Louisiana has led the way in the energy industry since the turn of the century.
“There are about 300,000 people who work along the Gulf of Mexico in the energy industry alone,” said David Dismukes, LSU Center for Energy Studies director. ”We import along the Gulf Coast about 60 percent of all of the crude oil in the U.S. About 40 percent of the refining capacity in the U.S. is located in this region as well. So it’s a very concentrated and important area of the country.”
The following are some statistics that highlight Louisiana’s significant role in the energy industry.
- The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) is the only port in the U.S. capable of offloading deep draft tankers.
- Louisiana has 19 operating refineries. As of January 2014, it was second only to Texas in both total and operating refinery capacity.
- Louisiana is #3 in natural gas marketed production (as of 2013)
- Louisiana is #4 in total energy production (as of 2012)
- Louisiana is #9 in crude oil production (as of 2014)
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
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