LOGA Industry Report - Fall 2015 - (Page 10)
louisiana oil and Gas Industry:
pay Close attention!
Bryan J. Hanks
are entering into that exciting time of the year. Political elections are now days away. You will be
heading to the polls to pull the lever for a new governor, state representatives, state senators, judges,
an attorney general and local elected officials.
The Louisiana oil and gas industry is at a critical time in our industry's storied history. Crude oil prices
are not profitable, natural gas prices are in the tanks, and more than 150,000 employees of the oil and
gas industry have been laid off of work around the globe. Due to the oil and natural gas price crisis,
houses are being sold, families are being uprooted and companies are going bankrupt.
How do state political elections play an important role during this time of an industry downturn? Now
more than ever, we need our newly elected officials to be business friendly. Not just friendly to their
personal friends that get them elected but business friendly for the sake of the entire state's economy.
During this downturn and even after the market corrects itself, we need elected officials that see
the importance of having nearly 65,000 men and women who work in the oil and gas industry. Whether
a wrench is being turned, a piece of land is being leased or a well is being worked over, the men and
women of the oil and gas industry need to have the support of their elected officials.
The industry has faced lawsuits at the state, parish and local level. This means that an elected judge
has ruled against the industry, an elected state representative has prepared a bill against the industry,
the attorney general has filed suits and approved suits against the oil and gas industry, as well as local
and parish governing bodies that have signed the card against our industry.
Someone has gone to the polls and elected these officials who then turn right around and make rulings
and cast votes that are anti-business. We have a responsibility when we vote to know who the candidate
is at his or her core, how they might vote and whether they have a background of being pro-business.
When the numbers are crunched, the men and women of the Louisiana oil and gas industry have not
particularly showed up when the levers are being pulled. Therefore, it is hypocritical to complain about
all the things we do not agree on within this state if we have not done our duty and voted.
This call is not for you to go vote for a particular candidate. This is not a fundraising letter. This
is a call for you to pay close attention to the elections at hand. Every last one of them matters to our
industry and the entire state. Do your homework. Take a few minutes out of your day to know whom you
are voting for and why. ●
We need elected officials that see the importance of having nearly
65,000 men and women who work in the oil and gas industry. Whether a
wrench is being turned, a piece of land is being leased or a well is being
worked over, the men and women of the oil and gas industry need to
have the support of their elected officials.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
loGa Fall Meeting
Tuesday Sept. 29
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laGCoe open Golf tournament
Monday Oct. 26
Oakbourne Country Club
October 27 - 29
Live on www.loga.la
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of LOGA Industry Report - Fall 2015
North Louisiana Notes
Comments from the Commissioner
From the DNR Secretary’s Desk
From the LDWF Secretary’s Desk
Comments from Congress
Legislator Profile: Senator H. Neil Riser
LOUISIANA GUBERNATORIOL RACE QUIET SO FAR
IT'S LOUISIANA'S FAVORITE SEASON- ELECTION SEASON!
LEGISLATIVE LANES TO VICTORY
LOGPAC ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS
THE COTTON VALLEY: A PLAY THAT'S GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME
Reflections on the Ever-Changing Oil and Gas Industry
CAMERON LNG NEW LIQUEFACTION FACILITIES A WIN-WIN
Court Watch: A Silver Lining in the BP Settlement
LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE PASSES NEW LAW ON DRILLING UNITS
A SUMMER OF ENERGY DISCONTENT IN WASHINGTON DC
WEATHERING THE STROM, FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE
OPPORTUNITY FOR CONTINUED LAWSUIT REFORM
Leadership Development: EXCELERANT
Workforce Development: Illustrating Industry Support for STEM Education
4th Annual LOGA Sporting Clays
2015 LAGCOE Open Golf Tournament
Oilfield Service Auction Preview
Member Services Spotlight: From Websites to Mobile Apps, Envoc is Making ‘A Better Reality’ for Clients
Petroleum Facts at a Glance
Index of Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
LOGA Industry Report - Fall 2015