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Fortunately, has begun a review of regulations with the aim of balancing environmental protection and economic development, as discussed in the May 16 article, “Louisiana's environmental chief looks to ease permitting for businesses.” We know the department’s aim is doable and that environmental progress does not have to come at the expense of developing critical energy infrastructure.

Additionally, DEQ Secretary Aurelia Skipwith Giacometto states that her team is documenting all permits where unnecessary steps are part of the process. That’s a good thing because barriers to the advancement and development of American energy, alongside delays in permitting processes, are impeding needed infrastructure investments.

Permitting reform is a big step towards securing America’s energy advantage. It also helps incentivize investment and create jobs, ultimately benefiting America’s national security and economy. The development of modern, innovative infrastructure is necessary to meet the nation’s growing energy needs.

Gov. Jeff Landry and Secretary Giacometto’s exemplary demonstration of strong energy leadership and support for the industry should be applauded.

GIFFORD BRIGGS

director, Gulf Coast Region American Petroleum Institute

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