How much responsibility does the energy sector bear for Louisiana’s environmental challenges?
Louisiana Public Square
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
What cost to the state are energy’s economic dividends?
Severance taxes, royalties and bonuses from the energy sector account for nearly 17 percent of the state’s revenue stream. But how much responsibility does the energy sector bear for Louisiana’s environmental challenges? A current lawsuit contends that the actions of 97 oil companies have damaged Louisiana’s wetlands and threatened flood protection for coastal residents. The oil and gas industry says its practices were legal at the time and that a surge in environmental lawsuits is driving investors away from Louisiana. Are current lawsuits legitimate attempts at compensation or part of a litigious environment that threatens to kill the state’s oil and gas “golden goose?” Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Energy’s Environmental Footprint” airing Wednesday, February 26th at 7 p.m.
LSU Media Law Professor Craig Freeman will moderate a discussion between panelists:
John Barry, Restore Louisiana Now
Sen. Norbert Chabert, R-Houma, Senate Natural Resources Commission
Foster Campbell, Public Service Commissioner
Keith Hall, J.D., Director of the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute
Tune in at 7pm for this important discussion.
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Louisiana Public Broadcasting is also hosting a survey on their website related to these critical Louisiana issues. Complete the survey here.
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