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The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (known before 2006 as LIOGA) was organized in 1992 to represent the Independent and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana; this representation includes exploration, production and oilfield services. Our primary goal is to provide our industry with a working environment that will enhance the industry. LOGA services its membership by creating incentives for Louisiana’s oil & gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing burdensome regulations, and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas industry in the state of Louisiana.

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Money is the root of latest split between Louisiana governor, attorney general

The latest flashpoint between Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwardsand Attorney General Jeff Landry centers on money, with the statewide elected officials sparring over budget cuts sought by Edwards to help close a $304 million deficit. The Democratic governor’s budget-rebalancing plan, released this week, recommends the Republican attorney general’s office for $6 million in reductions. Landry described the proposal as devastating […]

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The Bayou Bridge Pipeline and our economy

During his first day sin office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for the streamlining of American infrastructure projects. One such project is right here in Louisiana: The Bayou Bridge Pipeline. In my estimation, the project already meets many of the criteria laid out by Trump, and will be a major win for […]

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Alabama AG sworn in to replace Jeff Sessions

Republican Luther Strange, Alabama‘s attorney general, was sworn in on Thursday to fill the Senate seat left empty by Jeff Sessions, tapped by President Donald Trump to be the nation’s top law enforcement officer. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, administered the oath to Strange, a well-connected Republican and former Washington lobbyist. Attorney General Sessions and Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama were at Strange’s […]

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Commission selects committee leadership

Commissioner Matthew Linn said the Natural Resources Committee must be prepared to ensure citizens’ safety related to water quality and sufficient water supply. Linn said the committee also must be prepared for any new developments with gas opportunities and Haynesville Shale. The committee addresses natural resources, mineral resources of parish-owned land and all matters related to […]

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US crude settles at $53, up 1.3%, as drop in gasoline stockpiles signals higher demand

Oil prices rose on Thursday after an unexpected draw in U.S. gasoline inventories pointed to higher demand in the world’s biggest oil market. U.S. light crude was up 66 cents, or 1.3 percent, at $53 a barrel. Benchmark Brent crude rose 51 cents a barrel, or 0.9 percent, to $55.63 per barrel by 2:33 p.m. ET (1933 GMT). […]

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Drilling Resumes on the Dakota Access Pipeline

The company building an oil pipeline that has been subject to sustained public protests said on Thursday it has resumed drilling beneath a North Dakota lake despite a last-ditch legal challenge from a Native American tribe leading the opposition. Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP.N) is building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to move […]

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U.S. energy trade with Mexico: U.S. export value more than twice import value in 2016

Energy trade between Mexico and the United States has historically been driven by Mexico’s sales of crude oil to the United States and by U.S. net exports of refined petroleum products to Mexico. Through 2014, Mexico’s exports of crude oil to the United States were the most valuable component of bilateral energy trade, with the […]

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With Bayou Bridge Pipeline, Louisiana again weighs oil, environment

With Bayou Bridge Pipeline, Louisiana again weighs oil, environment

Down Louisiana 3066 and the Lower Grand River, past the middle of swampy nowhere, rests a cypress marsh hamlet of oyster shell roads, elevated houses, above-ground swimming pools and all manner of flat-bottom boats. This is where the geography maze that is the Atchafalaya Basin unfolds in a breathtaking flat canvas of forest, wetlands and pockets of […]

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Louisiana business advocates like Trump’s order to slash regulations

Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Gifford Briggs says oil and gas companies have been burdened by the “oppression of regulation” in years past, but adds he’s not yet sure how Trump’s executive order will impact the industry. “I don’t know if there’s going to be a material impact,” Briggs says. “But I think it […]

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PetroQuest 2017 Production Starts Strong in Louisiana and Cotton Valley

PetroQuest Energy (ticker: PQ) released reserves estimates today, showing a decrease of 35% since the prior year calculation. Proved oil and gas reserves decreased to 115 Bcfe at year end 2016, down from 178 Bcfe in 2015. This decrease includes 25 Bcfe of proved reserves that were divested in 2016. These reserves are comprised of 70% natural […]

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