Lousiana to the Rescue for Energy

LOUISIANA TO THE RESCUE The Christian Coalition, while sticking to its primary agenda, champions Energy Independence such as the discovery and drilling in new oil and gas deposits as well as developing all other alternatives for cleaner fuels. The Christian Coalition is encouraged by the discovery of what appears to be one of the largest natural gas fields in the world in northwest Louisiana. This is also good for Louisiana’s image since the new discovery will impact the nation in a most positive way. The mere mention of Louisiana tends to conjure up all sorts of negative images. It is known for being first in many of the worst categories, and last or close to it, in the best. It ranks near the bottom of states for business investors. Louisiana’s unique history is spiked with colorful characters like the pirate, Jean Lafitte and Governor Huey P. Long. Both are remembered for their shrewd robberies and their feats of heroism. Lafitte, in the Battle of New Orleans, Huey Long for pulling the state out of the swamp and making it a player on the national stage. His brother Earl, following in Huey’s footsteps, enjoyed a memorable role as a lunatic with a fancy for stripper, Blaze Starr. He graced the mansion with her presence and paraded her for all to see. Governor Edwin Edwards, preacher turned politician, turned his talent toward the accumulation of wealth, women and power. He should be out of prison for his 82nd birthday. Louisiana politicians are larger than life and tend to obscure the Louisiana that blesses the entire nation. For instance, the Port of New Orleans handles 6,000 vessels and 700,000 passengers annually. Five thousand ships from 60 nations dock there. Midwestern states ship their grain and petroleum products from there. Ships bearing imports of rubber, chemicals, cocoa beans, coffee and petroleum unload there. But the “Wal-Mart” of deep sea services is Port Fourchan located 50 miles south of the New Orleans International Airport. Without it 35 percent of the nation’s energy would flounder. Ted Falgout, a super Cajun, runs the port. Ted is mindful that the land around him is sinking fast and when it goes out of sight, “the OPEC crisis in 1974 will look like nothing.” Out in his area of the Gulf of Mexico stand 4,000 oil platforms and 40,000 wells. (Throughout the state of Louisiana there are over a quarter million oil and gas wells). Port Fourchan accommodates 1,600 tractor trailers each day. Thirteen thousand oil field shift workers are required for that oil operation. If Port Fourchan were to shut down for even three weeks the nation would suffer the loss of $9.9 billion in sales; $2.9 billion in household earnings and over 77,000 jobs. These figures are based on $66 a barrel of oil. Think of the possible loss with oil over $100 a barrel. In addition to these contributions Louisiana provides 20 to 25 percent of the seafood for the lower 48 states, plus being a major source of salt, sulphur, and much, much more. Now for the clincher! I am writing this story from northwest Louisiana directly in the middle of the Haynesville Shale. This discovery is said to be one of the largest domestic on shore natural gas fields – ever. It could hold conservatively 168 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Chesapeake Energy has declared Haynesville the most important find in its 19 year history. T. Bone Pickens is working to find a way to run cars on natural gas. Think of the possibility. Louisiana may play an even larger role in the future welfare of the United States of America. Hooray for Louisiana! Some research statistics come from Christopher Hallowell’s HOLDING BACK THE SEA.

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