U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle (R-Breaux Bridge) spoke at the event. Each candidate expressed his vision for the future of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry and how the state and the industry can continue its century-long relationship to grow, deliver new jobs and address major challenges.
Vitter said the jobs produced locally and nationally by Louisiana’s oil and gas industry have been a key part of the nation’s economic recovery from 2008 and said he wants the federal government to not interfere with further development in the energy sector. He also touched on the need for lawsuit reform in Louisiana, which he says is an ongoing issue facing the state.
“At the national level, we need to get the federal government out of the way and let this industry prosper and create more jobs and more American energy,” said Vitter. “Here in Louisiana, we’re generally a very welcoming state for this type of development, but we can do better right here as well. One area [we can focus on] is to dramatically improve our litigation climate. We still have way too many attacks on good, solid job producers, way too many frivolous lawsuits, including in the energy industry with the cottage industry of legacy lawsuits continuing to thrive and prosper unfortunately.”