2 trillion - Amount of cubic feet of natural gas produced in Louisiana in 2010. Thanks to the Haynesville Shale in north Louisiana, natural gas production in the state reached its highest levels since 1984. Production in 2010 was 36 percent higher than in 2009 and 48 percent more than what the state generated in 2008.
31,282 - Population increase in Lafayette Parish, 2000 to 2010 – third best in the state behind St. Tammany (+42,472) and Livingston (+36,212)
159 - Percentage growth of Lafayette Parish’s Hispanic population. 2000 to 2010 Source: U.S. Census Bureau
449,140 - Number of passengers who flew to and from Lafayette Regional Airport in 2010, surpassing the record of 440,462 set in 2007. The three airlines serving the airport reported a combined increase of 2 percent in passenger activity in 2010, and the trend appears to be continuing. Several months in 2010 were the best on record, including December, when 18,413 passengers boarded planes at the airport, and another 17,848 passengers arrived — the second highest December in the airport’s history.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.