July 7, 2014 — Lafayette and the Acadiana area know how important the oil and gas industry is to the lifeblood of everyone here....Today, for the first time in five years and for the first time ever in Lafayette, a senate energy hearing was conducted by U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. She was appointed back in February to the powerful position as chair of the senate energy and natural resources committee. Today, Landrieu got input on why its important to expand offshore energy among other oil and gas issues.
"Use that gavel today, we want the country focused on America's energy coast. What we provide in way of jobs and economic opportunity for our nation and frankly for the drilling operations going on all over the world. I wanted to start right hear where the job is getting done in America's energy coast and in Lafayette and in Acadiana." said Mary Landrieu.
It was a packed room today for hearings in Lafayette that will help draft a new five year offshore energy plan and with Mary Landrieu as chair of the senate energy and natural resources, it's the first time in 20 years that a Louisiana senator has held this powerful position.