The Department of Natural Resources is continuing with its efforts in assisting oil and gas exploration and production companies in bringing their operations back on line and getting fuel flowing. The Department’s Office of Conservation is currently in the process of contacting 126 operators with producing wells in a 17-parish region for information regarding the status of their production operations.
Energy companies and operators should be aware as this hurricane season begins June 1st, that new procedures are in place which will allow for an orderly and secure return to the workplace after a storm event. Also, all resource requests during and immediately following a storm event should be made to the local parish Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The Parish EOC will then forward requests to the State EOC if the local resources are not available or if local government cannot assist.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold four public meetings in March to hear ideas on hurricane work across Louisiana.
On Monday, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Scott Angelle joined Governor Kathleen Blanco in the Senate Chambers as members of the Senate listened to testimony of Senator Reggie Dupre of Houma on legislation that would bring hurricane protection and coastal preservation together for the first time.
State DNR Secretary Scott Angelle made available today this report on the department’s performance in accessing and evaluating impacts and damages as a consequence from Hurricane Katrina. “I have seen some of the disruption, some of the damage to our coast, but it is just still too early to gauge realistic impacts to our resources from Katrina,” Angelle said. Angelle was able to fly-over some of the impacted coastal areas struck by Katrina, several days ago, but then was called to report to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee in the nation’s Capitol on September 7th.
State DNR Provides Web Links related to Katrina/Rita
Weather often increases demand for heating oil and natural gas during cold winter months and can seriously affect demand for electricity during the summer cooling season. Weather also has distinct short term effects on the energy supply.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will participate in a hurricane evacuation exercise called “Hurricane Pam” starting next week. All state government agencies will be involved in response efforts for this week-long exercise.