What Now for Energy and the Gulf?

LSU hosts industry leaders for insights on the post-spill situation
BATON ROUGE – On Tuesday, amidst the fallout of the deepwater drilling moratorium, Louisiana State University’s Center for Energy Studies hosted its annual summit. This topic, “Deep Exploration and the Future of the Gulf of Mexico,” drew approximately 80 attendees for what the organizer, David Dismukes, described as a “forward-looking discussion.”

New Orleans Hosts Environmental Case of Historic Proportions

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in international dispute worth $27 billion
NEW ORLEANS, La.—Chevron Corporation, by way of its Texaco subsidiary, is embroiled in a more than decade’s long legal battle over alleged environmental damage in the Amazon rainforests of Ecuador. On Monday, as an outcome approaches in the Ecuadorian province of Lago Agrio, Chevron’s legal counsel were in New Orleans, arguing for access to evidence held in the United States.

Promises and Policies Post-Katrina

Lessons learned: a conversation with Mercatus Center scholar Daniel Rothschild

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is winding down its intensive, five-year Gulf Coast Recovery Project, an investigation into the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Daniel Rothschild, director of the project, recently shared his insights with the Pelican Institute.* (Click below to listen to the audio file – 12 minutes.)

Gulf Coast Claims Facility Set to Replace BP

Feinberg and Landrieu hold town halls to explain new victims claims process

On August 18th, approximately 500 individuals crowded the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana, to hear from Kenneth Feinberg and Mary Landrieu (D-La). The two speakers explained the new Gulf Coast Claims Facility, highlighted its independence, and assured the audience of their concern for victims of the oil spill.

Gulf State Residents Bring Message to Capitol

Victims, activists, and trade representatives join forces to oppose shut-down of Gulf oil industry

Washington, DC—Promoting the tagline, “My Job Matters,” more than 50 Gulf state residents travelled to the Capitol to protest the moratorium and regulatory impediments to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Protesters gave speeches in front of the U.S. Capitol Building, and Texas Senator John Cornyn and former Pennsylvania Representative John Peterson voiced their support. Additionally, individuals lobbied congressional members and staff, shared their frustrations with media outlets, and met with low-tax advocates Americans for Tax Reform.

Milton Friedman and the Path to Our Energy Future

Pelican Institute Commemorates Life of Friedman with Discourse on Energy Policy On July 30th, the Pelican Institute celebrated Milton Friedman’s Legacy for Freedom with a luncheon and guest lecture from Chris John, president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association. Kevin Kane, the institute’s president, opened the event and explained how Friedman’s work remains…

Voices For and Against

Interview excerpts regarding the Gulf drilling moratorium

In the process of covering the array of protests, town hall meetings, and study announcements surrounding the oil spill, I have had the opportunity to interview a diverse group of individuals. The primary point of concern has been the ongoing moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and I have sought to clarify why people support or oppose the moratorium and how they respond to the concerns of those with opposing views.

BP Halts Use of Dispersants

Disputes remain over toxicity of Corexit; EPA approval process too long for alternative

Since July 15th, BP has ceased all use of dispersants in the clean-up of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Although not widely publicized, BP’s decision was made in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard and came after three months use and 1.8 million gallons of the dispersant Corexit.