Oil and Gas


Louisiana's oil and gas industry is a critical element of the state's economy. Not only is it one of the largest employers in the state, but Louisiana's oil and gas industry is a major economic driver for the entire country.

Louisiana produces about 27 percent of the total U.S. crude oil production. Among U.S. states, Louisiana is ranked:

  • No. 1 in crude oil production
  • No. 2 in total energy production
  • No. 2 in petrochemical production
  • No. 2 in natural gas production
  • No. 2 in refining capacity

During Hurricane Katrina, oil production, imports and refining were halted along the Gulf Coast and in coastal Louisiana, causing billions of dollars in economic losses. Restoring Louisiana's wetlands will help create an important line of defense for vital oil and gas infrastructure and lessen economic damages caused by storms.

The Louisiana oil and gas extraction industry directly employs 50,500 people, more than half of whom live in coastal parishes. The industry pays $2.7 billion annually in wages, which fuel local economies.

There are nearly 50,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines in Louisiana. South Louisiana, which includes offshore production, contains 5,000 producing crude wells and 2,300 producing natural gas wells.

By investing in the full range of restoration projects set forth in the state's coastal master plan, we can help ensure that this crucial energy infrastructure will be less vulnerable to coastal land loss and extreme storms.