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Louisiana and several other Gulf states would receive more offshore oil money to help preserve and restore their coasts under a measure headed to the U.S. House.
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) released the Domestic Offshore Energy Reinvestment Act of 2018. It was voted out of the House Committee on Natural Resources this morning. The bill proposes to amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (more commonly known as GOMESA) by increasing the percentage of qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues that will get directed to Gulf producing states and removing the cap that currently exists on revenues.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (R – South Louisiana) advanced legislation out of the House Committee on Natural Resources today that would increase the share of offshore energy revenues for Gulf Coast states. Graves’ bill would provide a substantial increase in funding for Louisiana’s coastal restoration and flood protection projects.
“After working on this for 20 years I can tell you: what happened today is historic,” said Graves. “Moving this bill is a big deal and has enormous implications for South Louisiana.”
A local agency will receive $250,000 in federal money to help build a new water control structure for Bayou Lafourche.
The grant, approved by the Delta Regional Authority, adds to the $2.5 million the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District has allocated for the project to help keep salt from the Gulf of Mexico from advancing north into the area’s drinking water supply.
Bayou Lafourche provides drinking water to about 300,000 residents across Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption and Ascension parishes.
Progress on the elevated highway to Port Fourchon continues as the LA 1 Coalition continues to look for money for the next phase.
Construction is underway to widen the curve on the Leeville Bridge and add a short extension for the planned elevated highway to Golden Meadow, LA 1 Coalition Executive Director Henri Boulet told the Lafourche Parish Council last week.
“We’re working very hard on closing the gap,” he said.
The next phase, elevating 8.3 miles of roadway to Golden Meadow, is expected to cost $340 million.
Today, 90 percent of Americans believe that able-bodied adults receiving welfare assistance should be required to work or prepare for work. As the House and Senate work to reconcile their two different versions of the Farm Bill in conference committee, the reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) program in the House-passed version are an important first step toward meaningful welfare reform and should be included in the final bill.
Baton Rouge, LA – Congressman Garret Graves (R-South Louisiana) announced today that the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is awarding $80,699,190 in new federal funding to Louisiana to advance many projects statewide.
The important I-10 Interchange at Pecue Lane is among those projects. With clearing and grubbing mostly completed, these new funds will provide for bridge construction and additional right-of-way acquisition to help move the project forward more quickly.
BATON ROUGE -- Allocation of more than $80 million in federal funds could send several improvement projects statewide to the express route.
The Federal Highway Administration awarded $80,699,190 in new federal funding to Louisiana to advance major roadwork across the state.
The Interstate 10 interchange at Pecue Lane on the south end of Baton Rouge is included in the project list.
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