Louisiana Oil & Gas Association News

Elections: What’s at Stake

By Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association | Aug 15, 2018

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 contrast between the past and current United States President could not be more different. Under President Obama, we experienced moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, endless regulations and negative rhetoric.

Attorneys and political cronies - not state or plaintiffs - winners in coastal litigation, critics say

By Karen Kidd | Aug 9, 2018

BATON ROUGE – More than a year after the release of a paper describing the many lawsuits against the energy industry by a "handful of powerful plaintiffs' firms" over coastal erosion, two experts in the field say that so far the winners are the attorneys and political cronies.

LOGA president applauds decision to dismiss climate change lawsuits

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 30, 2018

The president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) applauds a California federal judge's decision to toss climate change lawsuits against Big Oil.

Oil wetland damage case returns to federal court

By Tomas Kassahun | Jun 17, 2018

Forty two lawsuits filed against oil, gas and pipeline companies have returned to federal courts after those same courts said the dispute should be resolved at the state level.

Loss of BASS tourneys raises concerns about over-litigation in Louisiana

By John Revak | Jun 4, 2018

The relocation of major bass fishing tournaments has heightened concerns that the proliferation of environmental lawsuits has altered the economy and culture of southern Louisiana.

LOGA: The Future of Oil and Gas

By Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association | May 11, 2018

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.

We’ve Had Enough

By Don Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association | Mar 8, 2018

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

Amid lawsuit over 2017 pipeline explosion, industry group head says production 'as safe as ever'

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 7, 2018

Don Briggs argues that the 2017 natural gas pipeline explosion in St. Charles Parish that killed a man and the ongoing litigation over it shouldn’t be viewed as an indictment of his industry.

Bayou Bridge pipeline construction to continue, federal judge rules

By Erianne Leatherman | Mar 3, 2018

Construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline will continue, a federal judge ruled earlier this month, casting aside objections from environmental groups who tried to put a stop to the construction of the final leg of the project due to concerns about the impact it will have on the land and wildlife.

BRIGGS: Optimism in the Chalk

By Don Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association | Feb 22, 2018

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

LOGA: From Edwards to Edwards

By Don Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association | Jan 25, 2018

As I now start the process of transitioning from my role as President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association and into my new position as President Emeritus, I have taken the time to reflect on my years serving the oil and gas industry.

Suits filed against oil companies concerning to some industry groups

By Glenn Minnis | Jan 19, 2018

Melissa Landry worries what impact lawsuits – filed by six south Louisiana parishes against hundreds of oil companies over the alleged impact the industry has had on the state’s coast over the last century – will have on Louisiana business in the here and now.

LOGA’s Resolutions for a Prosperous Louisiana

By Don Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association | Dec 28, 2017

The Christmas season has come and gone, and now we are headed into the final stretch of the holiday season. The New Year has become synonyms with the sounds of champagne bottles popping, fireworks, the ball drop in Time Square, and New Year’s resolutions.

The Oil and Gas Industry’s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By Don Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association | Dec 14, 2017

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – this 1966 Spaghetti Western is a staple in the career of Clint Eastwood and in the heart of many young men growing up in the late 60s.

Louisiana once again named as a 'judicial hellhole'

By Dee Thompson | Dec 12, 2017

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana was once again ranked as a "judicial hellhole" by the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF), this year coming in at No. 8 on its national rankings based on what the organization says are "unbalanced courts" and "excessive litigation."

Major Louisiana associations nominate 5th Circuit judges

By Angela Underwood | Dec 3, 2017

Kyle S. Duncan and Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt belong in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, according to three major Louisiana associations.

Changing Headlines

By Don Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Association | Dec 1, 2017

It is not uncommon to hear people all across Louisiana talking about the Permian Basin and for a good reason. The west Texas formation saw its first commercial oil well completed in 1921, and since then, the basin continues to be a predominant supplier of United States oil and gas. Some even say that an oil and gas recovery begins and ends in this portion of West Texas.

Association: Flood authority's case could harm oil companies despite Supreme Court denial to hear appeal

By Karen Kidd | Nov 10, 2017

Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's failed lawsuit against oil companies could harm the industry's ability to do business in Louisiana, a trade association official said.

The Fight Goes On

By Don Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association | Nov 3, 2017

On the morning of October 30th, Louisiana’s oil and gas industry woke up to promising news amongst the headlines of low rig counts and low global commodity pricing. The United State Supreme Court denied hearing the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East’s (SLFPA-E) appeal of the lower courts ruling.

Great Expectations

By Don Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association | Oct 20, 2017

Energy producers across the United States are benefitting greatly from the policies of our President and his cabinet appointments. New lands are being opened up for drilling and exploration purposes.

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