Volume 40 | October 10, 2017
GEST- WHO WE ARE
People of the Gulf States know the important role oil and gas is to our nation’s economy and way of life. The Gulf Economic Survival Team (GEST) has worked tirelessly for the past seven years to help other Americans and policy makers understand what our industry workers know to be true, that our country can have it all- a safe and robust oil and gas industry. GEST continues to effectively serve in a unique advocacy role to resolve permitting delays and work through many regulatory issues impacting offshore development.

Today, GEST continues to be a Louisiana-based grassroots advocacy organization that promotes the significance of Gulf of Mexico energy production to the U.S. economy, small service companies, and middle-class Americans throughout our great nation.
Under the leadership of President Trump, GEST recognizes that we have a tremendous opportunity to reshape the offshore oil and gas industry regulatory regime. Past regulatory actions have had monumental unintended consequences, and have had little incremental benefit in safety or environmental protection.  GEST supports a transparent regulatory framework that provides for a close collaboration with the industry experts in order to achieve a safe operating environment and environmental protection while allowing for a high level of certainty and predictability for America’s offshore oil and gas industry. 
In support of our current leadership’s momentum, GEST recently launched a campaign called Gulf Proud. Energy Strong .”   In the Gulf of Mexico we are proud to produce the energy to fuel America, to generate the revenues for the U.S. treasury, and to create thousands of good paying American Jobs. We stand together to be Gulf Proud. Energy Strong


Director Lori LeBlanc: Now is the time for
American Energy Security
Hope comes in all shapes and sizes. Throughout the Obama administration, the oil and gas industry and supporting communities beat the drum for expanded offshore production, knowing America has a real shot at energy independence if given the chance to make use of our own bountiful resources. Unfortunately, that administration’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas leasing plans fell short of our hopes, keeping 94 percent of America’s OCS waters “off limits” to development.

President Trump gave us new hope this spring, however, in a surprise announcement authorizing the Department of the Interior to reopen and reevaluate the 2019- 2024 Five-Year Lease Plan, starting with a comment period that ended Aug. 17.
Healthy oil and gas industry is essential to Louisiana | Letter via The Times-Picayune
As columnist  Bob Mann   disparages hundreds of thousands of Louisianians building their lives in our oil and natural gas industry, he says California is the future. Based on Mann's assessment, Louisiana is closer to California than we thought. The Tax Foundation says California has the third-largest tax burden on its businesses and citizens in the United States. Louisiana has the 10th-largest tax burden.

Between 2006 and 2016, Department of Natural Resources figures show that oil and natural gas companies paid nearly $14 billion to Louisiana for the opportunity to do business here. This money goes directly to the state. The oil and natural gas industry is the only industry assuming these fees and taxes, which are in addition to the normal business and payroll taxes that every business pays.
BSEE Tropical Storm Nate Activity Statistics: October 9, 2017 via Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
NEW ORLEANS  — Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are beginning to re-board platforms and rigs following Tropical Storm Nate. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Hurricane Response Team is monitoring the operators’ activities. The team will continue to work with offshore operators and other state and federal agencies until Gulf of Mexico oil and gas operations return to normal.

Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 CDT today, personnel remain evacuated from a total of 142 production platforms, which is 19.27 percent of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Production platforms are the structures located offshore from which oil and natural gas are produced. Unlike drilling rigs, which typically move from location to location, production facilities remain in the same location throughout a project’s duration. 
BP Releases its 2017 U.S. Economic Impact Report  
Nearly three decades after BP began exploring the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the company remains one of the region’s leading oil and gas producers, with lease blocks covering an area about the size of Delaware.  

“The Gulf of Mexico is central to BP’s upstream portfolio, and we’ve proven that deepwater projects can be economical even in a low oil price environment,” says Richard Morrison, regional president of BP’s Gulf of Mexico business. “By executing projects through existing infrastructure at our major hubs, we are leveraging our portfolio of highvalue, longer-life assets and strategic partnerships across deepwater to provide BP with operational momentum for years to come.”


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GEST is attending LAGCOE 2017 in a few weeks!
Come visit our table in the Lobby area

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We can't wait to hear from the 2017 Keynote Speakers!
We also hope to see you at the Coastal and Marine Pipeline Safety, Emergency Response Meeting tomorrow!
Hosted by Coastal And Marine Operators
Tune in to the Subcommittee on
Energy and Mineral Resources:
Legislative Hearing on Outer Continental Shelf Bill
Tomorrow at 2:00 PM Eastern
     Help be the Gulf's Voice    
In the Gulf of Mexico we are proud to produce the energy to fuel America, to generate the revenues for the U.S. treasury, and to create thousands of good paying American Jobs. We stand together to be
Gulf Proud. Energy Strong .  
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