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Mike Moncla
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Op-Ed: In Defense of Carbon Capture

BATON ROUGE, LA (October 11, 2022) - There has been lots of back and forth lately about Carbon Capture, Usage, & Storage (CCUS). Sadly, two parishes recently passed moratoriums on future CCUS projects. In defense of these parish’s decisions, CCUS sounds like something new to them. They don’t believe the injection process is proven, don’t believe the parishes will be compensated, and have been told that properties can be taken by eminent domain.

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Tanner Watson
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LOGA Responds to BOEM’s Reinstatement of Lease Sale 257 Bids

BATON ROUGE, LA (September 14, 2022) - In compliance with the Inflation Reduction Act, the Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM) announced today that the 307 highest value bids from Lease Sale 257 held in November of 2021 would be reinstated, totaling $189,888,271. The bids had been invalidated by a federal judge earlier this year.

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Tanner Watson
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LOGA responds to permanent injunction issued on Biden ban on new oil and gas leasing

BATON ROUGE, LA (August 30, 2022) - Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Terry Doughty sided with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and 12 other states in a Louisiana-led lawsuit, issuing a permanent injunction against the Biden administration’s moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and water.

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Tanner Watson
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READ: LOGA Letter to Biden Administration in support of offshore oil and gas lease sales

I am writing to you today on behalf of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, an organization that represents the oil and gas operators and the service companies of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana. We respectfully request that you quickly finalize the 5-year program for offshore leasing and include the maximum number of offshore lease sales.

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Tanner Watson
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LOGA Responds to Biden Administration's Refusal to Include Lease Sales in Five-Year Plan

BATON ROUGE, LA (May 23, 2022) - The Biden Administration has announced that they will propose a new five-year offshore drilling plan before the expiration of the current plan on June 30th. However, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was specific to indicate that the plan will not include new lease sales.

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Tanner Watson
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LISTEN: LOGA President Mike Moncla on Talkback 970 KSYL in Alexandria

Listen to LOGA President Mike Moncla speaks with Talkback 970 on KSYL in Alexandria as he discusses the latest happenings in Louisiana’s oil and gas industry. Mike even took some calls from listeners!

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Tanner Watson
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LISTEN: LOGA President Mike Moncla on Talk 107.3 with Brian Haldane in Baton Rouge

Listen to LOGA President Mike Moncla on with Brian Haldane on Talk 107.3 in Baton Rouge as he discusses the Biden Administration’s cancellation of two more lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tanner Watson
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LOGA Statement on the Biden Administration’s Cancellation of GOM Lease Sales

BATON ROUGE, LA (May 12, 2022) -The Biden Administration has announced the cancellation of the last remaining lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico from the most recent Five-Year offshore drilling plan.

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Tanner Watson
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LISTEN: LOGA President Mike Moncla on WWL radio in New Orleans with Tommy Tucker

Listen to LOGA President Mike Moncla on with Tommy Tucker on WWL radio in New Orleans as he discusses the current state of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry and the impact of the Biden Administration on oil and gas.

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Tanner Watson
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Op-Ed: Millennials and the Oil and Gas Industry: What's the Disconnect?

Below is an op-ed authored by LOGA Communications Director Tanner Watson

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Tanner Watson
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VIDEO: LOGA President Mike Moncla testifies before House Committee on Natural Resources & Environment

LOGA President Mike Moncla testifies before the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment in opposition to HB 778 (Glover), which would ban fracking within 1,320 feet of any residential dwelling, school, hospital, or nursing home.

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Tanner Watson
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VIDEO: LOGA President Mike Moncla testifies before Senate Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee

LOGA President Mike Moncla testifies before the Senate Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee in support of SB 241 (Allain) which deals with alternatives in lieu of payment under protest for certain ad valorum taxes

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Tanner Watson
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VIDEO: LOGA President Mike Moncla testifies before House Ways & Means Committee

Watch LOGA President Mike Moncla testifies before the House Ways & Means Committee in support of HB 167 (DeVillier) which reduces the severance tax on oil.

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Tanner Watson
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API: President Biden Can Restore American Energy Leadership

As rising geopolitical tensions around the globe threaten the security and economic wellbeing of America and its allies, there is more President Biden and his administration can do to blunt the effects of rising costs and ensure we can act independently in the face of threats like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Tanner Watson
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LOGA Responds to Biden Administration Ban on Russian Energy Imports

BATON ROUGE, LA (March 8, 2022) -Today, President Joe Biden is expected to ban Russian oil, natural gas and coal imports to the US.

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Tanner Watson
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NACo Letter to Biden Administration on Gulf of Mexico Leasing Moratorium

Dear Secretary Haaland, On behalf of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the 3,069 county governments we represent, we are writing to urge you to expeditiously hold a Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region-wide Oil and Gas lease sale by June 30, 2022, per the current 2017-2022 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program. We respectfully request a timeline showing when the next program and sales schedule will be finalized.

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Tanner Watson
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LISTEN: LOGA President Mike Moncla on the Moon Griffon Show

Listen to LOGA President Mike Moncla on the Moon Griffon Show as he discusses the latest new surrounding the oil and gas industry.

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Tanner Watson
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LOGA Responds to Federal Judge Cancelling 1.7 Million Acres of Drilling Leases

BATON ROUGE, LA (January 28, 2022) - Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras invalidated the largest offshore oil and gas lease sale in the nation’s history, cancelling 1.7 million acres of drilling leases.

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Tanner Watson
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LOGA Announces New Communications Director

BATON ROUGE, LA (January 3, 2022) – Today, the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association announced the hire of Tanner Watson to fill the role of Communications Director. Tanner will be handling all communications and media relations, including LOGA’s daily news, weekly wrap, drilling reports, industry reports as well as all social media duties.

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LOGA Responds to BOEM Lease Sale 257 This Wednesday

On Wednesday, November 17th, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold Lease Sale 257, the first federal land leasing event of the year. In the early days of his presidency, President Biden signed an executive order that banned new federal leasing permits for drilling. On June 15th, after months of legal battles led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty granted a preliminary injunction that temporarily reversed the moratorium while litigation remained in progress.

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Stephen Lewerenz
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LOGA Founder Don Briggs Hospitalized After Auto Accident

Early Wednesday morning, former Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA) President Don Briggs was involved in an automobile crash on I-12 near Tangipahoa Parish. As a result of the crash, Don Briggs’ wife Nannette, aged 77, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident by Tangipahoa officials. Don was taken to the hospital for moderate injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. In response, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association President Mike Moncla released the following statement...

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Steve Maley
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Opinion: Industry Sets the Record Straight on Orphan Well Claims

Certain environmentalist groups in the state have attempted to spread false or misleading information regarding the industry's involvement on the Oilfield Site Restoration Commission (OSR). It is crucial that industry respond to these claims and show the importance of having oil and gas representation on this commission.

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Stephen Lewerenz
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LOGA Releases Statement on Lease Sale Announcement

In compliance with the June 15th U.S. District Court ruling, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced they will hold Lease Sale 257 on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021. The Biden administration had previously banned new federal leasing for drilling early in his presidency and is currently engaged in legal proceedings to resume the moratorium. In response to this announcement, Louisiana Oil & Gas President Mike Moncla released a statement earlier this afternoon...

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Mike Moncla
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LOGA Releases Statement on Hewitt v. Helix Energy Solutions Decision

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Hewitt v Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. deemed a highly compensated employee eligible for overtime payments. After the decision was released, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association President Mike Moncla issued the following statement...

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Stephen Lewerenz
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E&E News: Interior-Most Gulf oil production still offline post-Ida

Most of the oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico remains offline nearly two weeks after Hurricane Ida ripped through the ports of south Louisiana and forced the evacuation of workers from dozens of offshore rigs and platforms.

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Stephen Lewerenz
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Opinion: Industry Opponents Seek to Derail Louisiana’s Recovery by Curbing Oil and Gas Activity

Oil and gas advocates play a crucial role in combatting anti-industry policy and rhetoric from the Biden administration and the rest of the national climate elite. 

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Stephen Lewerenz

LOGA Releases Statement on White House-OPEC Talks

Earlier today, the White House issued a statement urging OPEC+ to increase oil production in order to satisfy the current demand for energy in the United States. Louisiana Oil & Gas Association President Mike Moncla responded publicly to the White House this afternoon.

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Stephen Lewerenz
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LOGA Releases Statement on Fifth Circuit Ruling

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a ruling that would help keep coastal erosion litigation against some of the nation’s largest oil companies in federal court. The ruling partially overturns a decision given by the Fifth Circuit in 2020 that would have sent the lawsuits back to state court.

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WSJ: Washington’s oil lobby pivoted on climate change—and made no one happy

The American Petroleum Institute has recently come under pressure from its members and other stakeholders in the industry for its support over increased regulations and lower emission standards in order to combat climate change. While Democrats have been steadfast in their criticism the oil and gas industry, many Republicans in Congress have criticized the new climate agenda backed by API, including Rep. Garret Graves from Louisiana.

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Financial Times
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Financial Times: OPEC ‘gets a pass to lift oil prices’ as hedging losses hobble US shale

Despite rising crude oil prices, current OPEC disputes are causing American oil companies to hedge losses. This comes as American oil supply decreases due to political tensions and a reluctance by oil companies to ramp up production.

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Stephen Lewerenz
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LOGA Issues Statement on Preliminary Injunction Against Biden's Leasing Moratorium

Last night, Federal District Judge Terry Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking President Biden's Executive Order 14008 that halts all new oil leasing permits on federal land. LOGA President Mike Moncla described this ruling as a "win for every worker in the country, but especially in Louisiana where we depend so much on the Gulf of Mexico."

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The Advocate
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The Advocate: We need more plastics investment in Louisiana, and much less interference

Formosa Plastics has plans to build a $9.4 billion plant in St. James Parish, a proposal that has backing from Republican and Democratic leaders in the state. In response to this proposed investment by Formosa, several attorneys' general from the northeastern United States have published a joint letter scrutinizing the creation of the plant and calling for federal government intervention. that the plant would result in a negative environmental impact on their respective states. Louisiana officials have criticized this external political pressure, and reiterate the creation of new jobs and investment this plant would bring to the state.

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Wall Street Journal
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WSJ: Climate Lawsuits Take a Hit

State and local governments have been trying to extract tens of billions of dollars from fossil-fuel producers for contributing to climate change. But a 7-1 majority of the Supreme Court on Monday decided an important procedural question in BP v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore that could put a lid on these suits.

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Guest: Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch
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New report shows toll of civil court costs on Louisiana’s economy

Louisiana continues to lose jobs and revenue to the tune of billions annually. The current total impact of these costs results in$3.87 billion in lost economic activity, 22,550 in job losses and losses of$1.12 billion in lost wages for hardworking Louisianans. This translates to an annual hidden “tort tax” of $451 currently being paid by every single Louisiana resident. Were Louisiana to enact additional reforms, the resulting savings to residents and businesses would be an estimated$2.1 billion.

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Mike Moncla
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LTE Abbeville Meridional/Vermilion Today

I hope you will join me in supporting the police jury members who are taking action and standing with our industry. I would urge you to also join us in opposing the bogus settlement scheme that’s being promoted by trial lawyers and the legislation they are pursuing at the Capitol this Legislative Session. SB233 and its twin in the House, HB569 are trying to reconfigure Louisiana’s entire coastal program so they can settle meritless coastal lawsuits with a single defendant company. If passed, SB 233 and HB569 would implement a flawed settlement scheme that would divert funds away from coastal restoration.

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Houston Chron: Oil and gas companies have thousands of ways to clean up

No matter how hard we may try, humans are always going to need oil.Some environmentalists want to ban drilling, stop building pipelines and close refineries and petrochemical plans. But even renewable energy companies need lubricants, paint and chemicals. Electrification will not be the end of oil.Crude has a million applications beyond combustion. We may need less oil in the future, but the real challenge is how to extract it sustainably and affordably.

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National Journal
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Offshore oil industry stands to lose big under Biden

A federal review of the U.S. oil and gas leasing program is generating a fierce backlash from the hundreds of companies that operate fracking operations in the vast expanses of the Western U.S. Ahead of the formal launch of that Interior Department process Thursday—an event that will feature opening remarks from newly minted Secretary Deb Haaland followed by hours of testimony from stakeholders—environmental groups are putting their weight behind proposals to raise royalty rates and increase minimum bids. Annually, offshore producers infuse federal coffers with tons of cash, paying for many government programs including the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the holy grail of U.S. conservation initiatives. In recent months, however, federal revenue generated from the offshore industry has dipped below onshore revenue, a marked flip in historical trends.

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Guest: LA Politics
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Lawmakers want say on stimulus & oil settlement

‍“The Legislature doesn’t often set up a statute because a trial lawyer put it in a settlement agreement,” said Senate Natural Resources Chairman Bob Hensgens. “I can see where people might want to get really detailed about how the money is spent and collected, and I can see people wanting to follow what the plaintiff attorneys ask for, and I can see maybe people trying to look at alternative ways forward. I’m not sure which approach has the votes to pass right now.”

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Kati Hyer
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LOGA & LMOGA Issue Joint Statement Regarding Coastal Land Loss Suits

“It is disappointing that some elected officials have sided with plaintiffs’ attorneys in support of job-killing lawsuits and a flawed settlement scheme that could put our coast further at risk. Through these lawsuits, the government seeks to impose sweeping, retroactive liability on the entire oil and gas industry for activities carried out according to federal laws and regulations decades ago. This misguided attempt to rewrite history and penalize energy producers for legally conducted operations that have been endorsed and incentivized by state and local leaders for nearly a century is a distortion of the law dreamed up and marketed by plaintiffs’ attorneys, presumably to serve their own financial gain.

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Mike Moncla
President's Articles

LOGA calls on the Governor to stand up for the state's oil and gas industry

At the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, I see that real impact every day just talking to my members. One pipe fabrication business recently told me “no new projects, no need for piping products.” Others have cited being immediately forced to do layoffs, and others simply having no demand for their services. We are watching the guillotine being readied for our already greatly battered economy.I’m asking the Governor to stand up for our state, just as the governor in our Lone Star neighbor just did. Find every way to support our vital industry and stop these executive actions from harming our great state of Louisiana.

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Mike Moncla
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LOGA Responds to Biden Administration Executive Actions

These moratoriums intended to regulate American oil and gas companies out of business backfire by burdening main street and households everywhere. "Now more than ever people cannot afford heightened energy costs,” Mike Moncla, LOGA Interim President said. "A better approach would be to support the recovery with sustainable policies that benefit struggling Americans with affordable, reliable, American energy."

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Mike Moncla
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LOGA Letter Regarding the LSU Center of Energy Studies Proposal to the Legislature

The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association has read your legislative report and recommendation to change the tax rate for natural gas. While we appreciate the work you’ve undertaken to provide data from the LSU Center for Energy Studies, we do not agree with the conclusions the report draws regarding changing the tax rate.

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Guest: Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch
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Louisiana Lands In Top 5 Judicial Hellholes

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Louisiana moved up a spot from last year, ranking as the fourth-worst Judicial Hellhole in the U.S. The report highlights the worst local courts and states for abuses of the civil justice system, with the top 10 Judicial Hellholes filled with widespread civil lawsuits, legislative loopholes that create more ways for lawyers to sue, and judges who allow junk science into evidence in trials. Judicial Hellholes have civil justice climates that allow abuse and starkly contrast the rest of the nation. Judicial Hellholes swing open the door for trial lawyers to sue for more money over more issues.

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LOGPAC
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LOGPAC Endorses Natalie Broussard for Judge in the 16th JDC

“An attorney for over 25 years, a small business owner, a community volunteer, a mother, and a grandmother, Natalie is a reflection of her community and has served St. Martin, Iberia, and St. Mary parishes for nearly three decades with conviction, character, and integrity,” said Mike Moncla, Executive Director of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Political Action Committee. “She is a servant leader everywhere she goes, and as a Judge of the 16th JDC in Division F we look forward to her continued fair and impartial reading of the law.”

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Kati Hyer
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LOGA responds to veto of job-creation bill

“This legislation would have stimulated some critically needed economic activity in our state, and while it did not pass we remain hopeful and optimistic,” Mike Moncla, Interim President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association said. “We believe Gov. Edwards gave strong consideration to the merits of the issue, and it is our job over the next few months to illustrate to the governor, the Department of Natural Resources, and key legislators why this bill is so important. We look forward to that opportunity.”

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Mike Moncla
President's Articles

VICTORY! CA-2 Passes 58% - 42%

VICTORY! We are celebrating VICTORY with the passage of Constitutional Amendment 2.

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Mike Moncla
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LOGA Interim President: Three big decisions with far-reaching consequences

It’s just days before election day, and we find ourselves at a crossroads. It is impossible to overstate how much potential this current moment holds for Louisiana’s oil and gas industry, and how devastating the wrong decisions could be.

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Guest: Rep. Mike Huval
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Fixing assessment accuracy hinges upon passing Constitutional Amendment 2

This is a narrow amendment that allows, but does not mandate, a fairer methodology for assessors. This is what most other producing states do. Failure to pass Amendment 2 would keep Louisiana in a difficult, if not impossible posture, ensuring continued troubles for parishes and operators.

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Kati Hyer
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LOGA Urges Governor to Sign Drilling Incentive Bill

“Louisiana’s oil and gas industry is hurting, no doubt,” LOGA Interim President Mike Moncla said. “When industry suffers, so does the state. Unemployment ratchets up, other businesses grind to a halt, and local governments suffer too when drilling activity ceases. This bill will increase activity and give operators some much needed incentives that will help put Louisiana’s oil and gas industry back to work.”

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LOGA
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Louisiana Supreme Court rules on LOGA supported tax case

On October 20, 2020, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a major decision in an ad valorem (property) tax case involving oil and gas wells, and a big victory for independent oil and gas operator, D90 Energy, LLC. D90 Energy, LLC v. Jefferson Davis Parish Board of Review, 2020-C-200 (La. 10/20/2020). LOGA supported D90 Energy’s effort by filing an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court both at the writ application stage and on the merits.

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Jim Justiss
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Don't fail to pass Amendment 2

Failure to pass Amendment 2 would allow neighboring states to keep their competitive advantage over us for investment dollars that they currently enjoy.It’s important to note that this amendment affects only the well operator, not the landowner, and does not create any new taxes or tax payers. Please vote yes on constitutional amendment 2.

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Kati Hyer
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Constitutional Amendment 2 would bring fairness, predictability to oil and gas well assessment process

A yes on Constitutional Amendment 2 would bring fairness and accuracy to the assessment process for Louisiana’s oil and gas wells, assessor and industry representatives agree.

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LOGA
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With Louisiana’s Energy Jobs Threatened by Lawsuits,  Leading Trade Associations Take Action to Keep Workers Employed

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).

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Kati Hyer
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LOGPAC endorses Bo Duhé for District Attorney, 16th Judicial District Court

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.

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Kati Hyer
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Louisiana Oil & Gas Association Announces President’s Departure, Names Interim President and VP of Communications

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.

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LOGA
President's Articles

How choosing the right candidates for D.A. will shape our industry’s future

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?

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LOGA
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Louisiana Oil & Gas Associations Respond to Fifth Circuit Ruling in Coastal Litigation

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.

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Kati Hyer
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LOGPAC endorses Jay McCallum for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, 4th Supreme Court District

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.

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LOGA
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Letter to Congressional Delegation urging support for stimulus money for plugging orphan wells

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.

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LOGA
President's Articles

Louisiana Needs Legal Reform

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.

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Kati Hyer
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LOGPAC Endorses Joseph Orgeron in Special Election

“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.

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Kati Hyer
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LOGA and LMOGA Applaud the Advancement of SCR 7

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:

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LOGA
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LOGA and LMOGA applaud senators for opposition to SB 490

“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.”

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LOGA
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Setting the Record Straight: Fact checking SB 359 coverage in The Advocate

The Advocate published an article rife with misleading or outright false information regarding the coastal lawsuits and SB 359.

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LOGA
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More than 20 Organizations Across Louisiana Support Lawsuit Reform Legislation

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.

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Kati Hyer
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State’s Oil Producers Shuttering at Alarming Rate

“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.”

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Kati Hyer
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Crude oil trading at lowest price in history

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.

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LOGA
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3 Past LOGA Chairmen, Multiple LOGA Members, and LOGA President chosen for Legislative Task Force to Jump-Start the Louisiana Economy

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...

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LOGA
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LOGA Comments on OPEC+ Deal, Likely Impact on Louisiana Energy Producers

“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.”

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Kati Hyer
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Economic Survey Reveals Bleak Future for Louisiana Energy Producers, Workers

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.

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LOGA
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Paycheck Protection Program Resources

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.

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LOGA
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U.S. Department of Energy to Make Strategic Petroleum Reserve Storage Capacity Available to Struggling U.S. Oil Producers

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.

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Office of Conservation

Response from Commissioner Ieyoub re: Emergency Measures

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.

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LOGA
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Joint Letter to Commissioner Ieyoub Re: Emergency Measures

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.

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LOGA
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Stay ay Home: What does it mean for Louisiana's oil and gas industry?

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.

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Kati Hyer
News

Department of Homeland Security MOI: Critical Infrastructure Workers

“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.”

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Kati Hyer
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SBA Disaster Loan Applications

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.

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Kati Hyer
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DOE Strategic Petroleum Reserve Announcement

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.

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Kati Hyer
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Oil trades below $21 for first time in nearly two decades

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.

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How to Usher in Louisiana’s Roaring 2020s

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...

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LOGA to Launch Legislation Tracker

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.

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Higgins: Industry Officials Should Be Prepared for Increased Iranian Aggression

Cybersecurity, site security, and transport security should be maintained at a heightened level of threat awareness.

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EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) for December: Haynesville Shale Second Highest New-well Gas Production Per Rig in the Nation

“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.”

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WSJ | Louisiana: The Trial-Lawyer State

John Bel Edwards has encouraged lawsuits that have cost jobs.

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Louisiana's coast needs solutions, not shakedowns | Letter to the Editor RE: Freeport-McMoRan's settlement could be the first of many.

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.

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LOGPAC Endorses Eddie Rispone in the Runoff for Governor

Eddie Rispone is a proven job creator, a strong fiscal conservative, and a valiant supporter of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry.

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LOGA protestors interrupt State of the Industry presentation in NOLA

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.

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LMOGA and LOGA respond to oil and gas lawsuit update

"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.”

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LOGPAC Announces Endorsement for Ralph Abraham for Governor, Statewide Races

Today, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association’s political action committee, LOGPAC, endorsed Ralph Abraham for Governor and made further endorsements for statewide office. 

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Louisiana’s in a Crisis: Time to Demand a Plan

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.

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LOGPAC Endorses Luci Sposito for Lafourche Parish President

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. 

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Election Update: LOGPAC Candidates with Opposition

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. 

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Energy and Environment: A Rivalry into a Partnership

"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.

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LOGPAC Alert: Incumbent Endorsements

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.

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LAUNCHED: www.GeauxElections.com

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. 

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Roses and Thorns of the 2019 Session

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

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Pro-Business Coalition Endorses Jim Fannin for State Senate

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.

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Chevron, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil Joint Statement in Response to Judge Feldman’s Decision to Stay Coastal Permit Lawsuit Pending Defendant’s Appeal to the Fifth Circuit

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.

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LOGA and LMOGA launch Southern Energy Conference

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. 

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LOGA Member Alert: Avanti Case Final

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.

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