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Nov. 4 was the first day that the Trump administration could file paperwork to officially withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, and it wasted no time doing so.
WASHINGTON — Undeterred by government gridlock, representatives from the Gulf Coast descended on the nation's capital this week to lobby for an ongoing effort to secure more money from offshore oil and gas revenues for coastal projects, including efforts to protect Louisiana's disappearing coastline.
Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued an order to Venture Global Plaquemines LNG, LLC (Plaquemines LNG) approving exports of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Plaquemines LNG Project. The Project will be located on the Mississippi River, in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana approximately 20 miles from the Port of New Orleans.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, Senator Bill Cassidy, Senator John Kennedy and Congressman Garret Graves are reacting favorably to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers an announcement of projects in Louisiana. These projects will receive critical dredging and maintenance funding from the Additional Supplemental Appropriations Disaster Relief Act, 2019.
The four Gulf Coast states that produce oil offshore want a bigger cut of the royalties the federal government gets from drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf to be put toward hurricane protection and coastal restoration.
Representatives from the four states — Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas — formed a coalition in August to take up the cause.
Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) advanced legislation to protect the health of Lake Pontchartrain and to preserve and restore critical U.S. estuaries like the Barataria-Terrebonne system out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week – setting the bills up for full passage in the House of Representatives. The committee approved the measures unanimously.
Washington, DC – Three bills to restrict oil drilling off the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific coasts, in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and on federal lands in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) passed in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, mostly along party lines. Those voting in favor were seemingly unphased by the fact that the bills would actually cause the climate impacts they claim to prevent.
WASHINGTON, DC – Louisiana Congressmen Cedric Richmond and Garret Graves introduced legislation in the House of Representatives today that would boost the share of offshore energy revenues for Gulf Coast states, providing a substantial increase in funding for Louisiana’s coastal restoration and flood protection projects.