BATON ROUGE, LA (May 28, 2019) — The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) and the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) issued the following statement in response to the remand motion issued today from the Eastern District of Louisiana.

“The ruling by Judge Feldman is the next step in legal proceedings that will continue for the foreseeable future,” said Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association. “The ruling clears the way for the appeal to the Fifth Circuit, and further supports industry’s calls for the lawsuits to be heard in Federal Court. The coastal lawsuits are putting the interests of the plaintiff lawyers over the people of Louisiana, hindering effort and resources that would actually benefit the coastline, economy, and citizens of this state.”

“Today’s ruling is another procedural step in the judicial process, which unfortunately takes time and resources away from what could be collaborative efforts working towards real solutions for our coast,” said Tyler Gray, President and General Counsel of the Louisiana Mid Continent Oil & Gas Association. “As we’ve learned from the Levee Board lawsuit and many years of litigation involving this case, the solutions to securing our coast will not be found in the courtroom. Louisiana oil and natural gas companies recognize our working coast is an invaluable cultural, economic and environmental asset. For decades our member companies have voluntarily invested millions of dollars in restoration and hurricane protection projects and spent countless hours advocating for major federal funding opportunities like GOMESA to help make our coastal communities safer and stronger. Rather than pursuing flawed and divisive legal attacks against many of our top job creators, state and local leaders should be focused on working with our industry and our Congressional delegation to ensure that Washington continues to invest in and support Louisiana’s working coast.”

About The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association was organized in 1992 to represent the independent and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana; this representation includes exploration, production, and oilfield services. LOGA’s primary goal is to provide our industry with a working environment that will enhance the industry. LOGA services its membership by creating incentives for Louisiana’s oil & gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing burdensome regulations, and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas industry in the state of Louisiana. Find out more information at: http://www.loga.la

About The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association

Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, founded in 1923, is a trade association exclusively representing all sectors of the oil and gas industry operating in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. LMOGA serves exploration and production, refining, transportation, marketing and mid-stream companies as well as other firms in the fields of law, engineering, environment, financing and government relations. LMOGA’s mission is to promote and represent the oil and gas industry operating in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico by extending representation of our members in the Louisiana Legislature, state and federal regulatory agencies, the Louisiana congressional delegation, the media and the general public. Find out more information at: http://www.lmoga.com

Posted on May 31, 2019 and filed under Oil and Gas, Louisiana.

LANDRY: Statement in Response to Judge Feldman’s Ruling in Coastal Permit Lawsuits

New Orleans, La. (May 29, 2019)

Following the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman regarding removal actions in the coastal permit lawsuits targeting Louisiana’s energy industry, Melissa Landry, a spokesperson for the legal teams representing several major oil and natural gas companies named as defendants in the suits, released the following statement:

“Judge Feldman's ruling addressed the complex framework of federal laws at issue in this case and he found that there could be substantial grounds for a difference of opinions in deciding these important questions,” said Landry on behalf of the legal team representing ChevronConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil.

“We appreciate Judge Feldman’s decision to grant our motion for interlocutory appeal the issues analyzed in his ruling and we look forward to presenting our positions to the Fifth Circuit. As we’ve asserted from the beginning, these cases belong in federal court.

"The energy industry has lawfully operated in Louisiana for decades, employing thousands of Louisianans and contributing substantially to national, state and local economies. For decades, oil and gas operations have been carried out under federal supervision, and in compliance with federal laws and regulations, enacted to permit the responsible use and development of Louisiana's coastal resources while protecting the environment.

”Many of the activities at issue in this case were governed by federal permits and most of the operations took place long before the state implemented coastal management laws. The plaintiffs’ own experts acknowledged these facts.”

Posted on May 30, 2019 and filed under Oil and Gas, Louisiana.

LOGA Responds to President Trump Celebration of Louisiana’s Energy Producers

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BATON ROUGE, LA (April 14, 2019) — The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association applauds President Donald Trump’s actions to unleash an American energy revolution on American soil.  

“It’s refreshing to hear an administration celebrate the oil and gas industry and see their continued push for American energy dominance,” said Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association. “The oil and gas industry has been an economic powerhouse for our country, our state, and our local communities. It is long past time Louisiana moves on from the job and investment stifling litigations and taxation policy, and unleash the true potential of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry. We thank President Trump for his visit and look forward to working alongside his administration to unleash the true potential of the American energy producer.”  

About The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association was organized in 1992 to represent the independent and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana; this representation includes exploration, production, and oilfield services. LOGA’s primary goal is to provide our industry with a working environment that will enhance the industry. LOGA services its membership by creating incentives for Louisiana’s oil & gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing burdensome regulations, and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas industry in the state of Louisiana. Find out more information at: http://www.loga.la

Posted on May 14, 2019 and filed under Oil and Gas, Donald Trump, Louisiana.

President Trump Arrives in Lake Charles

The President recently touched down in Lake Charles to start his tour of a Cameron LNG plant. Several members from Louisiana’s delegation in DC arrived on Air Force One with the President and several from the state delegation were there to greet him.

Posted on May 14, 2019 and filed under Oil and Gas, Louisiana, Donald Trump.

If We Only Had a Governor Committed to Oil and Gas

At least we have a President who’s committed to one of the greatest industries in the state of Louisiana. The following was announced today regarding President Trump visiting the Bayou State.  

According to Senator Bill Cassidy, President Trump will be touring the Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG Export Facility on May 14, 2019.

“I thank President Trump for his commitment to unleashing American energy and supporting Louisiana energy workers,” said Cassidy. “Under Republicans’ watch, we’ve seen new investment in projects from the wellhead to the export facility—bringing billions to our state and creating good-paying jobs for Louisiana workers.”

Too bad we have a governor that has done everything he could to break the back of oil and gas in this state with his trial attorney cronies.

Read more: President Trump to visit natural gas facility in Cameron Parish next week

Oil and Gas is Still an Important Economy in Louisiana, No Matter What “Honor Code” Thinks

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While “Honor Code” Edwards and his trial lawyer cronies are bent on crippling one of the greatest economies that this state has ever had, oil and gas still proves to be a bountiful source of revenue for Louisiana.

WASHINGTON — Louisiana will get nearly $95 million for coastal protection and restoration efforts in the latest round of payments from the federal government’s Gulf energy royalties.

State officials quickly hailed the announcement of the latest round of Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act funding as a win for the state’s conservation and hurricane protection efforts.

Read more: Louisiana gets nearly $95 million for coastal restoration from federal oil revenue-sharing pact

Posted on May 1, 2019 and filed under John Bel Edwards, Louisiana, Oil and Gas.

LAGOP: John Bel Edwards Has Failed Louisiana's Oil and Gas Industry

(Baton Rouge, LA) – Today, as we observe Oil & Gas Day in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards continues his assault on Louisiana’s lifeblood, the oil and gas industry, thereby jeopardizing the economic security of hundreds of thousands of workers and their families.


Since taking office Edwards has bombarded the oil and gas companies with lawsuits, regulations, and higher taxes, and the sad results clearly show in Louisiana’s diminished importance in the nation’s energy economy.
To illustrate the damage that John Bel Edwards has caused, read below:

  • He has actively encouraged lawsuits against the oil and gas industry in parishes across the state, which is unsurprising since the trial lawyer lobby spent over $2.6 million electing him.

  • The Wall Street Journal:“Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was elected in 2015 with substantial support from trial lawyers, and he’s now repaying them in kind. The former minority leader of the state’s House of Representatives is effectively extorting oil and gas companies to backfill the budget while engineering what could be a handsome payday for his friends at a politically connected law firm.” (March 2018)

  • His changes to Louisiana’s highly successful, eighty plus year old Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) have burdened energy companies by creating uncertainty in the cost of future investment in the state. ExxonMobil has taken the extraordinary step of publicly stating that they will no longer factor the program into their decision-making.

  • ExxonMobil:“Due to the uncertainty, we will have to assume there is no ITEP incentive as we make cost projections on future investment opportunities in Louisiana.” (January 2019)

  • In 2018 alone, Louisiana under John Bel Edwards lost 1,100 jobs in the sector that includes the oil and gas industry, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Under John Bel Edwards, Louisiana has raised taxes and fees at a higher rate than any other state in the country, further weakening the business climate for the state’s oil and gas industry.

  • Former Democratic Congressman Chris John:“It is the engine that drives our economy… A governor who would not recognize that, I think, is doing a disservice to Louisiana.” (July 2018)

With more than 260,000 employees across the state and an average annual wage of more than $96,500 (almost double the state’s average wage), and a contribution of more than $2 billion in annual state taxes, it is clear that the energy industry is critical to Louisiana’s employment, state budget and overall economic success.

“Our state deserves a governor who will work to build up our economy, not tear it down. Governor Edwards continues to show that he is willing to put Louisiana’s economic health and working families at risk to boost his trial lawyer backers,” commented LAGOP Chairman Executive Director Andrew Bautsch

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LAGOP: JOHN BEL EDWARDS CHOOSES CAMPAIGN CASH OVER SENIOR CARE

(Dallas, TX) – After funneling over $40,000 into John Bel Edwards’ campaign pockets, Senior Care Center Management LCC has filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court. Senior Care Center Management operates senior care, assisted living and hospice facilities in Texas and Louisiana.
 
Many of their Louisiana facilities have been trusted to treat some of our most vulnerable populations and rely on Medicaid to reimburse their facilities and cover the cost of care. After expanding the Medicaid program in 2016, Governor Edwards is now trying to dedicate an additional $1 billion from our state budget to cover the growing cost of Medicaid here in Louisiana.
 
Unfortunately, while running up hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and refusing to PAY RENT at their facilities, the team at Senior Care Management was busy working with Governor Edwards’ campaign to funnel over $40,000 into their campaign account through eight of its corporate subsidiaries.
 
April 2015 – Spring Lake SCC LLC, Shreveport SCC LLC, Normandie SCC LLC, Ruston SCC LLC, Colonial SCC LLC, Bradford SCC LLC, Booker SCC LLC, and Bossier SCC LLC are all registered with the Texas Secretary of State.

These EIGHT entities all share:

  • The same registered agent, Amarillo Corporate Services, LLC

  • The same address, 600 N Pearl St, Suite 1100, Dallas, TX

  • The same roster of officers, with Andrew Kerr, listed as President & CEO, John Heller as Vice President, and Alan Boerner, Alan Munday, and Scott Rickard as Directors. Kerr is also listed in a press release as Chief Financial Operator at the time.


November 2015 – Spring Lake SCC LLC, Shreveport SCC LLC, Normandie SCC LLC, Ruston SCC LLC, Colonial SCC LLC, Bradford SCC LLC, Booker SCC LLC, and Bossier SCC LLC all donate $2,500 contributions to Edwards’ campaign for governor. (See Below)
 
January 2016 – Edwards expands Medicaid in Louisiana.
 
March 2016 – Spring Lake SCC LLC, Shreveport SCC LLC, Normandie SCC LLC, Ruston SCC LLC, Colonial SCC LLC, Bradford SCC LLC, Booker SCC LLC, and Bossier SCC LLC all donate $2,500 each to Edwards’ re-election. (See Below)
 
November 2016 – Senior Care Center Management LLC donates $4,000 to Edwards’ re-election. (See Below)
  
These entities, all of whom have the same registered agent, officers, and location, have donated a total of $44,000 to Edwards.

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Posted on April 24, 2019 and filed under Louisiana, Oil and Gas, John Bel Edwards.

LOGA Names Heavyweight Champions of the Oil And Gas Industry

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BATON ROUGE, LA (April 23, 2019) — At the 2019 Louisiana Oil and Gas Association’s Annual Meeting, President Gifford Briggs, on behalf of the entire association, honored Sen. Norby Chabert, Speaker Taylor Barras, Rep. Neil Abramson, and Rep. Jim Morris as LOGA Heavyweight Champions for their support of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry.

“We are very proud to honor these legislators for their commitment to the industry and willingness to stand up to fight and protect it,” said Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. “Time and time again, these men have taken to the mic, passed legislation, and stood for common sense solutions on a multitude of issues. I am proud to have worked so closely with these legislators and proud of the work we have been able to accomplish for the companies, families, and communities that fuel our economy. ”

Remarks from Gifford Briggs at the awards ceremony:

Senator Norby Chabert

With a family history of public service, Sen. Chabert was elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 2009 to represent the constituents of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. Serving as the Chair- man of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Chabert consistently advocated for a ro- bust oil and gas industry in south Louisiana. Sen. Chabert has proven himself to be a fighter for the oil and gas industry, being the first on the senate floor to stand up against onerous taxes and regulations that would hurt the families who rely on oil and gas jobs and opportunities in his community.

Speaker Taylor Barras

In 2007, Rep. Taylor Barras was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in District 48, which is made up of portions of Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin parishes. In 2016, he was cho- sen by his colleagues as Speaker of the House. Representing the Acadiana area, Speaker Barras has fought for policies and legislation that would be conducive for a dominant oil and gas indus- try in Louisiana.

Rep. Neil Abramson

A college athlete, a fiscal conservative, and a New Orleans Democrat, Representative Neil Abramson was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2007 to serve the people of Orleans Parish. Serving as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he has fought for sensible solutions to Louisiana’s fiscal problems. Rep. Abramson understands the val- ue of a working Louisiana, and especially a roaring oil and gas industry.

Rep. Jim Morris

Rep. Jim Morris was elected to serve the people of Bossier and Caddo parishes in 2007. Making his living as an oil and gas producer, Rep. Morris serves on the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, and there he has shown unwavering support for small oil and gas pro- ducers in North Louisiana.

The LOGA Heavyweight Champion’s belt goes to individuals, groups, or companies who have significantly contributed to the betterment of Louisiana and the oil and gas industry. The cham- pion’s belt represents the fighting spirit of the hard working men and women of the industry.

About The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association was organized in 1992 to represent the Independent and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana; this representation includes exploration, production and oilfield services. LOGA’s primary goal is to provide our industry with a working environment that will enhance the industry. LOGA services its membership by creating incen- tives for Louisiana’s oil & gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing burdensome regulations, and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas indus- try in the state of Louisiana. Find out more information at: www.LOGA.la

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Posted on April 23, 2019 and filed under Oil and Gas, Louisiana.

Taxing Citizens and Businesses and Suing Oil and Gas Isn’t the Best Idea After All

With election season in full swing and “Honor Code” looking for re-election to the Governor’s seat, you’ll be hearing all kind of spin about how his liberal policies have made Louisiana better. However, suing one of the largest industry in the state and massive taxation in Louisiana doesn’t nearly work out as well as it seems.

The drop caused Louisiana to end March with 1,981,100 jobs, according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

Construction fell by 6.3%, or 9,600, over the past 12 months to 143,400 jobs. Information was down by 2,200 jobs, or 9%, to 22,200. Mining and logging, which includes oil and gas jobs, fell by 1,100 jobs, or 3.1%, to end at 34,400. Professional and business services was down by 0.7%, or 1,500, to 211,300. Trade, transportation and utilities was down by 0.2%, or 800 jobs, to 378,700.

If You Work in the Oil and Gas Industry and Vote Democrat, Read This

Photo source: Fox News

Photo source: Fox News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a recent campaign op-ed, stated that she would place a moratorium on domestic fossil fuel leases if elected President:

“We must not allow corporations to pillage our public lands and leave taxpayers to clean up the mess,” Warren wrote in a Medium post. “All of us—local communities and tribes, hunters and anglers, ranchers and weekend backpackers—must work together to manage and protect our shared heritage.”

Read more: Elizabeth Warren: I Will Halt All Oil, Gas Drilling on Public Lands, Offshore on Day One of Presidency

Posted on April 17, 2019 and filed under Oil and Gas, Democrats.