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Scalise to take peers on tour of Gulf’s offshore drilling

Scalise to take peers on tour of Gulf's offshore drilling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is taking a batch of congressmen on a tour of the Gulf of Mexico’s oil and gas offshore drilling industry. Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, has led energy tours for his peers since he became a House member in 2008. On Friday, he’s showing off the industry to six other congressmen ...

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Shreveport to host Ark-La-Tex Oil Field Expo

Shreveport to host Ark La-Tex Oil Field Expo

The Ark-La-Tex Oil Field Expo will bring hundreds of qualified energy professionals together March 30-31 at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, La. Unlike other events, the Ark-La-Tex expo is free for people currently employed in the oil and gas industry. The industry-exclusive policy ensures maximum attendee relevance. Energy industry professionals can register for free admission on the event’s website. ...

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Rain continues in north Louisiana, flooding moves south

Rain continues in north Louisiana, flooding moves south

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Torrential rain pounded Louisiana for a fourth day Friday, leaving roads impassable, submerging cars and forcing people from their homes overnight. The Bossier City area across the Red River from Shreveport has taken the brunt of the storm that began saturating northern Louisiana late Tuesday. At least three people have died, and mandatory evacuations have ...

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Senators blast business for seeking to protect tax breaks

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Democratic state senators grilled business lobbyists Tuesday on the second-to-last day of the special legislative session, saying companies aren’t doing their fair share to help close Louisiana’s budget gap. Lobbyists for the oil and gas industry, chemical plants and other companies urged the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee not to shrink the sales tax ...

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Flood board appeals dismissal of suit against oil companies

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A south Louisiana flood board’s lawyers head to a federal appeals court in hopes of reviving a lawsuit against dozens of oil and gas companies. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit in 2013. It claims coastal oil and gas activity contributed to damage and loss of wetlands that form a hurricane buffer for ...

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Latest suit over coastal damage adds to oil company woes

Latest suit over coastal damage adds to oil company woes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cameron Parish in southwestern Louisiana has joined the list of those suing the oil and gas industry over damage to the state’s badly eroding coast. The parish filed a series of suits Monday with defendants — including major oil companies — numbering close to 200. Industry associations immediately condemned the suits as an unwarranted attack on ...

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Louisiana’s current budget woes mirror 1988 financial gaps

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BATON ROUGE, La. — A new Louisiana governor inherits a massive budget mess, a state struggling with years of red ink that his predecessor patched through rather than fixing. Now, government services are on the chopping block, threatened with hefty reductions. Sound familiar? That was the scene when Buddy Roemer took over as Louisiana’s governor in March 1988. And it’s ...

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Louisiana energy headlines for Jan. 25

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Bonnet Carre Spillway to close Feb. 2 Gates on the Bonnet Carre  spillway could be completely closed by Feb. 2, reports the Advocate. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the spillway Jan. 10, only the 11th time it’s been in operation since completion in 1927 after a flood devastated the area. The spillway is used to divert water from ...

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Trial date set for companies, workers charged in Gulf blast

Trial date set for companies, workers charged in Gulf blast

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has set a January 2017 trial date for the Justice Department’s criminal case against several companies and workers involved in a deadly 2012 explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. A court filing Thursday says the jury trial in New Orleans is scheduled to start Jan. 17, 2017, and last approximately ...

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$52 million allocated to improve Louisiana coastline

$52 million allocated to improve Louisiana coastline

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has approved $52 million in Deepwater Horizon project money for coastal restoration projects. News outlets report that the federal-state Restore Act council approved the funds Wednesday for six coastal-restoration projects and a study of the lower Mississippi River in Louisiana. The money comes from Clean Water Act fines paid by ...

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