It's fitting that the man who would choose to call his business Optimistic Oil Co. in 1990 would be chosen to represent the industry as LAGCOE Looey this year. The energy industry is in need of Frank Harrison Jr.’s optimistic outlook and then some — as the Obama administration’s proposed legislation could have devastating consequences for its future.
“President Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2010 budget strips from U.S. oil and natural producers economic incentives that are vital to the existence of the industry as we know it today,” Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Don Briggs wrote in his June column in Acadiana Business. “Obama’s proposed budget is not a mere confrontation but instead a direct frontal attack on the core economic fundamentals that help provide capital to a high-risk, capital-intensive industry.”
Harrison was “hard-hatted” as LAGCOE Looey at the Petroleum Club Monday, saying he was honored to be representing the “Working Man’s Oil Show” and noting that he had spent his career working in the best industry in the world. “The only direction we’ve ever gotten from Washington is to keep energy cheap,” Harrison said, “and we’ve been able to do that so that the U.S. economy could become the greatest society the world has ever known. I’m proud to be in an industry that helped make that happen.”
LAGCOE Looey made his debut as an affable representative of the first show in 1955. Each year since then, a person has been chosen for accomplishments in, and contributions to, the energy industry. Harrison was born in Bastrop, where his father was employed by Union Producing Company as an area production and drilling supervisor. He studied geology at LSU and moved to Lafayette in 1956, working as district geologist for TransTex Drilling Company, a subsidiary of Husky Oil Co. He struck out on his own in 1959, eventually establishing Optimistic Oil Co. His son, Billy, is a partner in Houston Energy LP.
Throughout his five decades in Lafayette, Harrison has been an active civic and business leader. Additionally, he has contributed significantly on the technical side of his profession, having authored and presented 15 papers to a number of geological groups nationwide.
From Oct. 27-29 at the Cajundome and Cajundome Convention Center, Lafayette will host LAGCOE, the country’s 2nd largest energy exposition. LAGCOE provides unprecedented access to key decision makers, state-of-the-art technologies and the very latest in offshore and onshore drilling capabilities. In 2007 (the show is held biennially), LAGCOE featured 328 exhibiting companies, 755 indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces and welcomed more than 16,000 attendees.
Admission to the show and technical presentations is free but is limited to energy industry personnel.
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.