While the prices of crude oil and natural gas continue to skyrocket, is the state of Louisiana benefiting from this price boom?
While the prices of crude oil and natural gas continue to skyrocket, is the state of Louisiana, a major American producer of these energy sources, benefiting from this price boom? If not, why? Louisiana Public Square explores the changing impact of the oil and gas industry on the state's economy in "Win or Lose: Louisiana and the High Cost of Energy." LPB President/CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Media Law Professor Craig Freeman are your hosts.
Our Oil and Gas Industry
For the entire 20th century, Louisiana yielded its vast oil and gas riches to risk-taking capitalists, hard-working rig crews and bright engineers and scientists who built the state's petroleum industry into an economic powerhouse. From Caddo Lake near the Arkansas border down to the coastal marshes - and beyond - virtually every parish in the state has been touched by the oil and gas enterprise. The numbers are staggering. Nearly 20,000 Louisiana oil wells pull up 228 thousand barrels of oil a day [one barrel of oil equals 42 gallons]. That makes the state the 4th biggest producer of crude oil in the US. Louisiana is number five in natural gas production. These figures are just for onshore wells and wells within Louisiana's coastal boundaries, which extend 3 miles out into the Gulf. Even more oil is pumped by rigs in federally-controlled waters known as the OCS - the Outer Continental Shelf.
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How well is the state’s public school system really performing?
One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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