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.