April 13, 2022 – BIG sent letters to Senator Cassidy, Congressman Graves, and Congressman Scalise in support of FY 2023 appropriations request for Morganza to the Gulf
“On behalf of Bayou Industrial Group, I am writing today in support of the $31 million request for Community Project Funding, submitted by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to be provided to the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). Funds would be used as a second lift in order to raise Reach F as high as 18 feet. This would elevate the connection between two key features of the Morganza system – Bayou Grand Caillou Floodgate and Houma Navigation Canal Lock Complex. This reach is a main line component of the Houma Navigational Canal (it parallels the canal for four miles toward Houma). Since the canal is the easiest pathway for floodwater into the system and Houma, this levee protects immediately the communities of Dularge, Dulac, and Grand Calliou but is also vitally important to the city of Houma. This reach is four miles and includes the Bayou Grand Calliou Structure. Increasing the level of protection with this reach works in synergy with construction of the Houma Navigational Canal Lock Complex. Most importantly, this is the easiest project in the system to begin construction and has all environmental clearances needed for USACE to start work.”
March 23, 2022 – BIG Joins GEST and other business groups asking President Biden to resume offshore oil and natural gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico
“Given the recent geopolitical strife, post-pandemic economic recovery and exorbitant fuel costs, GEST urges the Administration and the Department of Interior to resume offshore oil and natural gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico immediately and work collaboratively with the States, the communities, and the industry to develop science-based climate change solutions that will allow our energy workers to continue to produce American energy for many generations to come.”
March 4, 2021 – BIG Joins GEST and other business groups asking President Biden to rescind Executive Orders impacting American oil and gas production
“GEST and the allied associations joining this letter are asking you to rescind Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad and DOI Secretarial Order 3395 given their significant impact to our local communities, our local businesses, and the energy workers along the Gulf Coast. GEST believes we can work collaboratively to ‘Build Back Better’ in a way that we can achieve your Administration’s climate change and environmental goals while also maintaining our nation’s energy independence, preserving our much-needed jobs and protecting our coastal communities.”
March 2, 2021 – BIG Letter of Support to Sen. Cassidy for RISEE Act, Royalty Revenue Sharing
“Local residents and business owners like our members clearly understand the inextricable link between vigorous offshore energy production and a robust coastal restoration and protection program. As such, BIG supports your RISEE Act of 2021 provisions and other efforts that would provide more equitable sharing of GOMESA royalty revenue for Louisiana, including elimination of the GOMESA state revenue sharing cap and expanding the list of eligible oil and gas leases for future GOMESA payments. We also support the bill’s revenue sharing model that would provide a fair share of offshore wind revenue to adjacent states where offshore wind farms are developed.”
February 10, 2021 – BIG Advocates for Offshore Oil and Gas Production
January 25, 2021 – BIG Encourages Climate Task Force to Consider Industry Emissions-Reduction Efforts In Action Plan Development
“BIG and our members appreciate the tremendous energy and economic benefits that offshore oil and gas production contribute to our region and our nation. We also recognize Governor Edwards for the creation of the Climate Task Force to reduce greenhouse gas emissions originating in Louisiana. BIG believes that it is possible to have both a robust oil and gas industry that creates jobs and economic opportunity alongside a healthy and sustainable environment to live and work for generations. Economic and environmental benefits are not an either/or decision. In Louisiana, we can and we do have both.
“With this in mind, we encourage you to consider the significant emissions reductions that our state’s industry has achieved in recent years and companies’ continued investments in coastal restoration projects to sustain our invaluable wetlands as the Task Force develops recommendations.”
October 29, 2020 – BIG Supports Funding for East Leeville Marsh Creation Project
In a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bayou Industrial Group offered its support for Phase 2 Construction Funding from the CWPPRA program for the East Leeville Marsh Creation Project in Lafourche Parish.
October 15, 2020 – BIG Supports Constitutional Amendment #2
The Board of Directors of the Bayou Industrial Group passed a resolution on October 19, 2020 in support of LA Constitutional Amendment #2 and urges you to vote YES on the November 3 ballot!
May 6, 2020 – BIG Supports Lawsuit Reform Legislation
Since its founding in 1973, BIG has a strong history of supporting economic development, infrastructure, coastal restoration and protection, education, and public health and safety initiatives in our Bayou Region communities. This provides an opportunity for our members to advocate for or against critical issues in our area as part of a strong, active group of local businesses with a shared goal of growing and strengthening our region.
BIG and its members have taken action on the following recent legislative, regulatory and policy issues:
- SUPPORTED Act 443 of the 2019 Louisiana Legislative Session, which provides $150 million for the LA 1 Improvement Project from Golden Meadow to Leeville and a total of more than $500 million for several other state infrastructure projects.
- SUPPORTED key levee and coastal restoration projects for our region in the FY2020 Louisiana Coastal Annual Plan.
- SUPPORTED efforts by the Lafourche Parish School District in the 2019 Louisiana Legislative Session to secure $2.6 million in oil and gas royalty funds collected by the state from 2007-2010 and owed to the District.
- SUPPORTED federal regulatory reform initiative to revise Oil and Gas Preventer Systems and Well Control Rules to restore certainty and predictability to the offshore permitting and regulatory process and ensure continued safety and environmental protection on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
- SUPPORTED the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District’s request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for “New Start” designation for the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection Project and federal construction funding.
- SUPPORTED expanded access to oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico OCS as part of the 2019-2014 Offshore Leasing Program.