New Orleans, LA (September 17, 2020) – Louisiana’s leading trade associations took legal action this week to help protect workers in the state’s energy sector who risk losing their livelihoods due to predatory coastal lawsuits. The associations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, supporting the defendants’ appeal to keep these lawsuits – which dispute decades of federally authorized oil and gas operations – in federal court. Signatories of the amicus include the organizations that represent the state’s largest employers, including the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA), the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) and the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA).
The Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee (LOGPAC), the political arm of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, issued their endorsement of District Attorney Bo Duhé in the race for District Attorney in the 16th Judicial District Court.
The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association today announced that Gifford Briggs, who has been with the association since 2007, will depart on September 11. Mike Moncla has been named as Interim President. The Association will continue its advocacy efforts on behalf of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry uninterrupted.
The race for District Attorney in Vermilion is so crucial. Three parishes in the heart of Louisiana's oil and gas industry have a chance to send a message that the people are tired of Louisiana's sue-first approach to everything. The people of Vermilion Parish have already been represented by someone who doesn't stand for their interests, and now have an opportunity to right that wrong. But first, they deserve to know: where the candidates for District Attorney stand on the issue of coastal lawsuits?
Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) and Lori Leblanc, Interim President of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) issued s joint statement objecting to today's order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee (LOGPAC), the political arm of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, endorsed Judge Jay McCallum in the race for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in the 4th Supreme Court District.
Given the current economic situation and the economic and environmental benefit to our citizens, we urge you to take such actions as are necessary to support using stimulus money for plugging orphan wells.
With more and more of our people out of work, why should citizens continue to bear the cost of toxic legal abuse? While we work to rebuild our shattered economy and help reopen the businesses that are the backbone of our economy, why should we keep funding the trial lawyers extravagant helipads, billboards, and commercials? It's time that we quit footing the bill for them. Enough is enough.
“Joseph’s understanding of the complex economy of south Louisiana, his experience in industry and public service, and his vision for the oil and gas industry make him a strong candidate to lead District 54,” LOGPAC Director Gifford Briggs said.
The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA) and the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) today issued the following statements applauding the advancement of Senate Concurrent Resolution 7:
“We applaud Senators Bret Allain, Mike Fesi, Bob Hensgens, and Sharon Hewitt for their bold leadership in opposing SB 490. This bill would have diverted funds away from Louisiana coastal restoration, incentivized more frivolous litigation targeting the energy industry, and allowed for the wholesale out-sourcing of state coastal policy and regulatory enforcement authority to private attorneys at the expense of Louisiana’s integrated coastal resources program.”
The Advocate published an article rife with misleading or outright false information regarding the coastal lawsuits and SB 359.
21 parish, regional and state organizations sent a letter of support for SB 359, authored by Sen. Bob Hensgens (R-Abbeville), to the Senate Natural Resources Committee. The bill, which is scheduled to be considered during Thursday’s committee hearing, keeps the state’s focus on enforcing state permits and ensures that 100% of any funds recovered under the enforcement guidelines of Louisiana’s State and Local Coastal Resources Management Act (SLCRMA) are spent directly on coastal restoration and hurricane protection, as the Louisiana Legislature originally intended.
“Our members have indicated they’ve already been forced to lay off 23% of their workforce and the large majority are now taking steps to shut-in production,” Louisiana Oil & Gas Association President Gifford Briggs said. “We feared these outcomes would take place by mid-to-late May, but the crushing weight of the crisis is taking hold much quicker than expected. Without a doubt, we need federal and state policymakers to take immediate action to help mitigate further losses from these extreme market conditions.”
On Monday, West Texas Intermediate futures (WTI) traded below $11 a barrel for the first time since 1986, reaching as low as $10.63 early Monday morning, indicating a drop in price of over 80% since the beginning of the year. WTI has not traded in single digits since December of 1973. However, when adjusted for inflation, this is the lowest price that oil has traded in U.S. history.
Today, Senate President Page Cortez and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder announced the creation of a private-sector task force to advise the Louisiana Legislature on the reopening of the state’s economy in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Task Force will consist of representatives from a wide range of business sectors in Louisiana, including oil and gas, agriculture, manufacturing, automotive, banking, hospitality, food and beverage, trucking, construction, and medical, to name a few...
“Our industry is on the verge of collapsing. This is a time for bold, decisive action, not small steps in the right direction. With tens of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue at risk, it is essential for policymakers at all levels of government to implement aggressive and immediate solutions to offset the expectation of prolonged shut-in wells, a massively oversupplied world oil market and the global shutdown of our economy.”
The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 and the oil glut generated by the Saudis and Russians have created a perfect storm, undermining any chance of a rapid recovery for the American energy sector. But a new survey conducted by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) reveals the back-to-back knock out punches could prove to be potentially fatal for many independent energy producers and service companies and the thousands of workers they employ across the state.
Please find attached an updated borrower application form for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program. All of the PPP docs can be accessed through the following link: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses.
We want to make sure you knew first that the Department of Energy is going to immediately make 30 million barrels of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve's oil storage capacity available to U.S. oil producers. Their full release is below. As the situation develops, we will keep you informed.
My office is in receipt of your letter dated March 25, 2020 requesting certain concessions on behalf of the Oil and Gas Industry that your organizations represent. The Office of Conservation readily recognizes and shares your concerns for the industry, particularly those smaller operators whose financial safety margin has been long eroded by suppressed market prices. It is because of these concerns that Conservation is already taking the steps it can within the law in an attempt to ease the burden on operators while maintaining our duty as regulators to ensure responsible operations. While Conservation has already begun to grant leniencies and extensions to operators on a case by case basis as requested, allow me to more specifically address the general concerns you raised in your letter.
A severe downturn in oil prices, triggered by back-to-back knock out punches for our already struggling oil and natural gas industry, is threatening every oil and gas producer and supporting service company in the state. In an effort to begin assessing the severity of the economic impact, we conducted the first in a series of “point-in-time” surveys of our membership last week. The results were sobering.
The Governor has announced Shelter in Place protocols. While it is critical that we do our part to flatten the curve, activities that are necessary for the production of oil or natural gas are considered essential services.
“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Under the direction of the President, DOE will fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to its maximum capacity by purchasing 77 million barrels of American-made crude oil. Later this morning, DOE will announce a solicitation for the purchase of an initial 30 million barrels to begin filling the SPR. Solicitations for additional purchases will follow.
For the first time in nearly two decades, oil is trading below $21 per barrel. While the country is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, the oil and gas industry is facing the additional challenge of plummeting energy prices. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) traded as low as $20.80/BBL yesterday.
The Roaring 20’s were a time of unprecedented economic prosperity in America. A century has since passed. Can Louisiana and its oil and gas industry experience roaring economic prosperity once more?Let’s take a look. One hundred years later...
LOGA's team of governmental affairs and digital engagement specialists are developing a powerful tool to enable pro-industry supporters to follow along and engage with session: The LOGA Legislation Tracker.
Cybersecurity, site security, and transport security should be maintained at a heightened level of threat awareness.
“The Haynesville formation is home to many of Louisiana’s independent and private oil and gas companies and the center of almost all drilling activity for the state," said Gifford Briggs President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association. "The abundance of natural gas in Haynesville has made the Bayou state a key player in the United States’ quest for energy dominance and independence. We are proud to do our part in creating jobs, generating vital revenues for local communities, and making Louisiana a better place for generations to come.”
John Bel Edwards has encouraged lawsuits that have cost jobs.
We should not allow a small group of unelected trial lawyers with unbridled discretion to rewrite flood protection, coastal restoration and economic policy for the entire state of Louisiana through secret agreements that have been negotiated behind closed doors without input from state and local officials. StrengtheningLouisiana's working coast is a shared goal that requires collaboration amongst industry, policymakers, and world-class coastal researchers to develop real serious, science-based solutions. Trial lawyer-driven lawsuits and behind the scenes settlement schemes are not the answer.
Eddie Rispone is a proven job creator, a strong fiscal conservative, and a valiant supporter of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry.
At the State of the Industry presentation in New Orleans, a group calling themselves the Bucket Brigade attempted to derail the luncheon and change the narrative of the issues facing our state and industry. While they were loud they were ineffective, and after a few minutes of disruption, the police escorted them out.
Today, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association’s political action committee, LOGPAC, endorsed Ralph Abraham for Governor and made further endorsements for statewide office.
"Rather than supporting these trial lawyer-invented permit lawsuits, state and local officials should be working with industry to support oil and gas production, which will create much-needed jobs and generate even more funding for our coast.”
It is our duty to hold those asking for our vote accountable for the well-being of our hardworking citizens that make up Louisiana’s economy. All you have to do is take the time to ask them about their position on specific policy solutions. Ask them: What’s your plan to resurrect Louisiana’s energy industry? How will you work to bring jobs and investments back to South Louisiana? Louisiana workers and families want to thrive along with the rest of the nation, instead of looking for work in Texas. Join us in talking to candidates and demand a plan. Together, you and I – along with thousands of our friends and neighbors across the state – can break the broken status quo and bring jobs and opportunity to Louisiana.
Qualifying has closed and now the campaigning really begins in Louisiana. Congratulations to those candidates who qualified to the House of Representatives and the state Senate without opposition. We look forward to working with you to ensure a robust oil and gas industry in Louisiana.
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.
"For years, politicians told Americans that a strong economy and a vibrant energy sector were incompatible with a healthy environment. And that's wrong because we're proving the exact opposite. A strong economy is vital to maintaining a healthy environment. When we innovate, produce, and grow, we're able to unleash technologies and processes that make the environment better," President Trump said during a nationally televised speech in July 2919.
Today, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee (LOGPAC), the political action arm of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, made its first round of endorsements for incumbent legislators for the 2019 election cycle.
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.
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
A coalition of civic and business organizations today announced their joint endorsement of incumbent District 35 Senator Jim Fannin (R-Jonesboro) for his reelection campaign.
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.
LOGA and LMOGA launch Southern Energy Conference Baton Rouge, LA – May 28, 2019 – The inaugural Southern Energy Conference will take place September 17th and 18th, 2019, in Lafayette at the DoubleTree by Hilton, presented jointly by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association and the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association.
BIG VICTORY FOR PRODUCERS IN LOUISIANA SEVERANCE TAX DISPUTE!! The Louisiana Department of Revenue DID NOT FILE an application for writs of review with the Louisiana Supreme Court in the Avanti Exploration case within the appropriate delays, and therefore the Court of Appeal decision in the Avanti case is FINAL and NO LONGER SUBJECT TO REVIEW.
The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association applauds President Donald Trump’s actions to unleash an American energy revolution on American soil.
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.
The court rejected the Department’s position that the differential in the pricing formula was an improper transportation cost or other deduction and found that it was an element of the pricing formula in the crude oil purchase agreement. This was in response to the Department’s argument that Avanti and the purchasers conspired to manipulate Avanti’s severance tax liability by taking a producer’s transportation deduction and hiding it in the pricing formula. The court found that the contracts called for the delivery of the oil in the field at the lease and Avanti took no transportation cost deduction.
Louisiana State Sen. Sharon Hewitt (R-Slidell)—asked subcommittee members to consider positive economic impacts the oil and gas industry has had in that state which also supports thriving tourism and recreation businesses. “In my opinion, coastal communities do not need to be protected from offshore drilling, but instead should partner with offshore operators to identify synergies for the mutual benefit of all of our citizens,” she said.
“It is unfortunate to see the City of New Orleans bow to the administration’s pressure for more self-serving lawsuits,” said Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association. “These lawsuits are nothing more than a trial lawyer’s version of Hadacol; they promise snake oil to heal all your ailments, but do nothing other than line the peddlers’ pockets. Ever since the first parish lawsuit was filed, the lawyers have promised a pot of gold to every local government across coastal Louisiana. Seven years later nothing has happened to protect Louisiana’s coast. There is no reason why Louisiana should be outsourcing the protection of its coast to a few lawyers whose only interest is in padding their bank accounts. It is long past time that the litigation is put on the back burner and state government take back the responsibility it is granted in the Coastal Zone Program.”
“The oil and gas industry has a longstanding commitment to the people of Terrebonne Parish— providing jobs and vital revenue for the working families of the parish,” said Gifford Briggs, President of LOGA. “This questionable approach to litigation is an obvious attempt by the Administration to navigate around local leaders to push the administration’s sue-first agenda. We applaud Parish President Gordy Dove for his ongoing commitment to collaboration and working with our industry to develop common sense solutions. The energy industry will continue the tradition of working alongside local leaders in Terrebonne and communities across the state in support of coastal restoration, wetland protection and the sustainable development of Louisiana’s natural resources.”
Ready or not, Louisiana is in full election swing. With the election season comes campaign ads, mailers, social media blitzes, and of course, promises both ambitious and ambiguous to fix our economy, slash taxes, and make Louisiana a more prosperous state. Unfortunately, for those seeking office, the voting public is fed up with these empty promises. We want a leader with integrity; we want a leader with vision; we deserve a leader who can deliver both with a plan that works for Louisiana.
Currently, seven races for the Louisiana House of Representatives will be decided on February 23, 2019. As you are aware, LOGPAC is just one of three Political Action Committees of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association that seek to protect agains the constant threats posed by lawsuits, increased taxes and anti-industry groups by supporting candidates that believe in the stability and economic security created by the oil and gas industry in Louisiana. In the seven races, LOGPAC has endorsed 4 candidates.
Louisiana is a unique state, notable among the others in the nation. We are known for our exquisite Cajun cuisine, a football coach with an often indiscernible southern dialect, and a colorful political climate with seemingly endless elections.It can be hard to get excited about these elections considering we seem to go to the polls every few months. We just completed a statewide election December 8th, and not even 3 months from now, people will be headed back to the polls to fill 7 open positions for State Representative. However, Louisiana cannot afford to take their eyes off the ball or fall asleep at the wheel because the main event is here.
The Plaquemines Parish Council recently voted 4-3 in favor of withdrawing from a set of coastal lawsuits filed against oil and gas companies operating in the parish. It would seem only logical to assume that with a 4-3 vote the Council would have successfully ended their involvement with such frivolous litigation, but unfortunately, that is not the case.
“No taxation without representation!” the slogan that originated during the 1700s and started a Revolution. In the past 300 years, very little has changed with regards to our view of taxes.
If there ever were a time in U.S. history when the phrase “elections have consequences” would be most accurate, now would be that time.
The cover that was keeping the Austin Chalk quiet has been blown off. The play spanning across most of central Louisiana, stretching from Lake Pontchartrain to the Texas border is getting a lot of attention.
The days of pen and paper seem to be coming to a close as this method of communication is being replaced by tablets and smart phones.
Easter is one of my favorite times of year to spend with my family. Not only is it a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but it is a time to get together with those you love, consume endless amounts of boiled crawfish, and watch peep fueled children hunt down Easter eggs hidden throughout the yard.
The oil and gas industry is a very unique and timeless industry here in the great state of Louisiana. It has given me some of the best and most challenging moments in my life, but I think to the overall benefit of those who call Louisiana home.
The “cabal” of trial lawyers have recently received some rather unfortunate press from both local and national publications.
Sitting through the local evening news may call for even the happiest Louisianian to reach for an anti-depressant.