Parish Presidents Association supports federal offshore leasing in Gulf

Published 12:04 pm Saturday, August 7, 2021

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The Parish Presidents of Louisiana Association (PPOL) recently passed a resolution supporting federal offshore leasing in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil and natural gas exploration, development, and production on the outer Continental Shelf provides for energy and national security, and funds conservation, restoration, and protection of the country’s national parks, forest, and coastal areas.

Recent data has shown that energy production from the Gulf of Mexico is climate-advantaged and barrels are produced at a lower carbon intensity compared to production from foreign sources.

“The U.S. offshore oil and natural gas program, right here at home, provides everything we need — climate-advantaged energy, jobs for American workers, and funding of conservation and restoration efforts for our natural resources,” commented PPOL Chairman and Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller. “Uninterrupted leasing of offshore tracts for energy development is essential for the continued production of the country’s energy resources.”

PPOL supports knowledge and understanding for the unique form of Home Ruled Chartered government. The group, comprised of Louisiana parish presidents, works to improve existing dialogue among the member Parishes, formulate local government strategies, unite Home Ruled Chartered parishes, and build coalitions.

“PPOL is urging President Biden and Interior Secretary Haaland to immediately schedule Gulf of Mexico lease sales,” said PPOL Vice Chairman and St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis.

The resolution is being shared with President Biden, Interior Secretary Haaland, members of the U.S. Congress, Louisiana city and parish governing authorities, the Louisiana Police Jury Association, the Louisiana Municipal Association, and the National Association of Counties.