May 27, 2014 5:51 PM
Today, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, hosted three events in Louisiana to promote energy job creation along America's Working Coast. All three events were a part of Sen. Landrieu's "Coast on Call: Energy for Today and Tomorrow" tour with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
In the morning, Sen. Landrieu and Sec. Moniz participated in a public meeting on the Department of Energy's Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). The QER is the first-ever review of the nation's energy policy. This is one of 14 hearings across the country. Sen. Landrieu provided opening remarks at the meeting in New Orleans, the third in the series, focused on the petroleum energy infrastructure.
Sen. Landrieu and Sec. Moniz travelled to Port Fourchon, the nation's leading energy supply port that services and supplies 90 percent of all deepwater oil and gas activity. They participated in a windshield tour of the port and received a briefing from port officials.
In the afternoon Sen. Landrieu and Sec. Moniz visited the Port of Iberia, an energy fabrication port that produces topside offshore platforms. Sen. Landrieu secured a provision in the water infrastructure bill Congress just passed that allows the port to dredge its channel. Read more about this effort. They received a tour of Omega Natchiq's fabrication yard at the port.