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 lifeblood 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 on disrupting operations in the industry. Luckily, 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.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Freshwater Bayou Canal Shoreline Protection Project will receive $508,037 in funding from the Department of Treasury's Office of Gulf Coast Restoration.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement in support of the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse the nationwide injunction on pipeline construction activity under Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12) issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“Pipeline infrastructure is critical for America’s energy industry. This decision allows pipeline projects across the country to move forward. That means new jobs, greater economic growth, and a more energy independent America.”
LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) joined members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt requesting expedited royalty relief for America’s energy producers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after Governor John Bel Edwards announced plans to delay Louisiana’s severance tax until June 25.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent a letter to President Donald Trump, again requesting royalty relief for offshore energy production in the Gulf of Mexico.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards, again requesting a temporary reduction or suspension in Louisiana’s severance tax on oil and gas.
The letter reads, in part, “If we act now, we can mitigate injury to our workforce and U.S. production capacity. If we do nothing, Louisiana could face massive job losses and the permanent departure of our cornerstone industry along with thousands of Louisiana families who will be forced to move to neighboring states.”
LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has pushed several measures in recent weeks that would protect Louisiana oil and gas jobs against global market disruptions and the Coronavirus health challenge.
These actions include:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., (R-LA) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, requesting assistance in expanding COVID-19 testing for offshore oil and gas workers.
LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Energy formally offered to lease space for 30 million barrels of oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
LAFAYETTE, LA - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior will award Louisiana $155.7 million in GOMESA revenue-sharing funds. The funding, which is derived from offshore energy production, will be used to finance coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana.
The State of Louisiana will administer $124,574,775.95, and the remaining $31.14 million will be administered by 19 parishes. Six parishes in Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District will receive funds: