POD: Politics & Drilling, According To Briggs

In this episode of The LaPolitics Report, we talk to Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Gifford Briggs, who recently succeeded his father, Don Briggs, to oversee one of the most prominent organizations in the state.

Briggs talks about his support for another constitutional convention, the role of his association’s PACs in local elections and what we can expect for oil prices in the near future. “We have so much gas that they’re giving it away for free in Texas,” he said. “We are at a level of record abundance here in the United States that I don’t think anyone saw coming.”

He also talks about ways his job isn’t what he would have guessed. “It certainly wasn’t what I expected when I came back to work for the association in 2007,” said Briggs. “I thought we’d be talking about drilling wells and the challenges that go along with that, and the opportunities to bring a lot of revenue to the state and pay royalties. What I have ended up spending most of my time on — and certainly what we as an association have spent most of our time on since 2007 — is talking about the legal environment and legal challenges… Most of that time, it’s been legacy lawsuits.”

Briggs also talks about how his association engages its members and online audience, why they dropped the “I” (for “Independent”) in LIOGA and the association’s headquarters at the late country singer and former Gov. Jimmie Davis’ Baton Rouge home.

Plus, we look at the importance of name recognition in Louisiana politics, especially south of the I-10. You’ll never pronounce “Cazayoux” wrong again.

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