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"Oil & Water Don't Mix" in Louisiana, a petro-colonial state

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Mike Stagg's slides from his presentation "Oil & Water Don't Mix." Delivered at the Universalist Unitarian Church of New Orleans on August 19, 2014.

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"Oil & Water Don't Mix" in Louisiana, a petro-colonial state

  1. 1. MIKE STAGG I UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH - NOLA - B/1;"! /1.‘-I
  2. 2. THE TRUTH IS LIKE A l|0N. YOU DON’T HAVE TO DEFEND | T. LET IT lDOSE. IT WILL DEFEND ITSELF. - «St. e/ fag/ zali/ w
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  8. 8. Oxford Dictionary Definition of colonialism in English: colonialism Syllabification: co-lo-ni-al-ism / ka'l<'Jnéa,1izam / NOU N The policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically.
  9. 9. The Oil 86 Gas Industry's grip on Louisiana Government and Politics is clear, but shaky.
  10. 10. Louisiana Oil 86 Gas Industry Political Holdings ‘wj
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  14. 14. Louisiana Oil 86 Gas Industry Political Holdings DEQ LOUISIANA
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  17. 17. Oil 86 Gas man fitom NW LA 4- Got fracking equipment exempted from tax code. + Led fight against Levee Board Lawsuit. + Former LOGA Board member 7-M, “ + Raked in nearly $600K in oil ‘Sf contributions. r . * ["1 F r‘. ,;. ‘._. _v v _‘_J_l-. .F. u:c‘-Bi v +‘ L ll" id. -.l, J_ , wt~, u.J
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  19. 19. Bavour come: Illllt consniretl with Texas Brine Officials upset about lack of information Advocate, The (Baton Rouge, LA] — Friday, August 10, 2012 Author: DA VID J. MITCHELL BAYOU CORNE - Assumption Parish leaders reacted angrily Thursday to revelations that Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and Texas Brine Co. LLC officials had known since January 2011 about possible problems at a salt cavern now suspected as a cause of a large sinkhole in the vicinity of the Napoleonville Dome. Rep, Karen St. Germain, D—Pierre Part; Sheriff Mike Waguespack; Police Jury President Martin "Martyr Triche; and John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said they were "upset" and "disturbed" to leam about those problems not directly from DNR, but in a news account Thursday. “I'm very disappointed in DNR not being up—front, " Waguespack said.
  20. 20. sfluhulflfli ll I 1 ll-l_l-H_i llllwisi lui H all I ljl Jill Trill: ll I i Li I Hil, At issue in the Houma case is a finding by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal thata parish ordinance requiring a l—mi| e buffer zone between injection wells and homes, churches orschools violates the state constitution and contradicts specific state statutes. ”Loca| government bodies have been denied the power to adopt local ordinances independently regulating or prohibiting the disposal of oil and gas waste, ” the decision states. ”T he legislature has given authority over the location, design and operation of hazardous waste disposal facilities . . . to the Office of Conservation through the Commissioner of Conservation. We conclude that the regulation of the disposal of any waste product into the subsurface by means of a disposal well including siting is within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Office of Conservation. ”
  21. 21. The flil E; flee influstrvs meet‘ in luieiena ie based en two myths were believable iii e time. the myths were that the industry was heth eneimleet anu 7M7i*+ iflm iv in? iewfli We
  22. 22. Shredding the ‘Benevolent’ Myth
  23. 23. Shredding the ‘Benevolent’ Myth flllllllfll SBVflI‘fllI| }E tax exemntiuns
  24. 24. severance taxes are the eenstitutienal expression at the ltemmens. Commons refers to the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately. The resources held in common can include everything from natural resources and common land to software. The commons contains public property and private property, over which people have certain traditional rights.
  25. 25. Shredding the ‘Benevolent’ Mvlh “II! II“ 3 gas ilIlIIIStl'V has fllllflllt Vi[IlIl'l| lIS| V tll llflfflllll its SBVBl'flIIlll! tflX BXBflI| ltillflS flllll, ill 80 llllillfl, has lIfllIBl'lIliIIl! lI its IIWH lllvtll [If IIEHEVIIIBIIIIE.
  26. 26. Shredding the Benign Myth A series of events over the past tlesatle have exposed the myth of the industry's heniun presence here to he
  27. 27. st-Katrina Federal
  28. 28. Huffman? Rita 0‘ __ - ' an « §: :;La-V-mung: -. ‘--hczullnfi . .. .&l I ‘ J i _'I;3’g', !f; I:_Iyg '- ‘1’;1°‘j.5«",31“"! :'—: s!'['. J.'J'ficbr°'! I:I! I!l1i
  29. 29. Hurricane Gustav 2008
  30. 30. Shredding the Benign Mvln '- ': » ' -1 P I ‘F-- llurricane '5' , IKE n '5
  31. 31. Gusher
  32. 32. Shredding the Benign Myth Ileenwater Horizon 3 BP lilllf lillslllil‘
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  34. 34. Shredding the Benign Myth
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  36. 36. The coming right
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  38. 38. Despite not having any political capital invested in the Legislature, supporters of the Levee Board Lawsuit came within one vote of defeating the industry, the Governor and the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry.
  39. 39. The potential for alliances is there across the state. - Toledo Bend. - Ouachita River - Mossville - Florida Parishes - Southern Hills Aquifer - Coastal Communities
  40. 40. There is curently only ONE POLITICAL PARTY. That is the Great Oil Party. No Democrats. No Republicans. They have all, to one degree or another, sold out the interests of the people of the state to the industry. Which side are you on?
  41. 41. '5 Energy Co C5""'“”’ Prarriewlle 1 Break” Bridge Waquemrne 2, LAO Brcmssard Gonzales Arrakanas Is“and W. Idufe Managsmewt Area New Iberia 5‘; Q 4h45min r. Morgan City mrsseh‘ Sage Foundatxcn Marsh rs'arm Slafe Archararaya me-Ha Sm‘? Wurrur; rricior: Bank of the S'i'c. 'tL! s Quo g '2 Ir ?3 mm {7} Pcnchamula Joyce Wrr':1v‘uFe . Management Area ‘.72’ Lncombc ‘—' 15' Shd< » n 1 I‘ . ‘.w I, ':"m' W 63 . drrvur Lamace Wm? /‘I Ki. ‘ New Orleans Vache-rue " .3127,» Kennfir 7,‘. East Area New’Or| eans - Luhrlg *; ' O‘Harvey, LA Waodmere ‘If Sa'var‘ar «'Ir-‘dhfe . “-51 , - Marlagemer: Area -‘ ‘*3 . u.. 4. 11 in Porn‘? L“'°5°_ Lu Han v; (gig? "’ _ {:3 Hnr r I4 : L3‘ , r3175; Galhano 561 ma ma. . * . 3215 u
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