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Parish Council Rejects Role in Coast Lawsuit Settlement

September 20, 2022

St. Mary Now The St. Mary Parish Council wants no part of the first proposed settlement in lawsuits against energy companies over damage their operations caused to the Louisiana coast. The council on Wednesday refused to sign on to a $100 million settlement deal involving the state government, coastal parishes and companies affiliated with Freeport McMoRan. Dozens of lawsuits allege that by digging canals and performing other work, oil and gas companies damaged coastal Louisiana and violated state and federal laws, even though the work was carried out under federal...

Shell makes $1 million investment in Baton Rouge arts council

September 20, 2022

Deanna B. Narveson, 1012 Industry Report The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge announced last week that it had received a $1 million investment from Shell as it kicks off its 50th anniversary celebration and fundraising campaign. The investment from Shell will be used over the next five years to support art teachers, strengthen education and opportunities for art students, as well as for workforce development initiatives across the Capital Region. The organization has also launched the Everett G. Powers Fund for Creativity Award, created by the former CEO. The grant will...

Industry officials say jobs, economy and tax revenue at stake if Biden delays oil leases

March 30, 2022

Keith Magill, the Courier Oil industry officials are raising concerns that a delay in the federal government’s Gulf of Mexico leasing program could cost Louisiana thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic investment. An industry study released Tuesday says the Biden administration’s expected delay in the five-year program could cost the state up to 14,000 jobs and $165 million in state tax revenue. The study, prepared by Energy and Industrial Advisory Partners, a national banking and consulting firm, was prepared for the American Petroleum Institute and the National Ocean Industries...

NACo Calls on Biden Administration to Restart Offshore Lease Sales

February 23, 2022

NACo Calls on Biden Administration to Restart Offshore Lease Sales February 22, 2022 The Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary of the Interior Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 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....

Appeals court rules in favor of Terrebonne Parish government in coastal lawsuit

January 6, 2022

Appeals court rules in favor of Terrebonne Parish government in coastal lawsuit (From HoumaToday.com) By Dan Copp | The Courier An appeals court has ruled in favor of Terrebonne Parish government in its lawsuit against District Attorney Joe Waitz Jr. in connection with a state agency’s investigation of possible environmental damage caused by oil companies. Gov. John Bel Edwards, Attorney General Jeff Landry and several other parishes are engaged in lawsuits against energy companies that blame drilling for years of coastal erosion and wetland loss in Louisiana. Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary...

Landry: Oil-and-gas land lease sale expected to deliver $100M to Louisiana

November 30, 2021

Landry: Oil-and-gas land lease sale expected to deliver $100M to Louisiana Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry holds a news conference Thursday, March 4, 2021. (David Jacobs / The Center Square) PHOTO: Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry holds a news conference Thursday, March 4, 2021. (David Jacobs / The Center Square) (From Biz Magazine) By William Patrick, The Center Square Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is touting an oil-and-gas land lease sale – the first of the Biden administration – that could deliver $100 million to the state in the next...