Louisiana Truth Response to LAMOGA
TRUE INTENTIONS OF BIG OIL NOW CLEAR IN LOUISIANA: HISTRIONICS OVER ACT 312 ARE RUSE TO ALLOW UNFETTERED AND UNACCOUNTABLE PRODUCTION OF LOUISIANA HAYNESVILLE SHALE OIL FIND
A Response to the LOGA/LSU Report: Impact of Legacy Lawsuits
A Statement by Cheron Brylski, LouisianaTruth.Org:
A report issued today by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (http://www.enrg.lsu.edu/node/479) makes clear why Don Briggs, Melissa Landry, David Dismukes and others representing “Big Oil” in Louisiana are intent on trashing Act 312.
Big Oil worked for a year to pass Act 312 in 2006. They claimed it would cure all problems with the legacy issue. Today, while the law is being used to successfully coordinate cleanup of sites plagued by Bio Oil’s environmental damage, they seek to change the rules of the game.
Environmental cleanup proceeding under any law is too much of a good thing for them.
Thus, Big Oil finally tipped its hand. There is no concern about Act 312, timely remediation of dangerous and environmentally harmfully legacy and orphan sites, or the legal rights of landowners, whose lands have been harmed by callus acts of environmental negligence.
There is no agreed upon process, even when orchestrated under the direction of Big Oil’s friends at the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.
Big Oil seeks one thing: a return to the days that caused these legacy sites: No rules, no requirements for cleanup and no process for insuring that landowners and citizens will be treated responsibly and fairly.
In order to accomplish their objective, Big Oil is lobbying to destroy Act 312 on the one hand, non-performing as to cleanup on the other, and now using LSU in order to cover their deeds.
Shame on them. Shame on us if we allow it.
The so called LSU-study released today, claiming the economic impact of legacy suits, is simply a foolish example of a big time special interest expressing its agenda under the guise of “academic” research. I challenge LSU to make all documents, correspondence, emails and related information pertaining to the production of this so called “report” available for inspection.
Odd also how this report fails to mention how many jobs and how much economic activity is created by cleaning up hundreds-maybe thousands-of legacy and orphan waste sites around the state.
The truth is drilling permits have been on the rise in Louisiana, hundreds of millions of barrels of oil have been pumped out of our state’s land, and hundreds of billions of dollars have been made off of oil production in Louisiana in just the last five years since Act 312 became law.
So why the smoke and mirrors? Because Big Oil doesn’t want to be held to any accountability as they start their rape and pillage of north and central Louisiana’s Haynesville Shale Oil find.
Our message to Big Oil is simple: Live by the rules you wrote! Be responsible! Be truthful!
So far, in Louisiana, you have failed on all accounts.
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