Louisiana

    Louisiana 

Population: 4.6 Million

Energy Production

·         3,976.3 Trillion Btu total energy production

·         68,984 Thousand barrels of crude oil (January 2012)

·         3,029,206 Million cubic feet of natural gas

·         3,945 Thousand short tons of coal

·         102,884,940 Thousand MWh electricity produced

Energy Consumption

·         4,055 Trillion Btu total energy consumption

·         359.1 Million barrels of petroleum

o   54.4 Million barrels of gasoline

·         1,398,383 Million cubic feet of natural gas

·         3,865 Short tons of coal

State Government Profile

 

Governor: Bobby Jindal  (R); second term; expires in 2015; Governor is limited to 2 terms.

Legislature:

Speaker of the House: Chuck Kleckley (R)

President of the Senate: John Alario (R)

 

Bicameral body: Both chambers are under Republican control

105 House Members: 59 Republicans, 44 Democrats, 2 Independents

39 Senate Members: 25 Republicans, 14 Democrats

Energy Issues

One of the most critical issues facing the state of Louisiana is how to change the climate with regard to legacy lawsuits.  Such lawsuits are absolutely thwarting efforts for further drilling in the state. Consequently, the oil and gas industry has been throwing its support behind legislation that would tighten the state’s process for handling legacy sites in which landowners have leased property for drilling and later sued for all contamination from oil-field wastes and saltwater. At issue is that the state wants more authority over the claims process, including those already filed but lacking an approved plan to evaluate potential environmental damage. Currently, litigation associated with legacy sites can often last many years, further delaying site cleanup as claims go through the courts. Like many other states, Louisiana is facing increased environmental pressures in new shale play areas with regard to fracturing techniques and how to treat ground water supplies. Although Haynesville Shale has been the predominant discussion for the past few years, new shale plays around the state are starting to come “on-line” due to advances in fracturing technologies.