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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

September 12, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Migratory Bird Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, will award $9,928,536 in conservation funding to the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge, which is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

This grant will support conservation efforts for wetland habitats and waterfowl populations while supporting local economies and recreational traditions such as hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The wetlands also provide flood control benefits and mitigate coastal erosion.

September 6, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted in support of H.R. 4606, the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. The legislation allows for the expedited approval of shipments of liquefied natural gas. Congressman Higgins also spoke in support of the legislation on the House floor.

April 27, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) praised U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s presentation of $188 million in GOMESA revenue-sharing funds to Gulf states, including $82 million to Louisiana.

The State of Louisiana will receive $66,271,724.59. Several parishes in Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District will receive additional funds: Calcasieu Parish, $862,675.48; Cameron Parish, $1,090,580.78; Iberia Parish, $871,009.19; St. Martin Parish, $616,852.85; St. Mary Parish, $719,952.25; Vermilion Parish, $850,143.14.

April 24, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and other members of the Louisiana congressional delegation sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Kevin McIntyre, urging FERC to approve necessary permits for the Driftwood LNG and Driftwood Pipeline projects in Southwest Louisiana.

March 26, 2018 Blog Post

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) recently endorsed Congressman Higgins' bill H.R. 5260, which expedites the demonstration of at least four advanced nuclear reactors by 2028.

The BPC advocates for bipartisan solutions to the nation's key challenges. BPC President Jason Grumet, and Co-Chair of BPC's American Energy Innovation Council Norm Augustine and former Senator Byron Dorgan offered their support in a letter to Congressman Higgins:

March 26, 2018 Blog Post

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) recently endorsed Congressman Higgins' bill H.R. 5260, which expedites the demonstration of at least four advanced nuclear reactors by 2028.

NEI President & CEO Maria Korsnick offered her support in a letter to Congressman Higgins:

"On behalf of the commercial nuclear energy industry, the Nuclear Energy Institute expresses its support for H.R. 5260, the 'Advanced Nuclear Energy Technologies Act.' We appreciate your effort to promote the development of advanced nuclear reactor technologies.

March 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) recently authored a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), urging full funding for the Freshwater Bayou Lock, which is located in Vermilion Parish.

March 18, 2018 In The News

Construction on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in the Atchafalaya Basin will soon resume after a temporary stay that may have cost the company millions, officials said Thursday.

A federal appeals court on Thursday cleared the line to continue work in the basin, reversing a decision by a lower court three weeks earlier to halt construction while an environmental lawsuit against the company progresses.

March 16, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans recently struck down a ruling by Obama-era, federal judge Shelley Dick that had halted construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.
 
The federal appeals court lifted the order, saying that the district court “abused its discretion in granting a preliminary injunction.”
 
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement: