LAKE CHARLES, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) held its annual meeting in Lake Charles to discuss the future of these resources which drive Louisiana.
Political heavyweights were everywhere. Congressman Bill Cassidy and Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter were keynote speakers.
Vitter highlighted the potential opportunities the industry presents.
"It is a boom, it is historic, and it is a game changer. And it is very, very exciting the opportunities that will be created if we get things right in government-- federal and state," said Sen. Vitter.
Landrieu spoke on how the federal government owes us. Landrieu said Louisiana should get back a bigger check for what our massive petroleum grid provides.
"We need a portion of that back," said Sen. Landrieu, "to help us restore our coastline and secure us from the storms that come and help us build our infrastructure."
Landrieu also learned earlier that Russia banned her and 8 other US officials from traveling there. The ban is a response to President Obama's new sanctions following Russia's takeover of the Crimea Region.
Sen. Landrieu says her Russian sanction is a "badge of honor."