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Panelist Bio


Don G. Briggs
Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

Don Briggs is the president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA). LOGA is an independent oil and gas association representing exploration, producing and service sector companies operating in Louisiana. . LOGA services its membership by creating incentives for Louisiana's oil & gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing burdensome regulations, and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas industry in the state of Louisiana.

Don is a native of Miami, Florida and a 1964 graduate of USL in Lafayette. Don began his career in the oil and gas industry with Owen Drilling Company. He worked for Owen while attending USL. He has been actively involved in the oil and gas industry ever since – over 45 years. Don is the father of four and has been a resident of Lafayette over 40 years.

In October of 1992, he stepped away from his service company business in Lafayette to organize LOGA (formerly LIOGA). He knew that if the industry was to survive under the onslaught of the many bureaucratic state and federal agencies, the industry needed to be represented in Baton Rouge.

Among the many positions for industry and government that Mr. Briggs has held include appointments by the Governor to the Ground Water Management Advisory Task Force and the Governor’s Environmental Task Force.
In his spare time, Don enjoys golfing, fishing, biking and reading.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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