Give ‘Em the Boot stops in Morgan City
A campaign called Give ‘Em the Boot brought its message of trying to rid the state of a few “greedy trial lawyers” to Morgan City Friday at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City.
Gifford Briggs, vice president of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association and director of Change Louisiana, is on a tour of Louisiana to make people aware of lawsuits that he said trial lawyers are filing against the oil and gas industry, he said.
“We want to give the community and the people of Louisiana an opportunity to stand up and have a voice and let those few greedy trial lawyers know that we don’t want them here in Louisiana,” Briggs said.
According to an LSU Center for Energy study, 30,000 jobs were lost between 2005 and 2012, Briggs said. “We have record low drilling on south Louisiana land last year, and it’s because of these environmental lawsuits. And we’ve got to do something to push back and really reclaim this state away from these abusive lawsuit environments,” he said.
Don Fontenot of Franklin, a retired county agent for St. Mary Parish, attended Friday’s event and said the topic is a timely one that needs to get out because the money is leaving with the rigs.
“By and large, the agricultural industry and the oil industry have worked pretty well together. The farmers are the world’s greatest husbands of the land, and the oil companies are also good husbands of the land,” Fontenot said.