Oil + Gas

‘It’s going to hurt the people,’ resident says of bill to make Louisiana a ‘fossil fuel sanctuary state’

BY: - May 10, 2021

Just south of Oil City, where state Rep. Danny McCormick is from, is the predominantly Black city of Shreveport. Residents there breathe some of the most toxic air in the country. Oil refineries owned by UOP and Calumet contribute to the town’s toxic emissions, according to the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory. But as previously reported […]

Louisiana House committee supports higher fees for hunting and fishing licenses

BY: - May 5, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is running out of money. The department faces an expected $16 million shortfall this year and a $34 million deficit next year, said Rep. Tony Bacala (R-Prairieville) while introducing a bill that would increase hunting and fishing licenses at a Louisiana House committee hearing Wednesday. The department has […]

Bill to make Louisiana a fossil fuel sanctuary state signals lawmakers’ discontent with Biden administration

BY: - April 28, 2021

An attorney for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that a bill to make Louisiana a fossil fuel sanctuary state could jeopardize the state’s ability to enforce environmental programs. There are several federal environmental regulations — including the Clean Water Act and intrastate pipeline safety requirements — that the state is granted primary […]

Pipeline companies want to change the law to avoid fines from Louisiana State Police

BY: - April 22, 2021

A Louisiana State Police commander told a Louisiana House committee Thursday that a bill to cut the state police out of notifications concerning small gas leaks would be a danger to public health. HB 549, introduced by Rep. Danny McCormick (R-Oil City), would stop Louisiana State Police from being able to ticket pipeline companies for […]

Governor signs orphan well tax exemption into law

Congressional panel splits on regulation of ‘orphaned’ oil and gas wells

BY: - April 16, 2021

Members of a U.S. House Natural Resources panel agreed Thursday on the need to clean up and cap abandoned oil and gas wells, but disagreed along party lines about the extent of the federal government’s role in well regulation. The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing was held to consider a bill introduced by Rep. […]

$700k in BP oil spill settlement money is still waiting for Louisianians to claim

BY: - March 30, 2021

Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder said in a press release Tuesday that the state treasury still has more than $700,000 for people and businesses harmed by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP Oil spill. According to Schroder’s office, more than 100 people or businesses are owed at least $1,000, and at least one business […]

Increases in royalties paid by oil and gas producers, lease rates targeted in Biden review

BY: - March 25, 2021

Interior Department officials indicated Thursday the Biden administration would change some federal oil and gas policies in an effort to roll back the aggressive fossil fuel agenda of former President Donald Trump.  Interior leaders at an online forum said that rates the oil and gas industry pays for leasing, royalties and bonding could be due […]

St. James Parish resident to testify at United Nations session on “Cancer Alley”

BY: - March 24, 2021

A St. James Parish resident who has been pushing for cleaner air surrounding her home in “Cancer Alley” will address the United Nations Working Group on Peoples of African Descent on Thursday. The session is public and available online through the OHCHR’s website. Sharon Lavigne, founder of the grassroots, faith-based activist organization RISE St. James, […]

Louisiana AG Jeff Landry files lawsuit against what he calls President Biden’s ‘attack on American energy independence’

BY: - March 24, 2021

Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a lawsuit challenging President Joe Biden’s executive order that temporarily suspends new oil and gas leases on public lands or offshore waters. On Wednesday Landry announced in a press release that he is leading 13 state attorneys general in a federal lawsuit against what Landry calls the Biden administration’s […]

Gulf Coast birds get $35 million in help from BP oil spill settlement

BY: - March 22, 2021

The Deepwater Horizon Trustees on Monday announced nearly $100 million in new Gulf Coast restoration projects for ecosystems destroyed or injured by the BP oil spill. Specifically, the projects aim to rebuild and protect habitats for sea turtles, marine mammals, oysters, and birds across the five states and parts of Mexico impacted by the BP […]

Four big questions about the feds’ scrutiny of oil and gas leasing on public lands

BY: - March 22, 2021

In his first week in office, President Joe Biden paused new oil and gas leasing on federal lands as his administration reviewed fossil fuel development policy.  Now that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has taken office, the administration is gearing up to begin that process. A forum comprising the energy industry, conservation groups, labor organizations and […]

United Nations condemns Cancer Alley pollution

United Nations experts condemn pollution of Cancer Alley as environmental racism

BY: - March 5, 2021

A group of United Nations Human Rights experts has raised “serious concerns” about the continued industrialization of the region of Louisiana known as “Cancer Alley,” calling the permitted development of petrochemical facilities and ongoing pollution of St. James Parish a form of environmental racism against the mostly-Black community. The group of 14 U.N. Human Rights […]