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01/06 - Win or Lose: Louisiana and the High Cost of Energy

01/06 - Win or Lose: Louisiana and the High Cost of Energy

While the prices of crude oil and natural gas continue to skyrocket, is the state of Louisiana benefiting from this price boom?

While the prices of crude oil and natural gas continue to skyrocket, is the state of Louisiana, a major American producer of these energy sources, benefiting from this price boom? If not, why? Louisiana Public Square explores the changing impact of the oil and gas industry on the state's economy in "Win or Lose: Louisiana and the High Cost of Energy." LPB President/CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Media Law Professor Craig Freeman are your hosts.

Backgrounder

Our Oil and Gas Industry

For the entire 20th century, Louisiana yielded its vast oil and gas riches to risk-taking capitalists, hard-working rig crews and bright engineers and scientists who built the state's petroleum industry into an economic powerhouse. From Caddo Lake near the Arkansas border down to the coastal marshes - and beyond - virtually every parish in the state has been touched by the oil and gas enterprise. The numbers are staggering. Nearly 20,000 Louisiana oil wells pull up 228 thousand barrels of oil a day [one barrel of oil equals 42 gallons]. That makes the state the 4th biggest producer of crude oil in the US. Louisiana is number five in natural gas production. These figures are just for onshore wells and wells within Louisiana's coastal boundaries, which extend 3 miles out into the Gulf. Even more oil is pumped by rigs in federally-controlled waters known as the OCS - the Outer Continental Shelf.

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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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