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01 29, 2015 by LMOGA
New Orleans —Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association concluded its 2015 annual meeting as the oldest state trade association and only entity exclusively representing all sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico.
The two-day meeting held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans convened local, state and national stakeholders to focus on Louisiana’s growing role in providing energy to America. The LMOGA annual meeting program included presentations from Louisiana gubernatorial candidates; Gregory Hill, President and COO of Hess Corporation; and Chris Chandler, General Manager of Natural Gas Liquids for Phillips 66.
LMOGA also announced the re-election of James M. Hutchison, Sr. of Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas as Chairman of the Board and Karl Connor, BP America, Inc., as Vice-Chairman. Newly elected board members for 2015 include Tracy Case, Refining General Manager, Marathon Petroleum Company LP in Garyville, La. and Lem Smith, Government and Regulatory Affairs at EnCana Oil & Gas, (USA) Inc.
During the luncheon presentation, LMOGA President Chris John presented BP America Vice President Luke Keller, with the association’s highest honor, the Pelican Award, which recognizes a company that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the industry and made significant contributions to the community and to the state of Louisiana. The award was specifically presented to BP for its dedication to STEM education and workforce development. BP has invested $4 million in a state-of-the-art offshore training facility at Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma, La., to ensure Louisiana’s competitive edge in the energy sector for years to come. BP’s recently released US Economic Impact Report 2014 showed that BP spent more than $1 billion with over 375 Louisiana vendors.
“BP is proud to be a significant part of Louisiana’s economy, supporting more than 8,500 jobs in the state. And our investment at Fletcher Technical Community College will develop the next generation of offshore workers, preparing them for high-tech and well-paying careers,” said Keller. “Thank you to LMOGA for recognizing BP’s work in the industry and our broader support of communities in Louisiana.”
In addition, LMOGA presented its Blue Heron Award to state Sen. Robert Adley and state Rep. Gordon Dove for their exceptional environmental stewardship in association with oil and gas activity. Both term-limited state officials were recognized for their unique efforts to address the compatibility of the oil and gas industry with environmental progress, especially in terms of their leadership in handling legislation dealing with site remediation and coastal restoration.
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