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

The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association applauds President Donald Trump’s actions to unleash an American energy revolution on American soil.

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LOGA Names Heavyweight Champions

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.

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Third Circuit Affirms Board of Tax Appeals Decision

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.

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Capitol Hill: Louisiana Senator Hewitt Calls for Synergy Between Offshore Operators and Coastal Communities

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.

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LOGA and LMOGA Decry City of New Orleans' Coastal Lawsuit Filing

“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.”

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Joint Statement on Terrebonne Parish Coastal Investigations

“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.”

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What Is Your Plan?

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.

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LOGPAC Announces Endorsements for February 23rd Special Election

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.

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2019 Governor’s Race: And Then There Were Three

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.

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From the President’s Desk: Changing The Trajectory

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.

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Severance Tax: How does Louisiana stack up?

“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.

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Elections: What’s at Stake

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.

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Let The Free Market Rule

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.

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The Future of Oil and Gas

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.

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Austin Chalk: Louisiana’s Golden Egg?

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.

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A New Pair of Gloves

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.

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We’ve Had Enough

The “cabal” of trial lawyers have recently received some rather unfortunate press from both local and national publications.

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Optimism in the Chalk

Sitting through the local evening news may call for even the happiest Louisianian to reach for an anti-depressant.

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