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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and Ron Wyden, from Oregon, toured Port Fourchon and its facilities Saturday.

Louisiana’s senior U.S. Senator, Mary Landrieu, toured Port Fourchon on Saturday with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, giving him a first hand look at how the port operates and its importance to the local and national economy.

Should the Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate in the November elections, Wyden will become chairman of the Committee Energy and Natural Resources.

If the Republicans take control of the Senate, he will become the ranking member. Landrieu is also a member of the committee.

The two senators, along with Greater Lafourche Port Commission Executive Director Chett Chaisson, toured the port facilities and took an aerial view of the LA1 corridor by helicopter.

Following the tour, Landrieu and Wyden met with area officials in a roundtable discussion focusing on the area’s needs and priorities. Attending were Chaisson, Port Commission members Harris “Chuckie” Cheramie, Jr. and Jimmy “T-Jim” Lafont, South Lafourche Levee District General Manager Windell Curole, Terrebonne Parish President Michele Claudet, and Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District General Manager Reggie Dupre.

In addition, several members of private industry were also in attendance.

“Senator Wyden will have an influential role in shaping the energy policy in the next few years and we are glad to have the opportunity to show him the importance of Port Fourchon and how what happens here has an effect all across the nation,” said Chaisson.

Wyden was briefed on a myriad of issues affecting the port and south Louisiana including additional funding needs to complete the elevated Louisiana Highway 1 project, coastal restoration, revenue sharing from offshore drilling and the need to simplify paperwork and streamline regulations in the new permitting processes put in place after the oil spill of 2010.