Hundreds unite to show leaders importance of Louisiana’s oil and natural gas industry

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

More than 500 Louisiana leaders, workers and supporters came together Tuesday, May 2, to show support for the state’s future and most important economic driver at 2017 Oil and Natural Gas Industry Day. The event was held at the Louisiana State Capitol and featured appearances and remarks by Sen. Norby Chabert and Sen. Sharon Hewitt as well as top industry leaders and businesses from around the state.

The event, hosted by Grow Louisiana Coalition (GLAC), Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) and the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA), provided attendees with the opportunity to discuss issues impacting Louisiana’s industry with professionals in the field, along with state lawmakers.

The most important thing you can do is what you’re doing today. You need to be here. You need to be involved on the local level. You need to be involved on the state level and you sure need to be involved on the federal level,” urged Sen. Norby Chabert

It’s not all about cutting expenses and raising revenue, it’s about creating jobs. The long-term solution to the state’s challenges is growing the economy and we’re going to do that by creating jobs in the oil and gas industry because as goes the industry, so does the state of Louisiana,” said Sen. Sharon Hewitt.

Grow Louisiana Coalition Executive Director Marc Ehrhardt said Tuesday’s event demonstrated the widespread, positive economic impact the oil and natural gas industry has on the state, with attendees showing their leaders how vital oil and natural gas is to the way of life of the 300,000 Louisianians working in and alongside the industry. The oil and natural gas industry provides one out of every six jobs in Louisiana and is the No. 1 private investor in our state.

Oil and natural gas is Louisiana’s number one economic and environmental partner to this state, and we need to keep it that way,” said Ehrhardt.

In addition to remarks from elected officials, Industry Day attendees also heard from industry professionals Rhoman Hardy, facility manager at Shell Geismar; Brian Hanks, Beta Land Services; Art Price, CFO of Badger Oil Corporation; Ben Bordelon, president and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards. Each speaker stressed the importance of the industry to each and every resident of Louisiana.

Industry leaders and partners who directly supported the event through sponsorships included LMOGA, LOGA, Edison Chouest, Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Economic Survival Team, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Lafayette Economic Development Authority, South Central Industrial Association and Turner Industries.

2017 Oil & Natural Gas Industry Day drew more than 500 supporters from across the state, including Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport, New Iberia, Plaquemines, Houma, Thibodaux, Morgan City and New Orleans.

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