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Energy & the Environment

"Even with the fluctuations in oil prices, Louisiana’s fossil fuels industry remains a bright spot and major contributor to our state and national economy."

Fossil fuels play a major role in the daily lives of every American.  Whether it is meeting the energy needs of families and businesses, or being used in the creation of plastics and other common materials, fossil fuels are the life blood of our modern society.

However, the benefits this industry provides to our nation were largely ignored by the previous administration.  Regulations were put into place that were ideologically based with a focus of disrupting operations in the industry.  Luckily in the 115th Congress we are presented with a great opportunity to remove burdensome regulations and unleash the potential of the U.S. energy industry.

While unnecessary regulations will be removed, it is important that a balanced approach is taken that results in real economic benefits but also considers environmental impacts.  No republican or democrat wants dirty air or water.  This is especially important in a state like ours, where enjoyment of the outdoors is engraved into our culture and heritage.  While empowering the industry is a top priority, we must ensure proper conservation and mitigation programs are in place to maintain our sensitive ecosystem and protect our valuable natural resources.




More on Energy & the Environment

February 21, 2018 In The News

President Donald Trump and conservatives in Congress are helping the oil and gas industry make a comeback with increased drilling opportunities and fewer burdensome regulations, U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins said Tuesday.

Higgins, R-Port Barre, spoke to the Atchafalaya Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City.

He represents Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes St. Mary Parish, and took office in January 2017.

“The oil and gas industry is set for a renaissance in the Gulf of Mexico,” Higgins said.

February 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement on President Trump’s FY 2019 budget.

January 4, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s announcement of the 5-year Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas leasing.

December 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, Colonel Clancy of the Army Corps of Engineers announced that the New Orleans District has concluded its environmental assessment and will issue necessary permits to Bayou Bridge Pipeline, LLC.

December 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) joined a group of Gulf Coast lawmakers on a letter urging House Leadership and members of the conference committee on tax reform to include the Cassidy-Strange Amendment in the final legislative text.

The amendment increases the amount of money that Gulf states are eligible to receive through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), raising the revenue sharing cap on oil and gas from $500 million to $650 million for two years (2020 and 2021).

October 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement of the largest oil and gas lease sale ever held in the United States. The proposed region-wide lease sale is scheduled for March 2018 and includes 76,967,935 acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.


October 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement today after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the formal repeal of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.

August 14, 2017 Editorial

For nearly a decade, Louisiana’s oil and gas industry has been targeted by ideologically-charged efforts to suppress fossil fuel energy production. The energy and fuel refining industries have long been the lifeblood of our state’s economy, but a sluggish market and burdensome regulations have suppressed domestic energy producers and cost thousands of local jobs.

For those of you reading this, rest assured – the tide is turning in Washington.

July 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 3367, to remove barriers placed on U.S. exporters so they can quickly access the market and meet the global demand of natural gas. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) is sponsoring the License Natural Gas Now Act, which is the Senate version of the bill.