LC Port makes case in Washington on dredging funds - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

LC Port makes case in Washington on dredging funds

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Operating as the 11th largest in the country, the Port of Lake Charles is the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico for industry and refineries in Southwest Louisiana. But every year the struggle to keep the vessels moving in and out comes to a head as port officials try to make budget with the millions it takes to dredge the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

"This year the Corp. of Engineers tells us that we need about 42 million dollars in the budget and there's about 15 million dollars," said Kay Barnett, Lake Charles Port Board President. 

While they've been able to maintain the required depth, the width of the channel hasn't been dredged in years. But not because the money hasn't been there. Nearly five billion dollars sits in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. On a recent trip to Washington D.C., Barnett and Interim Port Director Mike Dees met with Louisiana lawmakers about accessing that money.

"The dredging funds are there, but the Army Corp. of Engineers just cannot access these funds adequately and my legislation will open up that fund so that the Corp. can do all that is needed to be done to dredge the ship channel completely to meet specified depths and width," said Congressman Charles Boustany.  

The bill co-authored by Boustany and a representative from Michigan aims to give ports around the country access to the surplus money - specifically for dredging. Without enough funding for annual dredging of the Calcasieu Ship Channel - the Port of Lake Charles stands to lose business and jobs.

"If we don't have the correct depth, then they have to light load their vessels and then it takes more vessels to bring in the supplies they have and when they do that it costs them more money," explained Barnett. 

Congressman Boustany expects bi-partisan support for the legislation once Congress reconvenes after the Easter break.

Copyright 2009 KPLC. All rights reserved.

 

 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    LC police confirm shooting on North Booker Street

    LC police confirm shooting on North Booker Street

    Friday, March 24 2017 4:03 PM EDT2017-03-24 20:03:06 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whiittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whiittington/KPLC)

    Lake Charles police confirm there's been a shooting in the 800 block of North Booker Street in Lake Charles..

    More >>

    Lake Charles police confirm there's been a shooting in the 800 block of North Booker Street in Lake Charles..

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain coming through tonight with thunderstorm lasting into Saturday morning.

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain coming through tonight with thunderstorm lasting into Saturday morning.

    Friday, March 24 2017 3:24 PM EDT2017-03-24 19:24:33 GMT
    Showers and thunderstorms come through tonightShowers and thunderstorms come through tonight

    Overnight showers and thunderstorms will come through tonight. We will see windy conditions with these storms. The rain will start as early as the early evening hours and will last into Saturday morning. No severe weather is expected tonight, but there is a chance for heavy rainfall in some areas. Temperatures will cool down to the upper 60s tonight, thanks to the rain and cloud cover keeping the warmer temperatures near the surface. 

    More >>

    Overnight showers and thunderstorms will come through tonight. We will see windy conditions with these storms. The rain will start as early as the early evening hours and will last into Saturday morning. No severe weather is expected tonight, but there is a chance for heavy rainfall in some areas. Temperatures will cool down to the upper 60s tonight, thanks to the rain and cloud cover keeping the warmer temperatures near the surface. 

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Ali Barconey found guilty of second-degree murder in 2014 death of Nathaniel Reynaud

    Ali Barconey found guilty of second-degree murder in 2014 death of Nathaniel Reynaud

    Friday, March 24 2017 2:50 PM EDT2017-03-24 18:50:04 GMT
    Nathaniel Reynaud (Source: Family)Nathaniel Reynaud (Source: Family)

    Closing arguments are expected today in the second-degree murder trial of the man accused of killing Nathaniel "Dirty Red" Reynaud. Ali Barconey stands accused of killing Reynaud at a home on Allen Street in 2014. The defense put on its case Friday morning and the prosecution is now offering its rebuttal. Barconey's nephew, William Lee Carter, took the stand Thursday as the state's last witness. He testified that he, Barconey and Trevis Barber went into the home armed on ...

    More >>

    Closing arguments are expected today in the second-degree murder trial of the man accused of killing Nathaniel "Dirty Red" Reynaud. Ali Barconey stands accused of killing Reynaud at a home on Allen Street in 2014. The defense put on its case Friday morning and the prosecution is now offering its rebuttal. Barconey's nephew, William Lee Carter, took the stand Thursday as the state's last witness. He testified that he, Barconey and Trevis Barber went into the home armed on ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly