LOGA Industry Report - Fall 2015 - (Page 84)

fEATURE | noIa UPdaTe A Summer of Energy Discontent In Washington DC this summer, the u.s. Congress has delivered a mixed message on the energy front. by Randall Luthi President National Ocean Industries (NOIA) As a case in point, take the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. On the same day that the Committee passed out a broad bill that deals mostly with energy efficiency, grid issues, and infrastructure on a strong bi-partisan vote, it also passed out more impactful supply-related legislation that would fundamentally change our country's energy landscape, but that one only passed on a party-line vote. For that bill, all Republicans voted yes and Democrats no to opening up more areas of the outer continental shelf to energy development, expanding revenue sharing for states, and lifting the crude oil export ban. So, while there was certainly positive movement this summer on energy legislation in a chamber that has not passed major energy legislation in almost a decade, the outlook remains unclear for a strong energy bill that will increase America's supply of domestically-produced energy and strengthen America's energy standing in the world. Specifically in the offshore arena, pro-energy Members of Congress have introduced bills to authorize oil and natural gas lease sales in the Eastern Gulf, as well as in the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. While there was certainly positive movement this summer on energy legislation in a chamber that has not passed major energy legislation in almost a decade, the outlook remains unclear for a strong energy bill that will increase america's supply of domestically-produced energy and strengthen america's energy standing in the world. 84 | loGa INDUSTRY REPORT | Fall 2015 However, anti-fossil fuel members have written letters to the Secretary of the Interior opposing such sales as well as the permitting of seismic surveys that would provide needed modern data on the extent of potential resources in the Atlantic Ocean. And through a concerted campaign of fear-mongering, misinformation and mischaracterization of the facts, environmental groups have successfully scared some Atlantic coast communities into passing symbolic resolutions expressing opposition to seismic surveys and oil and natural gas exploration off their shores. These "NIMBY" campaigns initiated by radical environmental NGOs remain a serious challenge for all of us in industry, both onshore and offshore. In the Arctic arena, after the Obama Administration conditionally approved Shell's plan for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, 18 Democratic Senators wrote a letter asking the Administration to prevent drilling off the coast of Alaska. Not one was from Alaska. More non-Alaskans joined the fray in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon by protesting and attempting to block drilling rigs and support vessels headed for the Chukchi Sea. A band of environmental groups also challenged the Federal government's re-approval of Lease Sale 193 in the Chukchi Sea. The challenge failed in court. These fights are spreading to our backyard now, too. Discord over offshore oil and natural gas exploration is on the rise, and opponents are beginning to focus on the Gulf of Mexico, our nation's offshore oil and gas hub. This is a region strongly supportive of the oil and gas industry, which has long co-existed with thriving commercial fishing, recreational fishing, and tourism industries. Yet even here, environmental organizations have taken to filing suits over permitting and lease sales. The new anti-drilling rally cry, "leave it in the ground," echoes the climate change rhetoric and

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of LOGA Industry Report - Fall 2015

Chairman’s Corner
President’s Perspective
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
LAGCOE 2015
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
New Members
Index of Advertisers/ Advertisers.com

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