Introducing the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale
Around these parts, we have a word that aptly describes shale formations: ubitquitious. (sic) Every conventional oil and gas basin must have a hydrocarbon source, and that source is a shale. And since shales are low in permeability, we’re finding that the source rock still contains plenty of hydrocarbons, if you can figure out how to get the stuff out. One of the newly-emerging plays | Read More »
Offshore O&G Lease Sale: Small Companies Stay Away in Droves
On Wednesday of the week just past, the Department of the Interior conducted the first sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico since BP’s Macondo oil spill. Measured by the statistics touted in Interior’s press release, the sale would appear to be a rousing success: NEW ORLEANS – The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced that its | Read More »
The (very belated) Louisiana election results open thread.
Sorry: given the way that the Louisiana Democratic party is more or less at the Cheyne-Stokes breathing stage at this point it didn’t really seem that high a priority. Results here. Bobby Jindal won, of course (and it wasn’t even close); but it looks like that the Lt. Governor and Secretary of State races are going to be closer. Honestly, I don’t know enough about | Read More »
The Democratic Wipeout in Louisiana is of Biblical Proportions
Huey Long must be turning over in his grave. Qualifying closed today for Louisiana’s Fall 2011 statewide elections, and the once super-dominant Democratic Party has failed to field a single credible candidate for statewide office. Not a single one. Louisiana’s citizens have common sense. They understand that the policies favored by Washington Dems (on energy in particular) seem expressly designed to cripple Louisiana’s economy and | Read More »
Reminder: primary deadline in Louisiana tomorrow.
We’re in day two of the three day qualifying period for the gubernatorial primary, you see. Another reminder: the only person that the Democrats have had so far who is willing to stand up and publicly oppose Bobby Jindal is… Tara Hollis, schoolteacher. She is not particularly expected to win – but there’s nobody else right now, and that situation is being repeated all the | Read More »
Edwin Edwards for Governor?
Fans of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards have created a Facebook page called “Ask Obama to Pardon Edwin Edwards”. As an convicted felon, the Silver Zipper is precluded from running for a fifth term as governor. Barack Obama could change all that. According to Edwin, you see, Bobby Jindal has things so messed up in Louisiana that the Democrats are having trouble finding anyone to | Read More »
The Silver Zipper Rides Again!
Ewe, a photo from NOLA.com, posted by S Maley on Flickr. On Friday, former Louisiana Governor and ex-con Edwin W. Edwards (D) escorted his new wife Trina through New Orleans’ French Quarter after their Friday wedding at the Hotel Monteleone, on their way to a post-wedding feast at historic Galatoire’s. At a $250-a-plate roast on Saturday night, a gang of former and current politicians and | Read More »
Substituting Sloganeering for Leadership in Louisiana
For years, Democrats in Louisiana ran the state legislature incompetently and inefficiently, wasting the taxpayers’ money and creating bloated entitlement programs that generated structural budget deficits that were almost impossible to overcome. In 2010, for the first time in ages, Republicans finally gained control of both chambers of the Louisiana legislature, giving them the chance to finally show the people of Louisiana that Republicans could | Read More »
Reform on the Ropes in Louisiana – Pension Reform
See Part 1 of this series here. In addition to reforming the Medicaid system in Louisiana, Bobby Jindal is attempting to reform the state employees’ pension system in Louisiana – a move that conservatives have supported in other states like New Jersey. In order to understand this move, it is necessary to explain how the state pension system works. In the typical private retirement system, | Read More »
Reform on the Ropes in Louisiana (Part 1 – Healthcare)
“True fiscal conservatism supports privatization of government services wherever possible because the private sector is almost always more efficient than the government.“ Although he has not kept a national profile as high as that of some other Republican governors like Chris Christie or Scott Walker, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has been quietly and competently reforming state government in Louisiana since his election. Jindal has successfully | Read More »
The Oil Spill Commissioner’s Anti-Oil Bias
Former Democratic Senator Bob Graham of Florida is co-chair of the President’s Oil Spill Commission. The Commission, stacked with environmentalists and Harvard lawyers and notably absent any working industry expertise, delivered its report to the President earlier this month. Its contents were predictable, calling for more regulation and more government. Here’s what Sen. Graham had to say this week: This is a wakeup call to | Read More »
Former Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) Leaves the Crossbar Hotel
Former Governor Edwin W. Edwards (D) left the Federal Penitentiary in Oakdale, LA today, ending 8-1/2 years of confinement. He had been sentence to 10 years on racketeering charges, stemming from his involvement in the state’s casino licensing process. He will live with his daughter in suburban Baton Rouge, and the terms of his release require him to check in periodically at a halfway house. | Read More »
‘Haynesville’, the Film
Turesday night, CNBC featured the broadcast premiere of Haynesville, a documentary film by Gregory Kallenberg. The film tells of the impact of the Haynesville Shale natural gas field on the residents of DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. I’d recommend Haynesville to everyone. According to its boosters, the Haynesville Shale contains some 230 trillion cubic feet of gas. To put that in perspective, that quantity is roughly equal | Read More »
Party Switch in LA: Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle (D to R)
Louisiana’s interim Lt. Governor Scott Angelle has announced that he is changing his party affiliation to Republican. BATON ROUGE – Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle of Breaux Bridge today dropped his long-time Democratic ties and joined the Republican Party. Angelle, who will return to his appointed position as secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources when a new lieutenant governor is seated after the Nov. | Read More »
Speak Truth to Idiots, Lose Your Job
The East St. John Wildcats (Reserve, LA) dedicated last night’s 49-14 football victory over Destrehan to Coach Larry Dauterive, who abruptly resigned Friday. In doing so, the team showed more class, wisdom and respect than their supposed role models in the community can muster. Coach Dauterive resigned under pressure from the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board over supposedly racially insensitive remarks he made | Read More »